Davies hurts Worcestershire again
Steven Davies returned to haunt Worcestershire as Surrey, batting second, chalked up their second Clydesdale Bank 40 victory of the season by 30 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method at New Road.
The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman led a successful run-chase, adding a fluent 81 from 55 balls to the 206 he scored in two innings in the LV= County Championship meeting with his former county at Whitgift School last month.
Replying to the home side’s 235 for seven, Surrey lost two early wickets before Davies picked up the tempo in a partnership of 85 in 12 overs with Usman Afzaal.
It was only over-indulgence that caused his downfall when he hit Chris Whelan for six-four-six from successive balls and then lifted the next delivery into Ben Smith’s hands on the deep square-leg boundary.
Happily for Surrey, no damage was done as Afzaal, unbeaten with 51, and Mathew Spriegel, with 31 not out, put on 59 before rain ended the contest with the Lions on 191 for three after 31 overs.
Worcestershire suffered their second defeat in the competition after raising a competitive total thanks to an unbeaten 48 by James Cameron, an all-rounder who left Zimbabwe to study at university and play cricket in Western Australia.
Signed on a two-year contract in the winter, he arrived at New Road after being spotted by Worcestershire’s Australian-born bowling coach Matt Mason when turning out in grade competitions in Perth.
A hard-hitting left-hander who represented Zimbabwe at under-19 level, he turned Worcestershire’s innings round in a sixth-wicket partnership of 65 in 13 overs with Daryl Mitchell, who contributed 35.
Strong on the leg-side, Cameron had the confidence to drive Chris Schofield over long-on for six and also hit four fours while scoring at almost a run-a-ball.
With his simple but effective method, the 24-year-old British passport holder held up Surrey when they had Worcestershire in trouble at 140 for five in the 23rd over.
Off-spinner Gareth Batty, like Davies returning to New Road for the first time since leaving Worcestershire at the end of last summer, claimed the two most important wickets.
Phil Jaques found his best form of the season with 78 from 65 balls before top edging a sweep and Alexei Kervezee was lbw for 39 soon after hoisting Batty for six.
Iftikhar Anjum was easily the pick of Surrey’s seamers. The Pakistan one-day international bowled Vikram Solanki and had Moeen Ali caught in his first spell and finished with three for 39 after skittling Ben Scott.