Schofield stars for Surrey
A Chris Schofield half-century guided Surrey to a two-wicket win over Glamorgan in their Clydesdale Bank 40 game under the SWALEC Stadium floodlights.
Surrey were set 224 to win but looked in trouble until Schofield and Gareth Batty rescued their side from 126 for six in the 26th over with a 53-run partnership.
Schofield, who hit an unbeaten 64 from 55 balls, still lost Batty, who needed a runner, and then Chris Tremlett, but kept his head and was there at the end as Surrey sealed their third 40-over victory to move into second place in Group A.
It condemned Glamorgan to another disappointing defeat after they went down to the Unicorns last weekend.
After Glamorgan won the toss Mark Cosgrove and Tom Maynard hit half-centuries in their side’s total of 223 for eight.
Cosgrove and Jim Allenby gave their side a very useful platform putting on 88 for the first wicket in 13 overs but they then lost wickets at regular intervals until Maynard steadied the ship.
Cosgrove was particularly impressive, especially when he drove Andre Nel for a big six over long-off. The Australian reached 50 from 46 balls as the hosts moved to 75 without loss.
Glamorgan’s slide began when Batty had Allenby caught off a top edge attempting a slog-sweep, and captain Jamie Dalrymple perished when he was stumped by Gary Wilson off a Schofield wide as the spinners made their mark.
And 95 for two soon became 105 for three when Surrey claimed the crucial wicket of Cosgrove, who was bowled giving Batty the charge.
Surrey’s fightback continued as Ben Wright holed out to long-on off spinner Matthew Spriegel.
Maynard put on 26 with left-hander Mark Wallace, who became Wilson’s second stumping victim after he was beaten by turn from Batty.
And Maynard went to a 50-ball half century before he and David Brown both perished during the batting powerplay.
In reply, Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown made a positive start but was well caught by a diving David Brown at mid-on off Huw Waters.
Apart from a 42-run partnership between Mark Ramprakash and Usman Afzaal, who came together after Stewart Walters went leg before to Brown, wickets fell at regular intervals.
Will Owen had Afzaal well caught at slip by Allenby attempting a flashing drive before Ramprakash gloved a short ball behind.
And the Surrey misery continued when Spriegel was run out backing up and Wilson was stumped off a leg-side wide.
At that stage Glamorgan were slight favourites but, when Surrey took the batting powerplay quite early, Schofield plundered a six and a four off consecutive Chris Ashling deliveries and he did not look back.