Published: 13th March, 2019
Another quarter-final victory at the Kia Oval, this time thanks to the famous power hitting of opener Jason Roy.
10 years after defeating the same side at the same stage with Adam Hollioake playing the starring role, it was another Surrey fans’ favourite who delighted a capacity crowd on this August evening.
It wasn’t all Roy’s hitting though, with the bowlers operating excellently to reducing the visiting Pears to 141/9 from their 20 overs. Seamers Jade Dernbach (2/22), Matt Dunn (2/28) and Azhar Mahmood (1/32) claimed five wickets between them but the three spin options also shone.
Overseas stars Tillakaratne Dilshan and Robin Peterson bowled two overs each, with Peterson taking two of the top three Worcestershire batsmen. Experienced off-spinner Gareth Batty also got through his four overs at 1/33.
That left a modest total for Surrey to chase but a lightning quick start is always beneficial in T20 cricket. With Jason Roy in the side that kind of start is always likely and it’s just what Surrey got here.
By the time his opening partner Dilshan went for just one in the third over, Surrey were already on to 35 thanks to the incredible batting of Roy. He was next to go but not before he had taken his team to 67 inside six overs and reached his own half-century. The eight fours and three sixes at a strike rate of 226.09 saw him take the plaudits with 52 runs from 23 balls.
Contributions from Kevin Pietersen (29) and Robin Peterson (24) were enough to ensure the win and Surrey were at yet another showpiece day! Unfortunately, the semi-final was were the journey ended as they fell to eventual winners Birmingham Bears. Roy did end the year as the competition’s top scorer though with a whopping 677 runs.