Roy powers Surrey into semis
Jason Roy produced one of his trademark top-order assaults to spearhead Surrey's three-wicket NatWest t20 Blast quarter-final win over Worcestershire at the Kia Oval.
Roy's stunning 52 from 23 balls, including three sixes and eight fours, took his run tally to 619 from 14 innings in this summer's Twenty20 competition at an average of 47.61 and helped Surrey overhaul Worcestershire's modest 141 for nine with 3.3 overs to spare.
There was a little bit of a wobble after Roy's exit, with Worcestershire fighting hard in the field to take seven Surrey wickets on a slowish pitch, but Robin Peterson finished matters in the 17th over by swinging Shaaiq Choudhry's left-arm spin for six and then driving the next ball through mid off for four.
After the six-over powerplay at the start of their innings, Surrey had rushed to 68 for two thanks to Roy's fireworks.
At the four-over mark, indeed, Roy had made 46 from 19 balls out of Surrey's first 49 runs as even the two proven world-class batsmen in the county's top three, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kevin Pietersen, were forced to take a back seat.
Sri Lankan veteran Dilshan was out for one, caught at fine leg as he attempted one of his famous 'Dilscoops' against Jack Shantry's medium-pace, and Pietersen - apart from one gorgeous on-driven four - was initially content to watch from the other end as Roy laid into the Worcestershire bowling.
Mitch McClenaghan's first two overs went for 33 runs as he bore the brunt of Roy's strokemaking.
When Roy was out, mis-hitting Shantry to mid-on from the fourth ball of the sixth over, it was left to Pietersen and the rest of Surrey's international-packed middle order to complete the job.
Pietersen hit 29 from 27 balls, with five fours, but he then pulled Joe Leach to mid-on at the start of the 12th over and Surrey made rather heavy weather of the remaining chase.
Surrey were 104 for four when Pietersen departed, with Gary Wilson already back in the dugout when he was caught off Leach for 12 and, when Rory Burns was brilliantly run out for two by Brett D'Oliveira's direct hit from cover, the scoreboard suddenly showed 106 for five and the Rapids sensed they still had half a chance.
Azhar Mahmood swung one six before top-edging a hook at McClenaghan to long leg on nine, and Zafar Ansari was also undone by the short ball, gloving Colin Munro to keeper Ben Cox for two.
From 128 for seven, however, there were no further alarms for Surrey as Peterson - who finished on 24 not out from 12 balls, with a six and three fours - saw them home in the company of Gareth Batty.
Having been put into bat, Worcestershire suffered from losing wickets at regular intervals, with Jade Dernbach, Matthew Dunn and Peterson claiming two wickets apiece.
After cutting Dilshan for four in first over of the game, Daryl Mitchell was run out trying to scamper a single before Peterson had Tom Kohler-Cadmore dragging on to his stumps to make it 39 for two.
Munro reverse swept his first delivery for four only to lose his middle stump to Dunn, playing another premeditated shot.
Ross Whiteley swept Batty for four before clubbing the former Worcestershire off-spinner to the long on boundary for a four and a six, but the bowler had the last laugh when the 25-year-old left-hander was bowled for 17.
Cox then became one of six Worcestershire batsman to be bowled as he had his off and middle stumps uprooted by Dunn, before the visitors were reduced to 97 for six when opener Richard Oliver was dismissed by Peterson for a 36-ball 34.
Dernbach then accounted for Leach and Choudhry - brilliantly caught behind by Wilson - before Shantry was bowled by Mahmood in the 20th over, though not before he had lifted the veteran all-rounder over long on for six.