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(FPt20)


Umpires: M R Benson and P J Hartley


surrey Lions v Glamorgan Dragons at the Brit oval on 4th July 2010


scorers: K R Booth and A K Hignell


A mature 78 from just 43 balls by Tom Maynard saw the Dragons return to winning ways as the youngster’s best Twenty20 score saw the Welsh county defeat the Surrey Lions by five wickets. His brutal innings came as the Welsh county success- fully chased a target of 169 following a good job by their bowlers in restricting the Lions’ much vaunted batting line-up. The run chase had begun with Mark Cosgrove striking a volley of belligerent blows before despatching Chris Schofield’s first delivery straight to long off. Mark Wallace then played a breezy innings to keep the Dragons up with the required rate before Maynard arrived at the crease and opened his account by pulling a long-hop from Andrew Symonds for four. Next ball, he escaped a run out chance as the Australian fumbled the ball at the bowler’s end, and it proved to be a costly miss as he then deposited both Schofield and Symonds into the stands for six, before lofting Stuart Meaker over square leg to see the Dragons to the hundred mark in the grand manner. Another bludgeoned four by Maynard meant the Dragons entered the last six overs still needing 62 to win, before Jamie Dalrymple thrashed Rory Hamilton-Brown for a brace of fours in succes- sive balls. Maynard duly reached his half-century from 29 balls, as the equation became 37 off 24 balls, but the Lions struck back as Chris Tremlett spreadeagled Dalrymple’s stumps. Maynard’s response was to drill Tremlett for successive fours before he enjoyed another moment of good fortune as a sweep to square-leg ended with Stewart Walters diving to catch the ball before his momentum saw him tumble over the ropes. After a series of scampered singles with Ben Wright, another four from Maynard saw the Dragons enter the last over needing ten to win. Even though Symonds and Meaker still had an over each, Hamilton-Brown opted to bowl himself, and the young captain was left to rue his decision as the first ball went for two wides, before Maynard lofted him over mid-wicket for six. Wright then ended the contest by cutting the ball to the boundary as the Dragons got to their target with three balls to spare. Earlier, the experienced Mark Ramprakash had played a rather bizarre innings as he carried his bat throughout the 20 overs. After blazing to 41 in the first eight overs, he then went nine overs with just a series of singles and, deprived of the strike, he never threatened to cut loose. Early on, Tom Lancefield, the Lions rookie opener, had emulated his 40 year-old partner by lofting Dean Cosker for six, but he soon perished attempting another boundary with Dalrymple holding a superb running catch running round from long-off and diving full length with his hands outstretched to grasp the descending ball. The precocious Jason Roy - who the previous week had become the first Surrey batsman to score a Twenty20 century - looked like continuing his good form as he planted Cosker back over his head for six. But Jim Allenby had the youngster smartly caught behind, and ,soon after, the Dragons claimed another good scalp as Symonds tamely holed out at long-off. With Ramprakash having gone into his shell, it was Walters who provided some late impetus to the innings, but as it turned out, his efforts were in vain as the Dragons won their inaugural match against the Lions and kept themselves in the pack of counties seeking a quarter-final spot.


surrey Lions innings


*R J Hamilton-Brown S J Walters


FOW:


Extras Total


C P Schofield M N W Spriegel +G C Wilson C T Tremlett S C Meaker


A Symonds


M R Ramprakash not out T J Lancefield J J Roy


c Dalrymple b Cosker c Wallace c Allenby


b Allenby b Cosker


b Cosgrove 18 not out


31


63 27 9 4


M J Cosgrove c Spriegel b Schofield J Allenby


+M A Wallace T L Maynard G P Rees


(4 Wickets, 20 Overs) 68, 90, 98, 123.


Bowling Croft


Brown Owen


Cosker Allenby


Cosgrove Dalrymple


Toss - Surrey Lions won and elected to bat


o M R W 4 2 2 4 2 3 3


0 0 0 0 0 0 0


22 20 24 33 15 30 17


0 0 0 2 1 1 0


(1b, 6lb, 9w) 168 16


*J W M Dalrymple B J Wright R D B Croft W T Owen D A Cosker D O Brown


c Wilson not out


c H-Brown b Spriegel c & b Spriegel not out


Glamorgan Dragons innings


19 5


b Symonds 6 b Tremlett 28 11


15, 44, 46, 78, 133.


Bowling Spriegel Tremlett Meaker


(5 Wickets, 19.4 Overs) 172


Symonds Schofield


Hamilton-Brown 2.3


o M R W 4 4 2 3 4


0 0 0 0 0 0


28 25 23 23 35 38


2 1 0 1 1 0


Result - Glamorgan Dragons won by 5 wickets (6w) 6


19 78


tom Maynard, who top- scored against the surrey Lions at the oval, returns to the pavilion at Colwyn Bay after narrowly missing out on his maiden Championship hundred.


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