Falcons defeated at Guildford despite Durston ton

Sunday 2nd August 2015
Written by Danny Painter

Wes Durston struck his fifth List A century but it wasn’t enough as Surrey triumphed by 77 runs in a high-scoring Royal London One-Day Cup fixture at Guildford.

Alex Hughes (2-51) and Mark Footitt (2-86) had earlier claimed two wickets apiece for the Falcons, but centuries from Steven Davies (115) and Kumar Sangakkara (109) helped Surrey amass 326-6 from their 50 overs.

Durston led the reply striking 16 fours and five sixes in his innings of 129 from just 98 balls, but Derbyshire lost wickets at crucial stages before being dismissed for 249 after 41.5 overs.

The Falcons are back in Royal London One-Day Cup action on Tuesday when they welcome Leicestershire Foxes to The 3aaa County Ground; 2pm start.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Derbyshire got the breakthrough in the seventh over as Footitt had England opener Jason Roy caught behind for 24, with the hosts 40-1.

This brought Sri Lanka batsman Sangakkara to the crease and his partnership with opener Davies dominated the Surrey innings as the hosts accumulated a big total.

The partnership moved into three figures before Sangakkara reached his fifty from 75 balls in the 29th over to move the Surrey total onto 161-1. Sangakkara began to accelerate and reached three figures just seven overs later after hitting consecutive sixes off Footitt, while Davies reached his own century the following over.

A partnership of 204, Surrey’s highest in List A cricket versus Derbyshire, finally came to an end as Sangakkara was stumped by Tom Poynton off the bowling of Durston for 109.

Alex Hughes took wickets in successive overs as he had Rory Burns caught by Durston for 11, with Davies dismissed in his next over for 115 as he skied a catch to Scott Elstone. Footitt had Tom Curran caught in the deep in the penultimate over by Billy Godleman for 29, prior to Ben Cotton dismissing Gary Wilson in the final over as Surrey closed on 326-6 from their 50 overs.

Durston and Godleman got the Derbyshire chase off to a flyer as they guided their side to 71 without loss from ten overs. Captain Durston brought up his half-century from just 41 balls two overs later with the Falcons reaching 100-0 from just 14 overs.

The partnership came to an end at the start of the 18th over as Godleman was caught behind for 27 to give James Burke a wicket with his first delivery.

Durston continued to play his shots and he reached three figures from just 74 balls in the 23rd over, but Burke struck twice more in the following over as he bowled Chesney Hughes for 11 and then had Wayne Madsen caught by Sam Curran to reduce Derbyshire to 155-3.

Shiv Thakor fell soon after as Burke took the catch to give the veteran Gareth Batty a wicket before Derbyshire reached 188-4 from 30 overs, with 139 runs required from the final 20 overs.

Tom Curran took the wicket of Durston two overs later, with the Falcons Captain caught by Sam Curran for a marvellous 129 from 98 balls.

Alex Hughes was stumped off the bowling of Zafar Ansari for four with S. Curran then removing Poynton (1) and Matt Critchley (2) in successive overs to reduce Derbyshire to 237-8.

Elstone was caught at deep square-leg for a well-made 39 to present Burke with his fourth wicket, with the 24-year-old bowler then removing the last man Footitt to complete a five-wicket haul as Surrey recorded victory by 77 runs.

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