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Surrey make it to semi-final riding on another Sangakkara century

Kumar Sangakkara continued his good run for Surrey
Kumar Sangakkara continued his good run for Surrey
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Surrey 313-7 (Sangakkara 121) beat
Yorkshire 289-9 (Lyth 75) by 24 runs
Quarter-Final, Royal London One-Day Cup, Leeds

Kumar Sangakkara continued his rich vein of form as he smashed another century to help Surrey secure a 24-run victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Surrey won the toss and decided to bat first. Steve Borthwick (36) and Mark Stoneman (5) and Rory Burns (1) fell early in the innings, but Sangakkara (121) and Ben Foakes (86) added a decisive 180 run stand for the fourth wicket.

Foakes' knock came at almost run-a-ball while Sangakkara kept playing strokes and smashed nine fours and four sixes during his 121-ball innings.

Surrey reached the 250-run mark in the 43rd over mark. Late contributions from Ollie Pope (37) and Sam Curran (19) ensured the visitors posted 313 for seven in the 50 overs with Azeem Rafiq (3-51) being the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers.

Adam Lyth (75) gave a head start to Yorkshire innings but his opening partner Alex Lees (9) could not contribute much. Lyth's 95-run stand for the second wicket with Jack Leaning (42) set the tone for the chase but both fell in quick succession and were reduced to 131 for three.

Despite, best efforts from Peter Handscomb (60), Garry Ballance (36) and Matthew Waite (34), Yorkshire managed only 289 for nine in the 50 overs.

Surrey will now face Worcestershire in the second semi-final in New Road on 17th June.

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