Jun 24 2011 By Matt Wiggins
SURREY produced a battling all round display to record their second win in a row at the hands of old enemy Middlesex.
Batting first at the KIA Oval the Lions recovered from losing Steven Davies for 3 when he top edged a pull off Steven Crook.
Skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown (30) and Jason Roy (32) moved the score past 50 but on 55 saw the Surrey captain chop onto his stumps off Neil Dexter.
The wicket was the first of three for the Middlesex skipper as he bowled Roy and had Zander de Bruyn caught behind to finish with figures of 3-18.
Surrey needed a batsman to bat through the innings and found their man in Tom Maynard who finished unbeaten on 50 having hit three fours and two sixes.
Maynard combined with Irishman Gary Wilson (11) for 30 before the latter was bowled by Tim Murtagh attempting to flick the ball over the keeper.
However Yassir Arafat’s (28*) arrival at the crease signalled a surge in the scoring as the pair smashed 57, including 20 from the final over, to leave Middlesex a target of 164 to win.
In reply Surrey had the hard hitting Paul Stirling to contend with as Hamilton-Brown opted to bowl his off breaks in the first over.
The skipper led the way with tight bowling off 0-14 from his four overs as Surrey restricted Middlesex to just 102 in the first 15 overs.
Stuart Meaker, playing his first game for a month after a hamstring injury, struck the first Surrey blow as he had Dexter caught behind by Steven Davies for 7.
And when the excellent Gareth Batty (1-17) had Stirling trapped in front playing the sweep for 34 Surrey looked to be in command.
However, ex Surrey left hander Scott Newman combined with Dawid Malan for an 87 run partnership which took Middlesex to the last over needing 28 from the final over.
A boundary over long on from Newman from the second ball started the over well but Arafat had the last laugh as he bowled Newman for 61 to leave Middlesex 21 runs short.