Roy stars again as Surrey win
Surrey 171 for 6 beat Somerset 132 for 9 by 39 runs
Jason Roy, a 19-year-old batsman who has yet to appear in a first-class match, played his second match-winning Friends Provident t20 innings as Surrey beat Somerset by 38 runs at The Oval. Roy, who made 101 against Kent at Beckenham last week, hit 74 off 51 balls with three sixes and seven fours to lead injury-hit Surrey to a total of 171 for 6.
That total proved far too many for Somerset once the visitors had slumped to 18 for 4 in this South group match. Surrey were without Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds because of a stomach upset, the injured trio of Andre Nel (strained hamstring), Tim Linley (foot) and Gareth Batty (broken finger) plus Steve Davies, who is away with the England Lions.
And Mark Ramprakash must have felt all of his 40 years opening the batting with Tom Lancefield, another 19-year-old with only one first-class match behind him. Lancefield was not overawed on his Twenty20 debut, hitting three fours in his 16 off 10 balls before he swung Mark Turner to square leg.
Ramprakash was sprightly enough with 34 off 31 balls until he was caught at fine leg off Muralia Kartik. However, it was Roy who again caught the eye in stands of 67 with Ramprakash and 59 with Rory Hamilton-Brown. He twice hit Kartik over long-on for six and lifted Alonso Thomas over the midwicket boundary.
Younus Khan did not get very far but Hamilton-Brown made 25 off 21 balls before both he and Roy skyed catches to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler in the final over from Kieron Pollard.
The Somerset reply never got off the ground. Chris Tremlett, described by captain Hamilton-Brown as the best Twenty20 bowler in the country, broke through in his first over when he had Nick Compton caught behind.
The ploy of opening the bowling with the off-spin of Matthew Spriegel paid off handsomely when he took two wickets in his second over. Spriegel claimed the prized scalp of Marcus Trescothick, who swept tamely to midwicket, then had Zander de Bruyn caught on the midwicket boundary.
Tremlett struck again in his next over when he had James Hildreth brilliantly caught by a diving Hamilton-Brown at backward point and Somerset never looked like recovering. Tremlett finished with three wickets for 17 runs.