Smith rocks Brown Caps' bid
Dynamos skipper smashes 77 in Brit Oval run-fest
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: 15/05/09 6:55pm
Smith: Classy 77 at the Oval
Friends Provident Trophy - Group C
The Brit Oval
Durham 287-4 (W R Smith 77, K J Coetzer 61, I D Blackwell 57) v Surrey 227 (U Afzaal 58, S A Newman 53)
Durham beat Surrey by 60 runs
Durham Dynamos dented Surrey Brown Caps' hopes of qualifying from Group C of the Friends Provident trophy with an impressive 60-run win at the Brit Oval.
Kyle Coetzer, Will Smith and Ian Blackwell all struck half-centuries for Durham, who despite being unable to qualify for the quarter-finals, completed the double over Surrey.
Dale Benkenstein also chipped in with a quick-fire unbeaten 45 to ensure the Dynamos posted a daunting 287-4 from their 50-over allocation.
In response, Scott Newman and Uzman Afzaal both crafted fifties to give the home side hope, however wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals and the Brown Caps were dismissed for 227 in the 48th over.
After winning the toss and opting to bat Durham suffered an early setback when Gordon Muchall was dismissed by West Indian paceman Pedro Collins for 14.
Undeterred, captain Smith joined Coetzer in the middle and the pair put on exactly 100 for the second wicket to lay the platform for Durham's highest score of the competition this season.
Coetzer struck a patient 61 off 90 balls before he was clean bowled by Chris Schofield and Smith amassed a classy 77 which included five fours before he was sent on his way by Andre Nel.
Big-hitting all-rounder Blackwell (57 off 49) and Benkenstein took up the mantle superbly with a 50 partnership that provided the Dynamos with a strong chance of recording just their second win of the campaign.
Newman's watchful 53 off 76 balls at the top of the Brown Caps order threaten to derail Durham's chances of victory, however when Afzaal (58) perished to Liam Plunkett late in the innings, Surrey's hopes evaporated.
Mark Ramprakash (36) and Schofield (31) also chipped in with the bat, however the defeat means that Surrey must beat Sussex and Yorkshire in their remaining two fixtures.
Off-spinner Gareth Breese (3-42) and debutant medium-pacer Ben Stokes (2-22) were the pick of the Durham bowlers.