Maynard and Ansari in top form as Surrey motor on
TOM Maynard and Zafar Ansari each hit half-centuries as Surrey maintained their 100 per cent start to the defence of their CB40 crown at the weekend.
After winning the toss and electing to bat Surrey were in trouble on 47-3. Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, Steven Davies and Jason Roy had all started brightly, but Mitchell Claydon took three wickets in 12 balls to leave the hosts reeling.
Maynard's 77 steadied the ship, but when Zander de Bruyn and Matt Spriegel lost their wickets in the space of four balls, it was left to young Ansari to come in and follow Maynard's lead with an unbeaten 60, to help the home side to 221-7.
In reply, Durham lost wickets at regular intervals. Jade Dernbach snared Phil Mustard (1), caught by Roy and Spriegel (2-14) accounted for Ben Stokes and Mark Stoneman as the response stuttered in the same way Surrey's top order had.
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Gordon Muchall and Paul Collingwood combined to add 61 in 14 overs. But the pendulum swung in Surrey's favour in the 28th over when Collingwood was bowled for 32, looking to sweep off-spinner Gareth Batty.
Once Muchall went as well, the game was up with the middle and lower order offering little resistance.
They were left needing 89 runs from the last nine overs and were eventually all out for 161.
The win keeps Surrey top of Group B.