Cricket: Surrey brushed aside by Byas

David Llewellyn reports from The Oval Surrey 229 Yorkshire 230-1 Yorkshire win by nine wickets
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Surrey's abject day with bat and ball was encapsulated with the last shot of the match. Michael Bevan hoisted a Brendon Julian delivery into the ionosphere towards David Ward at deep midwicket. He ran in, appeared to have the situation and the ball well in hand, but spilled the chance and Bevan completed the two runs needed for victory.

David Byas, the Yorkshire captain, who had been subjected to jeers for not setting up a run chase in the rain-wrecked Championship match the previous day at Canterbury, was this time the target of cheers as he went up to collect his first Gold Award after savaging a sorry Surrey attack for his first century in the competition and his highest one-day score.

Darren Bicknell must have been an unhappy man. He failed to hold a fairly straightforward chance at square leg when Byas was on 15. The bowler was Martin Bicknell and his body language was unprintable.

By the 15th over, when the partnership was broken, Michael Vaughan had contributed 36 to the 94-run stand, he then square drove Joey Benjamin's fifth ball straight to Chris Lewis in the gully. It was the only bright spot for the rejuvenated England all-rounder, whose own bowling came in for a severe mauling - his eight overs realising 59 for the Yorkshire cause.

Byas was contemptuous of everyone and everything. His near three-hour innings contained 18 boundaries off the 103 deliveries he faced and he had the satisfaction of sharing an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 136 with Bevan.

Sir Lawrence Byford, the Yorkshire president, has had a chat with Sachin Tendulkar and further talks are planned with a view to persuading the Indian Test batsman to return to the county next year; on yesterday's performance by the Australian Bevan, he will have a hard act to follow. Bevan's unbeaten 65 was his fourth successive Benson and Hedges half-century this summer and his sixth in a total of eight Cup appearances.

The savaging Benjamin received at the hands of Bevan in his 10th and final over was unbelievable - five fours, one off a no ball - which left his figures in shreds. And that was also an appropriate description of the Surrey innings.

The big hitters were not so hot and the Surrey total was at least 70 too low. Alistair Brown and Graham Thorpe hit 40, but instead of great beginnings, it marked their end.

There was a brief flourish from Lewis and Martin Bicknell, but losing the toss and having to bat on a pitch which offered the Yorkshire seamers a fair amount of help made their task next to impossible.

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