Surrey Second XI fell to a narrow defeat in their opening One Day match of the season against Sussex Second XI at Blackstone Academy Ground yesterday.
Bowling first in the friendly, Surrey made good use of the new ball, with Matthew Dunn – on his first competitive outing of the season – and George Edwards bowling with good pace and then finding solid backup with the first change pair of fellow seamers Tom Jewell (captaining the side) and Jack Winslade.
Sussex lost three early wickets as Joe Gatting, Matt Machan and Bilal Shafayat all went before their side had reached 30 but they were saved by an excellent partnership between former Nottinghamshire man Scott Elstone (69) and leg spinner Will Beer (97*) who did the majority of the work required to leave Sussex on a competitive total of 223/4.
Surrey lost Rory Burns (13) and triallist Karl Turner (1) early in the reply but Arun Harinath (67) and Akhil Patel (41) manoeuvred them into a good position at 120/3 after 25 overs.
However, when Patel went to Grant for 41 and Harinath followed 20 runs later to the same bowler, Surrey were unable to re-establish the platform. Despite contributions from Ben Raine (19), Jack Winslade (19) and Michael Burgess (16) the momentum petered out of the chase and they ended 18 runs short on 205/9.
The two sides meet again today in a second forty over match at the Blackstone Academy Ground. For Surrey, Jason Roy and Gary Keedy come into the squad in place of Rory Burns and Arun Harinath and young all-rounder Tom Curran also joins the squad.
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