Surrey beat Glamorgan by five wickets

Laurie Evans hit 39 runs as Surrey beat Glamorgan
T20 Blast, Surrey v Glamorgan
Glamorgan 166-8 (20 overs): Labuschagne 74, Selman 43; Moriarty 3-26
Surrey 167-5 (18.2 overs): Roy 64, Evans 39; Labuschagne 2-31

England opener Jason Roy led the charge with 64 as Surrey beat Glamorgan by five wickets to make it three wins from three.

Roy and Laurie Evans (39) made sure that Surrey were in the driving seat for most of their chase.

They reached their target of 167 with ten balls to spare.

Earlier Marnus Labuschagne top-scored with a superb 74 in Glamorgan’s total of 166-8.

After Surrey chose to bowl first, 21-year-old spinner Dan Moriarty did more than anyone to pin the visitors back with 3-26 in his four overs.

Nick Selman’s 43 off 28 balls got them off to a flying start, before Surrey found success by taking the pace off the ball in a feisty encounter with several verbal clashes between the sides.

Labuschagne belied his lack of experience in the T20 format as he accelerated to his third half-century for Glamorgan in as many matches, placing the ball beautifully between fielders and only facing 51 balls.

Kiran Carlson clubbed 23 off 13 to help Glamorgan regain some momentum before being run out from the boundary by Tom Curran, who along with Jordan Clark bowled tightly at the end.

A target of 167 looked slightly below par and it looked even more so when Roy opened up with a volley of boundaries, dominating a quick-fire stand of 60 with Will Jacks.

Roy reached 64 off 35 balls before skying Labuschagne to point in a brief mid-innings wobble, while Laurie Evans took up the reins with 39 off 26 to keep the home side as favourites.

Wicket-keeper Jamie Smith, 20, removed any remaining doubts with a mature 35 not out.

Glamorgan entertain Kent on Wednesday 16 June while Surrey host Sussex the following day.

Surrey batsman Jason Roy told BBC Radio London:

“Extremely happy with the performances and the wins, and it’s a good feeling to have stuff to work on because we haven’t had a complete performance yet.

“We were outstanding again with the ball, we’ve been clinical and making sure they hit where we want them to, restricting them to 10, 15 or 20 below par.

“I look for small progressions, I felt scratchy at Lord’s, had a bit of fun at Taunton after a long journey and tonight was a lot better.

“Having some of our crowd back (4,000), they made an effort, they had an impact on our performances and it’s just an incredible ground, so a massive shout-out to them.”

Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard told BBC Sport Wales:

“They executed their skills better with the ball on that wicket, we didn’t quite get our angles right in the field with the long boundary.

“Generally we were maybe 10-15 short but it was a good effort with Sellers and Marnus playing very well, delighted with the way Kiran went then we had a bit of a stutter in the death overs.

“They got off to a flying start, we were slightly full with the ball and we weren’t quite there.

“Marnus is an incredibly adaptable player in reading situations, very skilful, he’s a credit to himself. Colin Ingram’s been quiet so far, we want him to come to the party and the lower order with Dan Douthwaite. Overall a battling performance, but not quite at our best and you have to be close to that every game.”


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