Surrey v Leicestershire, CB40, The Oval

Cobb's effort not enough for Leicestershire

May 8, 2011

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Surrey 206 for 8 beat Leicestershire 189 by 17 runs

Rory Hamilton-Brown top-scored for Surrey with 57, Surrey v Leicestershire, CB40, The Oval, May 8, 2011
Rory Hamilton-Brown top-scored for Surrey with 57 © PA Photos

Rory Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard both hit half-centuries as Surrey made it three wins in three games as they claimed a 17-win over Leicestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

While Hamilton-Brown and Maynard shone for the hosts at The Oval, Josh Cobb produced a fine all-round contribution for Leicestershire. Cobb, primarily a batsman, took two good wickets with his leg spin, held two stunning catches, one off his own bowling, and hit a rapid 45 but Leicestershire subsided to 189 all out in pursuit of a target of 207.

Surrey had made a poor start on an Oval pitch lacking its usual pace, slumping to 45 for 3 before Hamilton-Brown and Maynard gave them some momentum in a fourth-wicket stand of 63 in 13 overs.

Steve Davies gave Nathan Buck a simple return catch, Jason Roy skied Buck to midwicket and Zander de Bruyn miscued his third ball from Nadeem Malik to mid on and was caught by a leaping Wayne White at mid on.

Even Hamilton-Brown and Maynard, both powerful strokemakers, struggled with their timing but Hamilton-Brown had made 57 off 61 balls with seven fours when he drove fiercely back down the pitch and Cobb held a stinging return catch.

Matt Spriegel helped Maynard add 49 in 10 overs before Cobb had him caught at long off for 28 and Maynard had reached 55 off 71 balls with only two fours but 40 singles when he was bowled by Buck. Cobb took his third and best catch of the innings - a running, diving effort at long off to remove Yasir Arafat - but a brisk, unbeaten 26 from Chris Schofield lifted Surrey to 206 for eight.

It did not seem to be enough when Cobb was launching Leicestershire's reply with 45 off 36 balls, including seven fours, three of them off successive balls from Jade Dernbach, and a six, driven back over Arafat's head. Then he pulled Gareth Batty's third ball into the hands of midwicket and Leicestershire lost four wickets for 14 runs in seven overs.

James Taylor was well caught by Davies, standing up, when he tried to cut De Bruyn, Will Jones, an Australia-born batsman making his debut, was leg before to Batty and Matt Boyce was caught at slip off Stuart Meaker.

It was 111 for 6 when Jacques du Toit was brilliantly run out by Maynard's direct hit and White was caught behind off Arafat but Paul Dixey kept Leicestershire's hopes alive and they even had a chance of winning when Matthew Hoggard joined him in a ninth-wicket stand of 29 in three overs.

Then Hoggard, who had hit three fours and a six, holed out at long on, Dixey was bowled by Meaker for a gallant 42 off 38 balls with six fours and Surrey won with nine balls to spare.

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