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Surrey bowlers fail to deliver

By Ben Horne
July 19 2005

Surrey once again failed to defend a respectable total as they lost to Derbyshire by 5 wickets. After making 260 for 8, Surrey’s bowling attack could not defend the score as the Phantoms reached their total with 5.4 overs to spare.

Surrey won the toss and decided to bat. New one day openers James Benning and John Batty put on 89 for the first wicket. Benning was first to go for 45 from 39 balls as he was caught by Friend with Welch the bowler. Batty was next to be dismissed as he was caught behind by Sutton with Moss the bowler for 45. Ramprakash and Thorpe then added 54 to take the lions to 163 for 3. Brown hit a quick fire 20 from just 13 balls, which included 3 sixes. However when he was caught by Di Venuto with Hunter the bowler, Clarke followed soon for 2. Graham Thorpe was looking in good touch as he reminded the England selectors what they are missing, but when on 46 he became the second run out victim of the innings. Useful scores from Murtagh and Doshi helped Surrey reach 260 for 8. However it could have been much better for Surrey as at one stage they were 163 for 2.

Derbyshire openers Steve Stubbings Michael Di Venuto started brightly as they hit out against the inadequate Surrey bowling attack. They hit the highest ever one day opening partnership against Surrey as they put on 217 for the opening stand, which included 25 boundaries between. Both were looking on course for a century but Mohammad Akram removed both of them for 98. Sutton, Friend and Welch all fell before the end but Moss saw the Phantoms home as they won with 5.4 overs to spare.

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