Surrey v Saltires report
Surrey 303ao (39.1 overs) Roy 113, Solanki 63, Smith 7.1-0-48-3, beat Scottish Saltires 203 (35.1 overs) Coleman 53, Gardiner 48, Curran 6.1-0-34-5 by 100 runs [Scorecard]
Surrey won the toss and Steven Davis elected to bat first on a flat wicket. Jason Roy and Davies opened proceedings in what would prove to be a fruitful opening partnership. The Scotland bowling attack would begin with Calum MacLeod and Gordon Goudie but things got off to an inauspicious start when the first delivery from MacLeod was flicked behind for four.The Scottish Saltires travelled down to the Kia Oval for their final away Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Surrey on a bright and breezy day in London.
The opening batman settled well and soon had the Saltires on the back foot. Davies with some explosive hitting sent two Majid Haq deliveries for maximums in the sixth over to bring the score to 43/0. By the tenth over Roy had brought up his half-century off just 39 balls.
Scotland had the breakthrough shorty after though; the following over saw Davies out for 31 off the bowling of Goudie, caught at mid-wicket by Macleod, bringing Solanki to the crease. 91/1 represented a more than solid start from Surrey, and it wasn’t long before the 100 was up in the thirteenth over, the hosts were looking at a big innings total.
The first wicket didn’t disturb the Surrey batsman to the extent the Saltires would have hoped. Roy dispatched another Haq delivery for 6 in the eighteenth over and soon after was celebrating an impressive century off just 77 balls at the end of the twenty-second over. He and Solanki would ultimately put on a second wicket partnership of 126. The latter brought up his half-century in the very next over, reaching the milestone in 36 deliveries.
Surrey were 200/1 in the twenty-fourth over and the devastating partnership of Roy and Vikram Solanki. Roy was soon making his way back to the pavilion however, a big slog finding the safe hands of Ruaidhri Smith. The opener could be very pleased with his contribution, ending on 113 off 86 balls including 16x4 and 2x6, leaving Surrey on 217/2.
His wicket would signal the start of something of a middle order collapse for Surrey who would go on to lose the next five wickets for just 41 runs. Smith was brought into the attack after an early shaky spell and had Wilson caught behind by Wallace and out for a duck.
Solanki wasn’t far behind and an impressive knock from the former England international was brought to an end, once again off the bowling of Burnett in what was almost a mirror image of his earlier dismissal, a lofted drive finding Smith in the deep to take a comfortable catch. Solanki walked for a well-worked 63.
A direct hit from Smith saw Burns out for 3 runs, Azhar was caught and bowled by Majid Haq for 19, and when Tom Curran was clean bowled, again by Haq, Surrey found themselves 258/7 and the Saltires seemed suddenly revived after a difficult start.
The eighth wicket partnership of Lewis and Ansari rallied briefly until Ansari was brilliantly caught by Macleod off the bowling of Smith for 17, leaving the score at 284/8. Batty’s time at the crease was short but eventful. The tail-ender launched a 6 before being run out the very next ball. The innings came to an end in the final over when Lewis’s useful cameo ended on 24. Surrey laid down a daunting challenge for the Saltires, ending on 303 all out.
Gardiner, making his list A debut, opened the batting for Scotland, and things started reasonably well for the saltires; Freddie Coleman hitting the first boundary of the innings with a drive through mid-wicket. This was quickly followed up another 4 through third-man and another cut through point. A settled Scotland were 27/0 at the end of the sixth over.
There was more joy for Coleman and Gardiner to follow. The former flicked Tremlett off his legs to move onto 19 in the seventh over. Debutant Gardiner hit back-to-back boundaries, one to fine leg and another pull shot to move the team to 50/0 by the end of the tenth over.
A big six into the leg side in the fifteenth over, followed by a drive for four over cover in the next put Gardiner within touching distance of an A-list debut half-century. Unfortunately he was to fall looking to pull only to be clean bowled by Batty on 48. Despite the disappointment of not reaching the milestone, it had been a strong and mature performance from Gardiner. He departed with Scotland having made a good start at 94/1 after 24 overs.
Coleman brought up the Saltires 100 with a boundary and the young Warwickshire batsmen was to bring up his 50 shortly afterwards, coming from 64 balls (6X4s). Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington both went cheaply and when Tom Curran claimed his first Surrey wicket, trapping Coleman LBW for 53 the Saltires wickets started to tumble.
Craig Wallace came to the crease and showed some fighting spirit; his innings included a big six over mid-wicket while also sweeping the ball to good effect. Eventually he was bowled by Curan to become the seam bowlers fourth Saltires wicket.
Calvin Burnett entertained the crowd with some lusty blows, but when he became Curran’s fifth wicket of the day the Saltires were all out for 203, giving Surrey 100 run victory.