Dean Elgar fell 13 runs short of a century as he helped to push Surrey to a six-wicket win over Essex in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
After the first-ball loss of Will Jacks, Elgar and the Durban-born England blaster Jason Roy (86) put on 127 in 18 overs, building a foundation of 131. He then anchored another partnership of 100 with Ben Foakes, and when he fell, caught and bowled by Port Elizabeth’s Holland international Ryan ten Doeschate, Surrey were well on the way at 231-3.
Elgar, who had three fours and four sixes among his 95 balls, has now scored 228 in his last three List A matches, keeping his eye in until he leaves to join the Proteas for their tour of Sri Lanka in July.
Elsewhere, Rory Kleinveldt, batting at No 8, provided a powerful 41 off 27 balls (three fours, two sixes) as Northants fell five runs short of Durham’s offering of 256. Kleinveldt took 2-50 off his 10 overs in that innings, including that of Tom Latham, who top-scored with 86.
It was a good day out for Roelof van der Merwe, another Saffa in the Netherlands ranks. His 52 helped Somerset to a 53-run win over Middlesex.
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