Worcestershire v Surrey, Clydesdale Bank 40, New Road

Davies powers Surrey win

Cricinfo staff

May 3, 2010

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Surrey 191 for 3 (31 overs) beat Worcestershire 235 for 7 (40 overs) by 30 runs (D/L method)
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Steve Davies came back to haunt Worcestershire yet again as Surrey chalked up their second Clydesdale Bank 40 victory of the season by 30 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method at New Road.

The 23-year-old wicketkeeper led a successful run chase when adding a fluent 81 from 55 balls to the 206 he scored in two innings in the Championship meeting with his former county at Whitgift School last month.

Replying to the home side's 235 for 7, Surrey lost two early wickets before Davies picked up the tempo in a partnership of 85 in 12 overs with Usman Afzaal. It was only over-indulgence that caused his downfall when he hit Chris Whelan for 6-4-6 from successive balls and then dumped the next delivery into Ben Smith's hands on the deep square leg boundary.

Happily for Surrey, no damage was done as Afzaal, unbeaten with 51, and Mathew Spriegel (31 not out) put on 59 before rain ended the contest with Surrey on 191 for 3 after 31 overs.

Worcestershire suffered their second defeat in the competition after raising a competitive total thanks to an unbeaten 48 by James Cameron, an all-rounder who left Zimbabwe to study at university and play cricket in Western Australia. Signed on a two-year contract in the winter, he arrived at New Road after being spotted by Worcestershire's Australian-born bowling coach Matt Mason when turning out in grade competitions in Perth.

A hard-hitting left hander who represented Zimbabwe in the Under-19 World Cup, he turned Worcestershire's innings round in a sixth-wicket partnership of 65 in 13 overs with Daryl Mitchell (35).

Strong on the leg-side, Cameron had the confidence to drive Chris Schofield over long-on for six and also hit four boundaries while scoring at almost a run-a-ball. With his simple but effective method, the 24-year-old British passport holder held up Surrey when they had Worcestershire in trouble at 140 for 5 in the 23rd over.

Off-spinner Gareth Batty, returning to New Road for the first time since leaving Worcestershire at the end of last summer, claimed the two most important wickets. Phil Jaques found his best form of the season with 78 from 65 balls before top edging a sweep and Alexei Kervezee was lbw for 39 soon after hoisting Batty for six.

Iftikhar Anjum was easily the pick of Surrey's seamers. The Pakistan one-day international specialist removed Vikram Solanki and Moeen Ali in his first spell and finished with three for 39 after bowling Ben Scott.

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