Roy sends Surrey into semis
Jason Roy’s maiden one-day century powered Surrey into the semi-finals of the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a crushing 130-run win over fading champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
On the same pitch which Alastair Cook made 294 for England against India in last week’s third Test, Roy struck 101 from 95 balls to lay the foundations for Surrey’s daunting 282 for seven, their third consecutive 270-plus total.
Surrey’s bowlers then took control with off-spinner Matthew Spriegel claiming a season’s best 3-39 as Warwickshire subsided to 152 all out and their sixth defeat in 11 matches in a disappointing one-day campaign.
Surrey remain the only unbeaten side in the competition and are now assured of a place in the last four.
Roy capitalised on a flying start from Steven Davies, who struck 40 from just 28 balls with seven of his nine fours coming in two overs from debutant seamer Tom Allin.
Former Cardiff University student Allin was unfortunate to run into Davies in such commanding form after he was entrusted with the new ball, and he was not given another chance by Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton.
Rikki Clarke briefly checked Surrey’s progress when he had captain Rory Hamilton-Brown and Chris Schofield caught behind in the space of four balls, but Roy then took control.
The 21-year-old stroked his way to his fifth half-century in the competition this season, from 54 balls, and then accelerated to three figures in only 39 more deliveries, straight-driving Steffan Piolet for his only six.
Roy pulled Clarke to Jim Troughton, but Spriegel, with whom he added 51 for the sixth wicket, made an unbeaten 40 at a run a ball to cap a solid batting display.
Warwickshire soon ran into trouble with Varun Chopra clipping England one-day seamer Jade Dernbach to short midwicket.
Spriegel was driven for six by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, making his Warwickshire debut, but the West Indies left-hander then got a leading edge to mid-on off Yasir Arafat.
Spriegel snared Neil Carter, Will Porterfield and Troughton lbw in successive overs and Dernbach returned to have Tim Ambrose caught by Roy at cover on his way to 3-39, a reminder to the England selectors ahead of the Twenty20 and one-day squads being named on Saturday.
Warwickshire slipped to 74 for six and only some late aggression from Piolet in his 36-ball 39 delayed Surrey’s inevitable victory.