Surrey and Berkshire unbeaten in Standard Bank
Surrey and Berkshire both made it two wins in two yesterday as the Standard Bank festival continued into its second day. Wales and Hampshire also bounced back from their opening day defeats to win their respective matches.
Batting first against Buckinghamshire at FB Fields, Surrey scored 260-6, Adam Dyson making 78 and Dan Sidley 62*. Dyson then starred with the ball as Buckinghamshire were bowled out for 158, returning figures of 3-29 from his 10 overs including 2 maidens. Matt Stibbard also picked up 3 wickets as Surrey secured a comfortable 102-run victory.
In the other match in Group A, Hampshire beat Oxfordshire by 7 wickets at Grainville. Oxfordshire could only manage 111 batting first, a total that Hampshire knocked off in 25.1 overs, James Halson leading the way with 41*.
In Group B, Berkshire made it two wins in two with a convincing 91-run victory over home side Jersey.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, Berkshire initially slumped to 0-2, the in-form Stuart Parsons removed by a brilliant catch from Corne Bodenstein off his own bowling and Lyer nicking to the keeper. Yet Berkshire's middle order rallied, taking them to 85-3 off 25 overs and then 107-4 off 30. From this platform Berkshire could push on and they were eventually all out for 210 in the final over, Higgins top-scoring with 79.
Jersey's reply then got off to a nightmare start, Will Ellison removing three of the home side's top-order in the first over of the innings. The run-chase was always going to be difficult from there on in, and it was only thanks to Corey Bisson's knock of 64 that Jersey attained a respectable total, all out for 119 in the 40th over. Ellison finished with the impressive figures of 4-13 from his 8 overs whilst the off-spinner Higgins took 2-5 from 5.5 overs.
Elsewhere in Group B, Wales beat Yorkshire by 5 wickets at Farmers Field. Batting first, Yorkshire made 167-8 in their 50 overs, James Leaning top-scoring with 54. Wales then knocked off the runs with relative ease, surpassing Yorkshire's total in 38.5 overs with Greg Holmes making 75*.