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Lions in successful run chase

By Jon Artman
May 21 2005

The Surrey Lions clinched victory over the Scottish Saltires on Friday, easily chasing down the required runs, with Thorpe and Brown the stars of the innings. Surrey won the toss and elected to field. Scotland made a surprisingly good start, with opener Watts taking the lead role, scoring some nice, steady boundaries. Fellow opener Lockhart struggled though, and just before the openers reached a 50 partnership, Lockhart was caught behind cheaply from an inswinging ball from Martin Bicknell. Watts' nice innings came to an abrupt end when he came forward to drive but only edged it to Ramprakash. Watson and Beukes then made a good 50 partnership, before Watson was dismissed by Benning, trapped lbw. But Scotland took the ascendency and Beukes continued to shine with the bat. He was given valuable support from Smith and especially Yasir Arafat, who clubbed 36 runs off just 28 balls. Beukes finally departed on 92 after being run out, denied his deserving century. Scotland overall batted well and scored a very respectable score of 252-7 from their 45 overs. Surrey's run chase started extremely well, managing a good run rate. The openers Newman and Benning put on a lively 88 together, with Benning just missing out on a speedy half-century. Benning got 49 off 37 balls. But before Benning departed, Newman and Ramprakash fell in quick succession. Ramprasash went for a duck first ball. Thorpe and Brown kept the runs flowing nicely. The pair never looked back and delivered a scintillating partnership, which set the Lions on course for a convincing victory. Brown's innings was typically fast and controlled, with some jaw-droppng sixes included too. Thorpe surpassed Brown by just 4 runs. Clarke and Batty then saw the Lions home, with Clarke especially finishing in style, unbeaten on 25.

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