Surrey win as Maynard is remembered
Surrey stepped up their efforts to retain the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a convincing 93-run victory over the Welsh Dragons at the Kia Oval.
The game, which was dedicated to the memory of Tom Maynard, was dominated by the home side. They posted 219 for nine thanks to responsible knocks from Matthew Spriegel and Kevin Pietersen, who struck 51 and 43 respectively.
In reply, the Dragons fell from 55 for two to 77 for eight, with Gareth Batty taking 3-4, before being dismissed for 126.
The match was played against a sombre backdrop as both sets of players recognised their former player Maynard, who died aged 23 on June 18.
The game marked the official launch of the Tom Maynard Trust and before play a posthumous county cap was awarded to his father, Matthew, by Surrey chairman Richard Thompson.
Matthew Maynard was joined by a host of recognised names, such as former England skipper Andrew Flintoff, who had embarked upon a 150-mile sponsored bike ride from Cardiff yesterday morning.
After winning the toss, Surrey raced along at more than seven an over before the loss of three early wickets necessitated a more measured approach.
Steven Davies played on to Graham Wagg, Rory Hamilton-Brown hit a quickfire 28 before gloving a pull through to the wicketkeeper and Jason Roy lobbed a return catch to Simon Jones.
Surrey found themselves 67 for three but Pietersen, who cut his first ball for four and drove with power and precision, found a useful ally in Spriegel.
When Jones sent Pietersen's off stump cartwheeling and Jim Allenby had Zander de Bruyn edging behind, the hosts looked in danger of coming up short.
However, a sixth-wicket stand of 54 in 10 overs between Spriegel and Zafar Ansari helped Surrey force their way back into the contest.
Ansari survived a missed stumping, on 14, when a delivery from Marcus North kicked off a surface showing increasing signs of turn.
The 20-year-old left-hander was eventually bowled by Allenby for 30, though not before raising the fifty partnership with a pulled four off James Harris.
With Batty and Murali Kartik falling to catches in the deep, it was left to Spriegel, who moved to a 72-ball half-century, to see his side past the 200-mark before holing out to deep midwicket - giving Wagg figures of 4-45.
In reply, the Dragons overcame the early wickets of Mark Wallace and Allenby to be 50 for two after 10 overs.
Wallace was beaten for pace by Stuart Meaker, who was in the action again three overs later when Allenby picked him out at deep square-leg off Spriegel.
Chris Cooke made a bright 31, adding 45 in tandem with Gareth Rees. But Cooke was run out trying to steal a leg bye to Pietersen at short third-man and, two overs later, Rees reverse-swept Kartik to point.
With Stewart Walters playing around a turning delivery from Batty, Ben Wright falling to a superb catch by Ansari at square-leg and North playing on, the writing was on the wall.
Harris was caught down the leg side off Dernbach to make it 77 for eight and, while Cosker and Wagg hit straight sixes off the England paceman and Ansari, it was too little, too late.