Yorkshire collapse hands Surrey first win
Surrey 184 for 7 (Spriegel 56) beat Yorkshire 104 (Naved 49, Elliott 4-14, Schofield 3-16, Dernbach 3-23) by 63 runs (D/L method)
This was not your typical one-day match. In awkward batting conditions, Yorkshire appeared to have done most of their job in restricting Surrey to 184, but then, after a good start, they totally lost their way in mid-innings. Surrey's match-winners were Matthew Spriegel, whose fighting fifty led his team to a competitive total, and Chris Schofield, whose bowling precipitated Yorkshire's sudden and sorry demise.
Everything started right for Yorkshire in their chase, apart from the early dismissal of Andrew Gale. Rana Naved was sent in first wicket down as a pinch-hitter and did a fine job, bringing up the 50 in the 11th over with some exotic strokes, including a pull for six high over long-on off Andre Nel. The turning point came when Jacques Rudolph (14) was stumped off Schofield for 14. This brought in Michael Vaughan, who was not in touch. Not only did he scratch around for 32 balls to score 10 runs, but he also deprived Naved of the strike, causing the latter to lose his rhythm. This was to prove critical.
When Vaughan flashed at a ball from Grant Elliott and was caught at the wicket, the match was in the balance. Surrey closed in, while Yorkshire responded in dismal fashion, losing their heads and their wickets en masse. Five wickets fell for five runs, including that of Naved for 49, perhaps unluckily adjudged caught at slip, but he had been all at sea against Schofield - as indeed were his team-mates. When Elliott took two wickets with successive deliveries, Yorkshire were 83 for 7 and virtually stone dead in a matter of minutes. A few balls later the local clouds decided the situation was too disgraceful to be allowed to continue, and opened up, driving the teams from the field.
When play resumed Yorkshire's equation was an impossible 82 more off 4.5 overs. Elliott, whose medium pace was ideally suited to such conditions, and Jade Dernbach polished off the innings to give Surrey a timely tonic. After they contrived to lose yesterday's match by one run against Durham it was vital they secured their first win of the season.
Light early-morning rain delayed the start for 45 minutes and the match was reduced to 47 overs per side. The light was poor for most of the match, the outfield was heavy, the pitch allowed some seam movement and run-scoring was never easy. Surrey enjoyed what was, in the context of the match, a very good opening partnership of 39 between Scott Newman and Michael Brown.
Then Naved and Richard Pyrah, bowling superbly in tandem, swung the balance of the match for the first time. Naved yorked Brown and came close to having Mark Ramprakash lbw without scoring; however the veteran made only 5 before he slashed and was caught at the wicket. There ensued a tight struggle for runs, but the bowlers held sway until the score was 82 for 5. They were aided by some superb wicketkeeping from Simon Guy, who took two catches and a stumping.
It was Spriegel who led the fightback, in company with the wicketkeeper, Gary Wilson, the Irish international. Both batted well, taking advantage as the most dangerous bowlers were rested from the attack, and added 67 with growing confidence. It took some fine fielding by Pyrah off his own bowling to run out Wilson (34), too eager to start for a run. Spriegel reached his fine fighting 50 off 82 balls, and in the last over Schofield swatted a full toss from Ajmal Shahzad for six over midwicket. At the time it looked as though it gave Surrey nothing more than an outside chance - in the end it proved more than enough.