Surrey v Durham, CB40 Group B, The Oval

Surrey maintain winning start

May 20, 2012

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Surrey 221 for 7 (Maynard 77, Ansari 60*) Durham 161 by 60 runs
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Zafar Ansari clubbed 60 off 54 balls, Surrey v Durham, Clydesdale Bank 40, The Oval, May 20, 2012
Zafar Ansari boosted Surrey's total with a brisk 60 © PA Photos
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Half-centuries from Tom Maynard and Zafar Ansari helped Surrey maintain their winning start to the CB40 as they overcame Durham by 60 runs at The Oval.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Surrey were in trouble on 47 for 3 - with Mitchell Claydon taking all three wickets in 12 balls - but Maynard's 77 steadied the ship and Ansari's unbeaten 60 helped the hosts to 221 for 7.

Durham lost wickets at regular intervals to undermine their chase and they were all out for 161, with Jade Dernbach, Stuart Meaker, Matthew Spriegel and Gareth Batty claiming two wickets apiece.

The win was the third of the campaign for Surrey, the defending CB40 champions, and keeps them top of Group B, while Durham slipped to their first defeat.

Steven Davies, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Jason Roy all made bright starts, but Claydon left the hosts reeling. Davies, attempting to cut, was caught behind and two overs later, Hamilton-Brown was bowled on the walk, trying to repeat the stroke that had just brought him a boundary off Graham Onions. In the eighth over, Roy crunched two successive fours off Claydon, who had his revenge when he found some extra bounce and the 21-year-old batsman edged behind.

Maynard added 58 in tandem with Zander de Bruyn but, in the space of four balls, de Bruyn was bowled through the gate by Gareth Breese and Spriegel was undone by a turning delivery from Scott Borthwick. Maynard then joined forces with Ansari, putting on 85 in 15 overs for the sixth wicket. Having taken the batting powerplay at start of the 34th over, Surrey added 62 runs in the final six overs.

Maynard eventually went, caught low down at extra cover off Onions for a magnificent 77 off 94 balls, though not before Ansari had lifted Claydon over midwicket for six. Ansari then took charge, bringing up a 51-ball half-century, which he celebrated by pulling Onions for a maximum and finished unbeaten on 60 off 55 deliveries.

In reply, Durham lost Phil Mustard, miscuing Dernbach to Roy at mid-off, in the third over. Ben Stokes swung Meaker over backward square leg for six only to be stumped off Spriegel, who struck again four overs later when Mark Stoneman was caught down the leg side to make it 59 for three.

Without taking any undue risks, 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 Batty.

With Will Smith playing on to Jade Dernbach and Muchall picking out Maynard at long-on off Batty having made 41, the visitors were left needing 89 off the last nine overs.

Things went from bad to worse for Durham when Breese had to retire hurt with an injury to his right ankle. Liam Plunkett defiantly launched Dernbach straight back over his head for six, but ran out of partners when Meaker bowled both Onions then Claydon.

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