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Rampant Lions crush Dynamos' batting

By Jon Artman
May 31 2005

Welcome to the Brit Oval where the Totesport League Division 2 match is taking place between the Surrey Lions and the Durham Dynamos, who won the toss and elected to field. The match was reduced to 38 overs per side due to rain delaying the start of play. The Dynamos made early inroads into the Surrey innings as Scott Newman was clean bowled by Neil Killeen. Mark Ramprakash failed to get off the mark and lasted an over before being caught behind. Captain Jon Batty then departed soon after, going also for a duck, edging to slip. The terrible start to the innings continued when Ali Brown was bowled by Neil Killeen. That left the Lions on 26-4 in big trouble. But then opener James Benning and Rikki Clarke made a superb 129 innings-saving partnership. Benning took the lead role, but only scored 5 boundaries in his 66 and one six. Clarke also found boundaries hard to come by, and scored 4 of them. Clarke went first, when he drived straight to Gareth Breese's hands, a poor shot. Bennin stuck around a bit longer but inevitably was bowled by Breese. Salisbury's efforts to up the run rate were wasted whe n a weak shot ended up at slip. Tail enders Murtagh and Sampson provided an excellent backbone to the innings, playing some fine, quick shots to finish Surrey in a very good position. Sampson smacked 12 runs off 8 balls while Murtagh clubbed 31 off 22, scoring 3 fours and a six. Surrey's innings came to an end on 219-7. Tim Murtagh made a fine start to the Surrey bowling, with a shock early breakthrough, trapping new signing Nathan Astle for a duck. Durham's start to their innings resembled Surrey's in many ways. Murtagh trapped Jon Lewis in identical fashion, then next ball did the same again to Collingwood! Durham were on 10-3 at that stage. Benkenstein and Nicky Peng steaadied things well, avoiding further embarassment for anothe 95 runs. Benkeinstein departed first, narrowly missing out on a deserved 50, caught behind off a tricky ball from Salisbury. This sparked yet another collapse and basically killed off their chances of victory. Peng was bowled, sending stumps flying from Salisbury. Muchall did not hang around long and was stumped attempting a ridiculous shot. Then Breese surrendered his wicket cheaply, trying a sweep but placing his legs right in front of his stumps. Mustard gave a spark of hope smacking 15 off 10 balls, but was too optimistic and was bowled by James Benning. New Dynamos signing Ashley Noffke looked promising too, but was unfairly run out. The rout was completed by Benning once again, taking the wicket of Killeen. A deserved victory for the rampant Surrey Lions, who are finally finding some form.

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