About the Match
Surrey is placed 4th on the table in the South Group with 4 points in their kitty and will take on bottom-placed Hampshire in the upcoming game at The Oval on 9th June. Out of the three games played so far, Hampshire was able to defeat only Kent in a convincing way and will need to pull up their socks here. Surrey on the other hand has had better fortunes, winning two out of three games played to accumulate 4 points, defeating teams like Essex and Sussex. The upcoming match will surely be interesting as the Surrey batsmen and bowlers go head to head with their opponents to dominate in the middle.
Jason Roy was outstanding with his power-packed innings as he scored a massive 109 runs only from 67 deliveries; he got good support from Sangakkara, who scored a well-made 54 from 31 balls and DJ Bravo, who kept his cool under tense situations to get the total to a huge 205. Later, the bowlers Sam Curran, Tom Curran and Ansari proved their pace and spin skills. The others in the squad weren’t as successful but they helped defend the total and win the match; Batty, Bravo and Pillans will need to bring more expertise and help provide regular breakthroughs.
In the game against Glamorgan, the batting line-up consisting of stalwarts like Sangakkara, Davies, Roy and Wilson, fell like a pack of cards without focusing on building a strong foundation. The Curran brothers put up a decent fight but they ended with only 93 runs in total, which was too less for the bowler to defend and they lost the match by 8 wickets.
While some of the batsmen are in good form, there are other all-rounders like Ansari, Davies and Azhar Mahmood, who need to up their ante in order to stop the Hampshire bowlers from stifling them. The bowling department has a good combination of pace and spin; they will need to strategize well in order to overcome the challenge here.
The top order yet again failed to impress with the bat as players like Carberry, Adams, Ervine and Dawson got out cheap against Glamorgan bowlers; Wheater and Afridi tried to keep the scoreboard ticking with their 30+ runs each while Vince gave the innings a good start with 27 off 22 but in the end, the total of 141 runs wasn’t enough to defend and win the match.
Dawson, Andrew and Berg took 4 wickets between them while Afridi dismissed Wagg but others like speedsters Sammy and Best couldn’t reign in the run-flow. The pace department needs to gel well as a unit and along with spinners like Afridi and Dawson, Hampshire can surely try to make a omeback here.
Overall, they are a talented team of expert batsmen and all-rounder bowlers, but must stabilize the innings with solid partnerships if batting first or during chase.
Surrey has done well to reach the fourth position on the table while Hampshire is in desperate need to better its standing; the hosts have the psychological advantage and they will leave no stone unturned to win the upcoming contest on Thursday