Davies dazzles as Surrey stroll
Steven Davies kept alive Surrey's hopes of clinching a semi-final place in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a superb 101 off 85 balls as the Lions overcame the Unicorns by 66 runs at Wormsley.
Davies, who shared in three-figure stands with Rory Hamilton-Brown and Stewart Walters, marked his 100th one-day appearance with his fifth century in List A cricket, and his first for Surrey, as the visitors posted 273 for four.
In reply, the Unicorns could muster only 207 for eight as Steven Cheetham returned career-best figures of 4-32.
Hamilton-Brown brought up the 50 for the Lions in the seventh over when he drove Neil Saker past mid-on for four.
Seven overs later the Surrey skipper reached his own half-century off 45 balls, though not before he had lifted Saker over the rope at long-on for six.
The fourth 100-plus partnership between Hamilton-Brown and Davies in this season's CB40 arrived in the 14th over, but moments later Hamilton-Brown departed for 52 when he lofted Jahed Ahmed to mid-off.
Davies, who pulled and on-drove with authority, offered just one chance, on 67, when he was dropped by Josh Knappett off Jackson Thompson.
Two overs later Walters went to his second successive half-century in the CB40, off 64 balls, by despatching Thompson's off-spin over wide mid-on for his fourth boundary.
Davies also deposited Saker over long-on, but Glenn Querl, who was the pick of the Unicorns attack, pegged Surrey back by bowling Davies and Jason Roy in successive overs with almost identical full-length deliveries.
With Matthew Spriegel falling to a brilliant catch by Chris Murtagh at long-off off Jonathan Miles, the Lions had lost three wickets in five overs for 19 runs.
But Walters finished with an unbeaten 78 off 85 balls to give the visitors a daunting total.
Jackson Thompson briefly had Surrey worried when he struck three off-side boundaries in the first over of the Unicorns reply.
But three overs later Cheetham found a way through Thompson's defences and, with Murtagh slicing to backward point, the 22-year-old had figures of 2-23 from his first spell.
Any hopes the Unicorns had of pulling off a surprise were scuppered four overs later when Knappett, sweeping, fell leg before to Chris Schofield and Keith Parsons was run out at the non-striker’s end after working the former England leg-spinner to Jade Dernbach at short fine-leg.
After Sean Park fell to a catch behind off Gareth Batty, Mike O'Shea and Atiq Chishti added 66 in 13 overs for the sixth wicket.
Atiq hit Schofield over long-on for six and then down the ground for four to bring the 100 up for the Unicorns in the 22nd over.
Atiq was caught behind immediately upon Cheetham's return to the attack, although not before O'Shea had posted a 61-ball half-century.
Two overs later Cheetham, who is on loan from Lancashire until the end of the season, picked up a fourth scalp when O'Shea holed out to deep square-leg for 65.