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In Focus: Phenomenal Finch & Rampant Roy

Published: 4th August, 2018

Every now and again in sport, you see something that is simply incomprehensible to all with the privilege of viewing it.

You can travel the world over but you’re unlikely to come across another passage of play as breathtaking as the display of power hitting from Aaron Finch and Jason Roy against Middlesex at the Kia Oval on Friday night.

Clocking off 194 of the 222 required to beat their London rivals in just 13.5 overs, the pair registered Surrey’s highest ever T20 partnership – edging past their own record of 187 from a 2016 meeting with Kent.

It was Roy who ended the dance when he finally holed out on 84 but he returned up the Bedser Stand steps safe in the knowledge that Finch and his compatriot Nic Maddinson had a relative age to complete the job.

They did just that, sealing a record chase in all T20 cricket at the Kia Oval with a full four overs to spare as Finch ended 117 not out and Maddinson on 13.

The sold out Kia Oval lapped up the 34 boundaries on display in those 16 overs; appreciative that they were watching two of the finest in the game mastering their art form.

Roy was effectively just another spectator early in proceedings as he saw Finch race to his half-century off just 16 balls from the non-strikers’ end.

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You’d be a fool to think that would remain the case for long though and Roy took an equal liking to the Middlesex bowling which, not through lack of effort and variety, could find no answers to the destructive pair.

His 50 came up at a relatively pedestrian strike rate of 208.33 – the key word in that sentence being ‘relatively’.

This was after the pair came just eight short of the current T20 record for powerplays, which was set at 106/0 by Nottinghamshire in August 2017.

Finch’s 100 came up with Surrey on 179/0 after just 12.4 overs and despite the impressive total set by the visitors, the match was seemingly already over.

Trying to race to the finish line, Roy was eventually caught at cow corner by Ashton Agar off the bowling of James Fuller having hit seven fours and seven sixes in his 37-ball stay at the crease.

Finch persevered without his partner and ended 117 not out from just 52 balls with 11 fours and eight sixes.

He has now hit 462 runs in six innings at an average of 154.00 for Surrey in this year’s Vitality Blast. The number one ranked T20 player in the world is breaking new ground.

Surrey pick up another two points to put them in fifth place after eight matches but more importantly at this stage, they have the confidence that their opening batsmen can chase any total put before them.

Tickets are available for Surrey’s two remaining Vitality Blast home fixtures at the Kia Oval, with entry for U16s just £1 for the matches with Sussex & Hampshire.

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