Surrey v Essex Eagles
Thursday 12 July
The Kia Oval
Surrey Team | Aaron Finch (5), Rory Burns (17), Ben Foakes (7) (WK), Nic Maddinson (53), Ollie Pope (32), Rikki Clarke (81), Will Jacks (9), Matthew Pillans (47), Morne Morkel (65), Gareth Batty (13), Jade Dernbach (16) (C).
Essex Eagles Team | Adam Wheater (31) (WK), Varun Chopra (6), Tom Westley (21), Ravi Bopara (25), Ryan ten Doeschate (27) (C), Dan Lawrence (28), Simon Harmer (11), Matt Coles (1), Adam Zampa (88), Sam Cook (16), Jamie Porter (44).
Toss | Surrey who elected to bat.
Umpires | Ian Blackwell & Graham Lloyd.
Result | Surrey win by 39 runs.
Reaction | Head Coach Anthony McGrath reflects on a Surrey defeat.
Match Report | Essex slumped to a 39 run defeat in their Vitality Blast match at The Kia Oval on Thursday night as Surrey recorded their first win of the season in the competition.
Chasing 223 to win, the Eagles seemed on course to issue a meaningful challenge when they reached a halfway stage of their innings on 100 for one after Varun Chopra and Adam Wheater had launched the innings with a 56 run stand in 4.5 overs before Wheater was dismissed for 30.
Chopra was again in commanding form and together with Tom Westley took the score into three figures before Westley became the first of three victims for spinner Gareth Batty.
Westley went for 23 and two balls later Ravi Bopara was bowled by the off-spinner for two as the complexion of the game changed with the visitors now 105 for three.
Chopra reached a 36 ball half-century that embraced two sixes and three other boundaries but failed to find a substantial contribution from his colleagues. Essex progressively fell behind the required rate losing skipper Ryan ten Doeschate to Batty who was to finish his four over spell with figures of three for 36.
Chopra who had reached 50 for the second time in three matches in this competition eventually departed in the 17th over when run out for 67 as Essex recoiled to 157 for five.
Dan Lawrence hit 16 and there was a brief flurry from Simon Harmer and Matt Coles at the end. They posted 24 in less than two overs before Harmer was caught off the final ball of the match, leaving Coles unbeaten on 13 and Essex Eagles 183 for seven.
Aaron Finch and Ben Foakes struck swashbuckling half-centuries before Rikki Clarke added a quickfire 48 as Surrey posted 222 for four having won the toss. It was their highest score against Essex in the competition and the Eagles attack suffered heavily against the onslaught that started in the first two overs of the innings.
Rory Burns collected three boundaries from the opening over bowled by Jamie Porter and then Finch tucked in to Sam Cook, taking 16 from the over that included the first of his four sixes.
The introduction of Coles brought about the end of Burns and shortly afterwards Porter had Surrey debutant Nic Maddinson caught at mid-off for three to leave Surrey 33 for two in the fourth over.
Then Finch and Foakes clubbed their way to an 86 run stand in eight overs that included twenty off one Porter over and 14 against Coles.
At the half-way stage of their innings, the home side were 104-2 as Finch and Foakes revelled. Finch, having crucially been dropped by Coles at deep mid-wicket when he had scored 16, brought up his 50 from just 29 balls that included four sixes and three fours. He was finally undone when he skied a return catch to Adam Zampa with the score of 119 in the 12th over.
Foakes continued on his merry way reaching a 31 ball half-century before Zampa struck again having the batsman caught at deep mid-off for 56 that included two sixes and five fours.
Any thoughts Essex might have had of believing the onslaught was over proved false with the arrival of Rikki Clarke.
The experienced campaigner thrashed 48 from just twenty deliveries including four sixes and two fours. Together with Ollie Pope, he added 68 from the last four overs including 25 in one over from Coles. Clarke was unbeaten on 48 whilst Pope finished 31 not out.
Zampa was the pick of the Essex Eagles attack, whose four overs brought him figures of 2 for 20.