By ECB's Reporters network
Surrey’s flying start to the Vitality Blast continued with a five-wicket win against outgunned Glamorgan at the Kia Oval after Jason Roy smashed three sixes and eight fours in a 35-ball 64.
Marnus Labuschagne earlier hit 74 from 51 balls and Nick Selman’s 28-ball 43 featured three sixes but Glamorgan’s 166 for 8 was never going to be enough once Roy had thrillingly assaulted the Welsh county’s spinners in the opening overs.
Surrey, last year’s beaten Blast finalists, have now won their first three South Group matches and a 4,000 crowd – the maximum allowed under government restrictions – lapped it up as Roy plundered 18 from the second over, bowled by off spinner Andrew Salter, with four fours either dismissively lofted straight or fired through the covers.
Sixteen more came from the next over, as slow left-armer Prem Sisodya was pulled by Roy for six and also taken for two fours by Will Jacks. Roy then pulled seamer James Weighell for six as Surrey’s 50 arrived in the fourth over.
Jacks was caught at deep cover for 10 but Roy swept Labuschagne’s leg spin for four and pulled him violently for six. When he skied the same bowler to cover in the ninth over, Surrey’s total was already 88 and it was left to Laurie Evans and Jamie Smith, who both played excellently for 39 and 35 not out respectively after both Sam Curran and Jamie Overton had fallen to spin, to see Surrey home with 10 balls to spare.
Labuschagne got off the mark with a pulled four off Sam Curran and the only false shot in a superb innings, before he skied Jordan Clark to cover in the final over, was an inside-edged four off Clark in the 12th over as he began to look to accelerate the scoring.
Perhaps the stroke of the night - despite Roy's pyrotechnics - was Labuschagne’s sole six, pummeled over long on off Clark from down on one knee in the 18th over and there were eight fours too from the Australian.
Kiran Carlson also provided impetus with a 13-ball 23, including a sweetly-struck six off Sam Curran over square leg, before being run out by Tom Curran’s direct hit from third man trying to complete a second run.
David Lloyd fell for 10 in the fifth over, caught at deep square leg, and Selman’s quickfire innings – in which he struck Matt Dunn for 4, 4, 6, 6 from consecutive balls in the fourth over – ended three overs later with a lofted drive to extra cover off Dan Moriarty’s left-arm spin.
Both Colin Ingram and Chris Cooke holed out in the deep, for 4 and 6 respectively as Moriarty finished with 3 for 26, while Dan Douthwaite and Weighell perished cheaply either side of Labuschagne in the frantic final overs.