Surrey v Hampshire, NatWest T20 Blast, The Oval June 27, 2014

Roy's power crushes Hampshire

Surrey 137 for 2 (Roy 63) beat Hampshire 131 for 9 (Mahmood 3-38) by eight wickets

Amid the conveyor belt of marquee overseas names it would be easy to hold a blinkered view of Surrey. Their riches dwarf what others can even fantasise of which can fuel envy and even bitterness. Yet, when the ECB's top table drew up the plans for this recast NatWest T20 Blast, it was evenings like this they had at the forefront of the agenda.

If this had been a bout - and it would have been a heavyweight one at that - the referee would have intervened well before Jason Roy clubbed 63 off 25 balls which supported the argument there is a lot more to Surrey than their big-buck dealings.

It was an innings of disdain brimming with flamboyance as he bludgeoned twelve boundaries to dispel the belief that this was another sub-standard pitch. There was no masking Hampshire's pitiful performance but as bad as the visitors were, Surrey were masterly.

"It was a fantastic wicket," Roy said. "To keep them to 130 was a brilliant effort from our bowlers and the spinners won us the game."

It is, admittedly, what hefty investment can bring but you manufacture your own success. While many grounds around the circuit are finding it a tougher task to sell the idea of the shortest-format, Surrey are revelling in it. A near capacity Oval crowd, on a glorious evening in South London, testified to that. Build it and they will come and Surrey, in recruiting a certain calibre of player, are certainly doing that.

And while T20 is as much about introducing the sport to a new audience, prosperity on the pitch does not half help. An eight-wicket battering of a team of Hampshire's T20 pedigree underlines Surrey's capacity in this competition and should ensure many of the revellers will return for another evening's entertainment.

Roy did not shy away as he made the pre-game pyrotechnics seem flimsy with some fireworks of his own. After a couple of disjointed seasons with the bat, he is beginning to mature as a player and is enjoying the dividends. An unbeaten 81 against Sussex a fortnight ago hinted at a player finally beginning to fulfil his potential this innings was equally destructive and included 24 off Will Smith's one over.

Such was his belligerence, those in the stands barely noticed the presence of Tillakaratne Dilshan and then Kevin Pietersen at the other end. On debut, the former contributed 15 to an opening stand of 78 but that was hardly a reflection of his endeavours. His contribution with the ball upfront, however, set the tone for what was to follow.

For all the weapons in their armoury, the visitors were horribly outplayed. They lost their three big guns - Michael Carberry, James Vince and Jimmy Adams - during the Powerplay and never recovered. As much as their downfall was created by Surrey's incessant brilliance in the field and nagging line and length offered by the battery of spinners, Hampshire's inability to respond to a situation that needed a steady rebuilding operation was striking.

As Surrey's big names stood-up, Glenn Maxwell became part of his sides' disintegration. Surrey stifled him with spin from both ends and he fell for the bait when Gareth Batty tossed a couple above his eye-line and eventually he holed out to long-on.

"It was just one of those nights unfortunately. We never got out of the blocks and when you lose wickets consistently, you don't give yourselves any chance against a side like Surrey," Giles White, Hampshire director of cricket, said.

Indeed, the procession once Sean Ervine's departure made it 49 for 5 was inevitable. Mindless running led to Matt Coles' dismissal and Smith, who along with Chris Wood offered some resistance, was stumped off a wide; it typified Hampshire's evening.

That they got to a semblance of respectability was down to a career-best 27 from Wood and a couple of blows from Kyle Abbott. It was far little too late, however, as the damage had already been done and Roy ensured there was no way of repairing it.

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  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    We were utterly grim right from the moment and the final score flattered us given the late order contributions.

    Some of the dismissals were atrocious and it really looked like the team were not prepared for this game.

    Agree with CodandChips. Ervine is desperately out of form and his shot was borne of that. Maxwell failed again. He looked completely disinterested in the challenge and willing to graft. Need to bring Shah back. Not sure about the batting order either as Abbott seemed better than his position and Cole too high up. Coles' run out summed up the evening.

    Looked like a completely different game when Surrey batted, steaming along at 11+ per over.

    Final mention about a group of so called fans who let us down badly. 2 were escorted out of the ground for throwing full pints of beer at Surrey fans. Atmosphere where we were was not good and never experienced anything like it. A lot of pretty unsavoury stuff being shouted out. Very embarrassed and disappointed.

  • ian on June 28, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Jason Roy has to be the short-format batsman of the season thus far. I wonder how long it's going to be before the selectors begin to notice him... As for Glen Maxwell, Surrey got precious little out of him, so I'm surprised that Hants wanted him. Some big names promise far more than they deliver (Nannes, the arch mercenary, is another). And there are some of the unsung expat army, like Michael Hogan, or Trent Copeland last year with Northants, who consistently put in great performances and give far more than the so-called stars. I wish counties wouldn't be so blinded by cricketing celebrities.

  • mark on June 28, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Just done a bit of homework and notice that "Maxi" has contributed 67 runs in 5 knocks averaging 13.4 while Englishman Shah has scored 149 runs in the same amount of innings at an average of 74.5 - draw your own conclusions!

  • mark on June 28, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Yet again our superstar Glen Maxwell fails with both bat and ball. Is it me or does anyone else agree that he is just a slogger and never in a million years a cricketer? I agree with C&C that if our top 3 fail we need the next 3 batsmen to come to the party but with Maxwell at 4 thats just another wicket waiting to fall. Get fit quickly Liam Dawson.

  • Pundit on June 28, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Good win for Surrey against side with no moral values.

  • Paulo on June 28, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Incredibly disappointing.

    Well done Surrey. They got to the final last year and look more than likely of a repeat.

    This shows the problem of a top-heavy lineup if the top 4 don't fire. I'd still bring in Shah for Ervine as it would strengthen the batting without weakening the bowling, as Ervine doesn't offer much with the ball.

    Also the batting order confused me in this game. Surely when we are having a collapse you'd send in Smith and so move him up the order. Makes as little sense as when Coles was left down the order against Gloucestershire.

    Will Smith was always going to have a bad game with the ball. But he has still bowled excellently this tournament overall.

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