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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Stoneman can be Surrey's rock in 50-over cup playoff

Hosts Yorkshire favourites to progress to semi-finals

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman has made fifties in all three away games
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Yorkshire v Surrey
Sky Sports 2, 2pm
The new format of the 50-over One-Day Cup sees two playoff matches to decide who takes on group winners Essex and Worcestershire in the semi-finals.

Surrey, runners-up in 2015 and 2016, face a tricky trip to Yorkshire, who won six of their eight North Group matches and are 4-5 favourites at Headingley.

They were helped by the availability of their England contingent as Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid played five games and Liam Plunkett and David Willey each made four appearances.

Those five are on Champions Trophy duty but Yorkshire should welcome back key all-rounder Tim Bresnan and their batting has been built around skipper Gary Ballance (447 runs in eight innings) and Australia Test player Peter Handscomb (444 runs).

Surrey’s group campaign was less impressive – they won only four of their seven completed matches and needed several rescue acts from wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who passed 50 in four of his five innings and is 7-1 to top-score against Yorkshire.

The south Londoners will be hoping for a more solid foundation from their top order in Leeds and Mark Stoneman could have a key role to play after scores of 56, 74 and 60 in Surrey’s three South Group away matches.

The opener moved down from Durham in the close season, so seamer-friendly conditions at Headingley shouldn’t unnerve him, and he made 197 against Essex in the County Championship game at Guildford which ended on Monday.

M Stoneman top Surrey runscorer
1pt 10-3 general

Somerset v Nottinghamshire
11am Tuesday
Somerset lost to Yorkshire by three runs in a Championship classic this week but they can pick themselves up for their home playoff against Nottinghamshire.

They had a couple of brilliant group wins at Taunton, chasing 291 to beat Surrey (having been 22-5) and 353 to beat Kent, and their batting line-up looks better suited to the 50-over format.

Notts are a solid side but a couple of their North Group wins were inspired by Alex Hales, absent on England duty, and they have a patchy recent record in knockout games.

2pts 6-5 general

Mark Stoneman could have a key role to play after scores of 56, 74 and 60 in Surrey’s three South Group away matches
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