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Surrey won by 67 runs.

Sussex vs Surrey

Afzaal ton downs Sussex

Left-hander smashes superb century in Surrey victory

Afzaal: 126 from 105 balls

Friends Provident Trophy - South/East Division
Surrey 346-3 (U Afzaal 126 no, M R Ramprakash 63, J G E Benning 51) v Sussex 279-8
Surrey beat Sussex by 67 runs

Usman Afzaal's unbeaten 126 laid the base for Surrey to claim a 67-run win over Sussex in the South/East Division of the FP Trophy.

Afzaal blasted 12 fours and two sixes during a 105-ball innings that allowed Surrey to post a formidable total of 346-3 after they opted to bat.

The left-hander shared stands of 153 with Mark Ramprakash (63) and an unbroken 87 with Ally Brown (40no) for the third and fourth wickets respectively.

That built on the good work of opening pair Scott Newman (43) and James Benning (51) and left Sussex with an intimidating run chase under the Hove floodlights.

Former West Indies Test seamer Corey Collymore struggled to make an impact on his Sussex debut, having been signed as a Kolpak player on a one year contract.

The 30-year-old, drafted in to add some firepower to the bowling attack, finished with 0-71 in nine overs.

The hosts never looked like pulling it off and eventually ended well short on 279-8 after failing to keep the required rate under control.

Home skipper Chris Adams top-scored with 40 and four others passed 30, but nobody could follow Afzaal's earlier example and play the commanding innings that the situation demanded.

Afzaal capped a fine individual performance by spinning his way to figures of 2-42, while seam bowler Jade Dernbach also impressed with 3-56.

One slight dampener for Surrey was a finger injury to leg-spinner Chris Schofield, who was forced to leave the field part-way through his sixth over.

Match Details

8th May 2008
Eaton Road, Hove
M J Harris and B Leadbeater


Batsman R
Nash b Dernbach 13
Hodd lbw b Nicholson 33
Rayner lbw b Dernbach 6
Adams c Butcher b Schofield 40
Goodwin st Batty b Afzaal 38
Yardy c Newman b Nicholson 39
Hopkinson b Afzaal 21
Martin-Jenkins not out 39
Smith b Dernbach 15
Kirtley not out 20
Extras 2nb, 7w, 6lb 15
Total 50.0 Overs 279 - 8
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Dernbach 10 1 56 3
Collins 9 0 53 0
Nicholson 10 0 59 2
Schofield 5.5 0 26 1
Afzaal 10 1 42 2
Brown 5.1 0 37 0
Full Bowling Card