Saltires v Surrey Report

27 May

From Cricket Scotland, Photos: Donald MacLeod

Gordon Goudie

Surrey 237/5 (40 overs) Solanki 109* , Goudie 3/39 beat Saltires 223/8 (40overs) MacLeod 59, by 14 runs

Surrey came to the Grange for the second of the Bank Holiday double-headers playing a Saltires side searching for their first win in the 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign.

The Surrey team featured a number of England internationals past and present, with the likes of the recently capped Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach along with the experienced Vikram Solanki and Jon Lewis.

The Saltires made two changes from previous day’s defeat to Derbyshire – Richie Berrington (illness) and Calvin Burnett making way for Dewald Nel and Calum MacLeod.

After winning the toss, Surrey captain Gareth Batty chose to bat first on a decent deck with the weather forecast threatening rain.

The Saltires opted for a leftfield approach to their innings, opening with slow bowler Michael Leask from the Nursery End.

Openers Jason Roy and Steven Davies looked to attack from the outset, and weren’t afraid to hit over the top of the in-field.

Surrey reached a total of 18 runs before the Saltires made their initial breakthrough - Roy attempting a big hit, only to sky the ball in the offside, allowing a running MacLeod enough time to get under the swirling ball and hold on to a tremendous catch.

Despite the early breakthrough the Saltires failed to capitalise when the dangerous Davies offered a catch, slashing at a wide delivery to Cross behind the stumps, only for the ball to pop back out.

At the end of the power-play Surrey had reached 49. The new man Vikram Solanki looked comfortable at the crease, a fluent cover-drive announced his arrival.

Gordon Drummond was introduced to slow the run-rate down, and was successful early on, bowling a consistent line and length. However, the batsmen were now well set and were pacing their innings well as Davies scored consecutive boundaries, as they registered the 100 in the 17th over.

The pair celebrated their 100 partnership in the 21st over, as Solanki accelerated past his 50.

Solanki reaches his 100Davies launched an elegant six straight down the ground off Leask’s bowling, but was to perish 2 balls later as Nel claimed a high catch at long-on – Surrey sitting on 137-2.

As the innings progressed into the 30th over, Surrey had a solid platform to accelerate from - 156-2, with Solanki playing shots around the ground as the visitors geared themselves up for a flourish in the last 10 overs.

The former England batsmen registered an impressive 100 – bringing up three figures in style, with a maximum onto the top of the temporary stands – coming from 109 balls and included 6x4s and 3x6s.

The Scots rallied hard to prevent many boundaries towards the end of the Surrey innings, with Drummond, along with spinners Leask and Haq bowling well.

This period led to another Saltires wicket as Goudie was introduced at the start of the batting power-play, clean bowling De Bruyn for 11.

Gary Wilson tried to provide further impetus to the Surrey innings, and managed to score 23 during the power-play before Goudie claimed his third scalp of the day as he tamely chipped the ball to Mommsen at mid-wicket.

Solanki brought up his maiden century in Surrey colours (109 balls 6x4s 3x6s) in superb fashion with a 6 off the bowling of Nel, before repeating the feat the very next ball – the over conceding 17 in total.

Haq claimed the final wicket of the innings, Jewell falling 3 balls from the end, as Surrey eventually finished on 237-5, with Solanki unbeaten on 109.

Cross and Coleman once again opened up for the Saltires and survived a couple of early appeals to move the score on to 21 without loss.

Both were watchful and had built a good partnership until Cross looked to dispatch Jon Lewis to the boundary only to see his off-stump disturbed in the 8th over.

Coleman was joined by Chalmers, and the pair steadily pushed the total along, with Coleman playing some elegant lofted drives.

The duo had taken the score to 50-1 in the 15th over before Coleman popped a catch up to de Bruyn after being deceived by a cleverly disguised slower ball by England seamer Tremlett, to depart for a composed 32.

Chalmers had also played well to reach 20 before being trapped LBW and was soon followed by Mommsen who was on this occasion unable to deliver, edging a Gary Keedy delivery behind.

Iqbal and MacLeod were the new pairing at the crease and managed to play watchfully to get an idea of the pitch.

Both looked to have steadied the situation and were going well when MacLeod and Iqbal looked to take a tight second run, which  cost Iqbal his wicket as his despairing dive left him short of his ground.

Leask was the new man in at 7, but only lasted 2 balls as he tried to give himself room against the left-arm spin of Keedy and was bowled.

Haq and MacLeod formed a solid partnership through the middle stages of the innings, with the latter reaching a fluent 30. But although the Scot’s had rebuilt well, the run-rate was ever increasing, and was sitting at nearly 12 an over.

Haq responded well by taking the aerial route on the leg-side, and was soon followed by MacLeod as he registered the first six of the innings.

De Bruyn, who was in his second spell of the day, was then clubbed back over his head by MacLeod to register a fine fifty off only 60 balls. By now the Saltires were making a game of it, some heavy hitting saw the hosts get close to the Surrey target.

Majid Haq had to leave the field with a hamstring injury, which brought Gordon Goudie to the crease. Goudie continued where Haq had left off and clouted Jade Dernbach for two back-to-back boundaries, and shortly after hammered Lewis for six down the ground.

Goudie's cameo was to come to an end however, when Batty took a comfortable high catch. MacLeod was then bowled by a Dernbach yorker, and with that, Scottish chances were severely dented.

The Saltires were unlucky in the end, as MacLeod and Haq recovered the situation well and gave the innings more purpose, but probably left their assault a couple of overs too late.

20 was required from the last over, but some good accurate bowling ensured that the Saltires could only muster 6 runs, giving the visitors the win by 14 runs, as the Saltires finished on 223/8.

Saltire captain Preston Mommsen added comment after the match, “With the bat we managed to get a couple of partnerships, with Calum showing what he can do at the end of the innings and that was encouraging. In the field we probably left 10 runs out there and possibly could have gone an over earlier, but we certainly gave it our full effort.

Goudie can come in from ball one and we’ve seen it on a number of occasions that he can clear the boundary with ease.

They started pretty strongly with the bat and were going at sixes with ease and they were only one wicket down, so on reflection we’ve done well to keep them to below 240.

It’s a pretty formidable bowling attack they have, so for us to get to the total we did was satisfying.”

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