Brown Caps secure win against UAE
AN unbeaten hundred by Mark Ramprakash and a century stand with Chris Jordan saw the Surrey Brown Caps chase 270 to win by five wickets against the United Arab Emirates.
Normal service resumed for Ramprakash as he hit an unbeaten 127 to see his side home to record their first win of the year.
The second group match for the Surrey Brown Caps in the Emirates Airline Pro ARCH Trophy saw them take on the hosts, the United Arab Emirates, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The U.A.E. won the toss and elected to bat first and the Brown Caps had to field in the heat once more.
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Chris Jordan made an early breakthrough before Alex Tudor struck twice more.
Young leg spinner Gary Wilson bowled brightly to remove the dangerous Gopal while Chris Schofield bowled his 10 overs for just 35 runs.
Brown Cap skipper Usman Afzaal rotated his bowlers but did not find a way to control the runs as the UAE put on 58 in the last five overs, Saqib making his way to 95 not out, and the target being set at 270 to win.
James Benning started the chase positively with three boundaries in quick time, but he went in the fourth over as he played across the line to the left arm bowling of Abdul, bowled for 16.
Both Michael Brown and Usman Afzaal did not look as comfortable as they did against Yorkshire on Wednesday when they hit fifties.
Zahid Shah removed both batsmen with short balls and false strokes.
However, Mark Ramprakash came to the crease and, although he took his time and was watchful early on, he proceeded to bat the remainder of the innings.
He capitalised on any loose balls and looked untroubled against the UAE. attack. The right-hander was made to work hard though and could not find the boundary that often.
As the run rate naturally kept increasing the Brown Caps lost wickets in the middle as both Matthew Spriegel (24) and Stewart Walters (8) went to the spin of Owais Hameed.
At the time of the mandatory ball change in the 34th over the Brown Caps still required 104 runs to win and with Ramprakash still at the crease they looked on target, however wickets were falling. Ramprakash needed a partner and he found one in Chris Jordan. The two batted sensibly and kept the target manageable. Ramprakash went to a century with a cut to the boundary and the milestone came off 102 balls and contained two sixes and six fours as the pair cruised home.