Glamorgan v Surrey, Royal London Cup, South Group, Cardiff April 30, 2017

Sangakkara and Stoneman get Surrey off the mark

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Surrey 183 for 2 (Sangakkara 81*, Stoneman 74) beat Glamorgan 239 (Ingram 72, Rudolph 57, Dernbach 3-30, S Curran 3-51) by eight wickets (DLS method)

Kumar Sangakkara eased Surrey to a comfortable cahse © Getty Images

The left-handed combination of Mark Stoneman and Kumar Sangakkara guided Surrey to a comfortable first victory in the competition this season as the visitors easily chased down the amended target of 182 in 29 overs in Cardiff.

After Dominic Sibley was out in the fourth over, the second wicket pair put on 125 in rapid time with Stoneman scoring 74 from 48 balls, with a high proportion of his runs - 56 - coming in boundaries.

The Glamorgan bowlers struggled with a wet ball, as the sparse crowd were treated to a masterclass from the Sri Lankan batsman, who was undefeated on 81 with eleven fours as Surrey won with five overs remaining.

Surrey, who won the toss and on a green tinged pitch and an unfavourable weather forecast, chose to field first. Gareth Batty's decision was immediately vindicated when Jade Dernbach trapped David Lloyd with the third ball of the innings, and two overs later knocked back Kiran Carlson's off stump.

Jacques Rudolph and Colin Ingram then resurrected the Glamorgan innings with some positive strokeplay, with Ingram striking Ravi Rampaul for one of the biggest sixes seen on the ground, a massive blow that landed some 150 yards away over backward square leg.

Rudolph, no less effective, followed up the 121 he scored against Gloucestershire in the opening game, by scoring 57 from 65 balls, with nine fours, before he was bowled off the inside-edge by Sam Curran.

Ingram, who before the game was awarded his county cap, struck two other sixes and four fours in his 72, made from 96 balls, before he was caught on the long-on boundary attempting another maximum.

After the third-wicket pair had added 113 in 20.2 overs, Surrey's attack assumed control, with Dernbach rewarded for bowling a full length in his opening overs, then restricting Glamorgan's progress towards the end of the innings with his back-of-the-hand slower deliveries.

Batty also bowled a miserly spell, with figures of 10-1-36-1, and with Glamorgan's late-order batsmen finding various ways of getting out - caught off the back of the bat and a comical run out - the home team were dismissed for 239 with nine balls of their innings remaining.

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  • Cricinfouser on May 1, 2017, 10:02 GMT

    Suddenly Jade Dernbach has become Surrey's spearhead! It's all but certain that his England days are behind him, but he is a better bowler now than when he was shipping a lot of flack playing for England. Selection is almost always a one-way street. Anyway, England's loss is Surrey's gain. Note that Rampaul got an outing too: Meaker looked in need of a gallop at Taunton.

  • simplythebest... on May 1, 2017, 9:28 GMT

    Sanga being the legend he is, no doubt wanted to repair some of the damage caused by the dropped catch v Somerset,- well played sir! The headline 'Sangakkara and Stoneman get Surrey off the mark' is a little off though- surely credit should be given to the bowlers for bowling Glam out and setting up the win? Dernbach had a good T20 Blast & RLODC last year and has certainly started this season with a bang - awesome to see him leading the young seam attack. With the experience of Sanga guiding the batsmen & Dernbach the bowlers, Surrey have a lot to be thankful for with their young squad.

  • cricfan9033227104 on May 1, 2017, 4:39 GMT

    wow what a cricketer sangakkara is....

  • cricfan7897539759 on April 30, 2017, 21:00 GMT

    It was very embarrassing to watch as a Glamorgan supporter. Kumar completely dominated our bowlers, even de Lange and Hogan, and hit anything bowled at him to wherever he felt like. I think the only Glamorgan players who didn't have a bowl were Rudolph and Chris Cooke, it looked like a schoolboy side against Yorkshire.

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