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Durham dent Surrey last-eight bid

Durham 287-4 beat Surrey 227 by 60 runs
(Durham 2pts, Surrey 0pts)

Will Smith
Smith's 77 was his second half-century of this season's FP Trophy

Durham dented Surrey's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the FP Trophy with a 60-run win at The Oval.

Captain Will Smith (77), Kyle Coetzer (61) and Ian Blackwell (57) all hit half-centuries and Dale Benkenstein 45 not out as Durham posted 287-4.

Scott Newman (53) and Mark Ramprakash (36) put Surrey into a position to challenge at 130-2.

But after debutant Ben Stokes bowled Ramprakash, Surrey collapsed to 227 all out, despite 58 from Usman Afzaal.

In truth, the real damage was done in the immediate aftermath of Ramprakash's dismissal.

Gareth Breese (3-42) added to his earlier capture of Newman by bowling Grant Elliott and having Gary Wilson caught for a second-ball duck, while 17-year-old Stokes also bowled Matthew Spriegel for a third-ball duck as Surrey slumped from 130-2 to 139-6.

Chris Schofield threatened to help Afzaal stage an unlikely recovery as they put on 58 for the seventh wicket.


But after the one-time England leg-spinner was bowled by Blackwell for 31 the end was not long in coming.

Earlier, Smith and Coetzer shared a second-wicket stand of exactly 100 and Smith and Blackwell 82 for the third wicket inside 11 overs as Durham's top order fired.

Blackwell's 57, which included two sixes and four fours, came off only 49 balls, while Benkenstein also provided fireworks at the death, with his 45 coming off just 36 balls, including four boundaries.

Surrey must now win their last two games, at home against Sussex and Yorkshire, and hope other results go their way to stand any chance of reaching the last eight by virtue of a better net run rate.

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