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Ollie Pope lights way for Surrey as Michael Hogan five-for in vain

Surrey 174 for 6 (Pope 62, Hogan 5-18) beat glamorgan 173 for 5 (Northeast 65, Cooke 46) by four wickets

Ollie Pope scored 62 from 46 balls as Surrey kicked off their exciting Vitality Blast campaign by beating Glamorgan by four wickets with one ball left in front of a crowd of 16,000 at the Kia Oval.

Pope was joined by Sam Curran in a fourth-wicket score of 62 and Surrey came home at 174 for 6 despite a late wave of wickets as Michael Hogan nearly pulled the game out of the hat for Glamorgan, who had previously totaled 173 for 5.

England Testbatsman Pope did a great job and, with the win almost certain, he completed his fifty with two frenzied reverse-flipped fours to fine the third man on Dan Douthwaite’s fast medium, before hitting another four to mid-off struck from the next ball.

Pope hit eight fours, but when he and Jordan Clark, hitting a serviceable 17, both caught in an extraordinary second-to-last over from Hogan that only took one run, it suddenly seemed possible for Surrey to screw up. Hogan’s 5 for 18 was a Glamorgan T20 record against Surrey.

But Jamie Overton and Chris Jordan, now Surrey captain in T20 cricket on his return from Sussex, kept their nerves in check. With eight required from Michael Neser’s final remaining, Overton pulled and drove twos from the first and fifth ball, Jordan also sprinted back for a second run between two singles and Surrey was home.

Sam Northeast’s 65 from 51 balls had anchored Glamorgan’s innings, and he hit Reece Topley for straight sixes in a 19th over the cost of 24 runs. Those were Northeast’s last two scoring shots, when he misled the next ball to long on where Jason Roy ran in and tumbled forward to take the catch.

But it was Chris Cooke who gave the real momentum in his combative 27-ball 46 in the bottom half of the innings, with West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine the standout bowler 1 for 17 from his four overs on his Surrey debut. .

Surrey lost openers Jason Roy, for 15, and Will Jacks, for 6, in the third over of their answer. Roy skied Hogan to cover in his first county appearance of the season and when Jacks also fell Surrey was 23 for 2. But Laurie Evans, dropped badly on four at midwicket by David Lloyd of Neser, played some powerful shots in his 23 and when he was caught off Douthwaite in the ninth, with the Surrey chase already gaining momentum.

Curran hit left arm spinner Prem Sisodya for a straight six, a drawn four then a sweet swung six over midwicket from consecutive balls in the 13th over and when he skied Hogan to deep square leg to go for 36 it was left to Clark to help Pope send Surrey close to the winning line.

Glamorgan, seeded, reached 67 for 2 midway through their innings, with Northeast and Marnus Labuschagne doing their best to speed the score against an excellent bowling from Surrey’s strong and varied offense.

Northeast took over consecutive lofted fours from Topley’s second with the new ball, first on the ground then batted to wide long-on, but Lloyd went over for 3 in the fourth – he hit Dan Worrall’s first ball straight to deep cover on the ropes .

Labuschagne’s 20 finished at the start of the seventh over when he uppercuted Overton’s first pass to the third man, where Topley judged the catch well. And Topley, with a short fine leg length, then produced a brilliant jump attempt to clear Kiran Carlson for 9 as he attempted to paddle the impressive Narine in 12th over.

Northeast had previously unveiled an extraordinary tennis style hitch for four in Overton’s second over and the same bowler gave up 20 when he returned for the 14th over of the innings and Chris Cooke cut and swung him for two big sixes.

Cooke and Northeast added 63 for the fourth wicket, before Cooke hooked Curran to the long leg in the 18th. Douthwaite pulled his first ball, from Topley, for six and both he and Joe Cooke, who cut Jordan through the empty skid area in the final over two-four, finished on 10 dead ends.

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