In Focus: Jason Roy v Kent

Roy Man of the match

Published: 15th July, 2017

An exceptional 55 from 30 balls earned Jason Roy the Gett UK Man of the Match title but it wasn’t quite enough to seal the Natwest T20 Blast win for Surrey in front of a capacity Kia Oval.

Opening alongside Aaron Finch after Kent had elected to field first, the England opener’s innings earned him 48 per cent of the Twitter vote and moved the early portion of Surrey’s innings along quickly.

Taking a single off the first ball and watching his Aussie partner navigate Milne in the remainder of the opening over, Roy took centre stage in the second over as he smashed his first boundary of the evening by powering the ball back over Matt Coles’ head.

Roy next came on strike in Coles’ second over and hit four consecutive doubles to leave Kent captain Sam Northeast scratching his head as to how to set his field.

Then the devastating form began with three consecutive fours in the fifth over of the innings. As much of a slice of luck as the first, an inside edge, may have been, the following pair of cuts past point were delicious.

The 26-year-old, who missed Thursday’s defeat at Lord’s, then stood back and watched Aaron Finch’s demolition of James Tredwell before navigating nine off the following over from Mitch Claydon.

Three more boundaries, his sixth, seventh and eighth in just 26 balls, in the eighth over of the innings brought up the England white ball opener’s half-century and raised the roof of the Kia Oval.

After reaching the landmark for the first time in this year’s tournament, Roy took Surrey’s opening partnership past the 100 mark with one final chance to have the fielders chasing leather.

He eventually holed out to Tredwell at long off for 55, at a strike rate of more than 183, with Surrey on 108 after 9 overs and in a position that left them capable of setting a mammoth total.

Although home side eventually finished on 205/5,  an inspired 116 from Joe Denly saw the visitors chase down the total with three balls to spare.

There are two more sold out matches to come at the Kia Oval next week as Surrey welcome Essex and Middlesex in the Natwest T20 Blast. We’ll have full coverage of both matches on @surreycricket and kiaoval.com.

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