About the Match
Surrey with 10 points from 5 wins out of 7 matches played in the South Division are up against Kent who are lagging behind with 7 points from 3 wins out of the 8 played so far, on 2nd July at the Oval. The audience will be anxiously looking forward to this match as the two old rivals are clashing to regain the lost ground; considering recent performances, Kent lost their match on 27th against Gloucestershire at Bristol failing to defend 150 whereas Surrey won against Hampshire at the Oval with a huge margin and will be eager to take its campaign further ahead.
They are seasoned fighters and are well placed in the league table closely behind Essex Eagles in the number two spot and the fantastic win they registered against Hampshire at the same venue on 27th should act as a shot in the arm to establish their supremacy against the Kent Spitfires' team. They won the toss on 27th against Hampshire and were so determined to control the game that they challenged the opponent to set a target on winning the toss and inflicted early casualty in the 2nd over by dismissing opener Vince with only 9 runs on board and then kept hammering the batsmen down the line with the help of superb bowling by Azhar who claimed 3 wickets followed by good support from Dilshan, Tremlett, Peterson, Batty and Ansari who claimed 1 each, to end the opponent’s innings at 131 for 9. Chasing, Roy and Dilshan laid a solid foundation of 78 runs for the opening stand and then Pietersen and Wilson played well to record the win by 8 wickets with 36 balls to spare. They have a battery of good bowlers and consistent batsmen and they will try and repeat the performance in the present tussle too.
They lost their recent match against Gloucestershire at Bristol failing to defend 150. They were asked to bat first by the Gloucs and Drummond opening with Key gave a good start followed by Northeast joining Drummond taking the score to 94 adding 65 for the 2nd wicket. The batsmen who came down the order did not capitalize on the good work by Drummond and Northeast, losing wickets quickly and taking the team’s total to just 150 for 6. The opponents did a good job to restrict the target and the Gloucs chased it comfortably and won by 4 wickets though Claydon bowled well claiming 3 wickets, with Doug Bollinger, Stevens, Griffith, Ball and James Tredwell playing support role. Kent should keep in mind that the team has to perform and deliver with all departments giving 100%; the good work by openers should be sustained by the batsmen down the line and bowlers should make disciplined efforts to defend the target. Above all the weaknesses of the opponent should be studied and tackled with a strategy to create dent in the ranks of the opponent.
Surrey is a formidable team to reckon with and even though Kent will be looking forward to gain a vantage point with the help of its bowling attack, Surrey with its present form and tactful play, are more likely to win the match easily.
Surrey Lions, 1.50 @ Bet365