Davies downs Scotland
Steven Davies fell four short of a hundred as Surrey made a winning start to their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Scotland in their Group B encounter at the Kia Oval.
The 24-year-old left-hander has his eye on an England recall this summer after missing out on the World Cup and continued his run of good form with 96 from 97 balls as Surrey eased past their target of 197 with seven overs to spare.
A sixth List A hundred looked his for the taking, but trying to work the ball through square on the leg-side he got a leading edge to backward point to give Gordon Goudie his second wicket.
Davies lost his opening partner Rory Hamilton-Brown in the second over of the reply when the Surrey captain mis-timed his shot off Goudie to midwicket, but it was plain sailing for Surrey after that as Davies and Jason Roy put together a match-winning stand of 128 in 20.3 overs.
Davies offered a couple of half-chances when his mis-timed drive nearly gave Matt Parker a return catch and Majid Haq failed to pick up the flight of the ball at long-on when the batsman was on 88.
His innings featured 11 fours, five of which were struck in 11 balls off Parker, and followed an impressive 98 in the LV= County Championship against Middlesex last week.
Roy powered a six over the off-side off Haq and the 20-year-old also struck nine fours in his maiden List A half-century. Haq had his revenge when Roy was caught on the midwicket boundary, having made 60 from 62 balls.
Zander de Bruyn struck an unbeaten 32 on his Surrey one-day debut, winning the game when he drove Goudie over long-on for six.
The Saltires had earlier failed to make the most of perfect batting conditions, after winning the toss, despite a maiden half-century from Josh Davey.
The 20-year-old is on Middlesex's books but on loan to Scotland for the competition and he held their innings together with 50 from 73 balls to underpin a total of 196 for nine.
When he was adding 49 in 10 overs with Paul Mommsen for the fifth wicket Scotland had hope of posting a competitive total, especially as they still had a powerplay to use.
Davey could only find the boundary twice, but his footwork against Surrey's spinners was assured as he more than doubled his previous highest score in a List A game.
Mommsen was pinned in front by Chris Schofield's arm ball for 30 after some impressive hitting and Davey departed in the 36th over for 50 from 73 balls when he mis-timed a drive at Yasir Arafat, who took three wickets but proved expensive. By contrast, Jade Dernbach took 2-13 from eight overs.
Scotland plundered 35 from their second powerplay, which they took in the 35th over, thanks to some bold hitting from Calvin Burnett.
The 20-year-old made 31 from 26 balls with four boundaries on his debut but Scotland's total was never going to be enough against a strong Surrey batting line-up and after three successive defeats their chances of reaching the knockout stages are slim.