With the Vikings falling from 141 for 3 to 210 for 9, Duke, who was chasing 242 and nearly missed a well-deserved century with 93 not out off 132 balls, watched wickets tumble at the other end.
With the aid of new-ball seamer Leech, who finished the game 18 unbeaten and scored the game-winning boundary off Ryan Patel’s medium pace with nine balls left, the wicketkeeper-batter was able to maintain his composure.
Leg-spinning all-arounder Cameron Steel scored 3 of Surrey’s 49 total points to support the collapse of Yorkshire. Given that they were also nil for two after being introduced, Surrey worked really hard to construct a magnificent finish, first with the bat and subsequently the ball.
Due to injury and a lack of available players, Surrey could only field two frontline seamers in At Clifton Park, Conor McKerr and Luke Griffiths added two more spinners. Ben Geddes helped Surrey, batting first, to 241 all out in 48 overs with an outstanding List A career-best 92 off 90 balls.
In front of 3,000 spectators, Yorkshire scored twice in the second over of a game at Clifton Park, giving Ben Mike a career-high 4 for 40 from 7.5 overs. In his first over, Leech struck twice with the new ball, trapping Rory Burns on a drive at second slip and Surrey’s opener Patel at point off a leading edge.
When Surrey reached 79 for five in the 21st over, Matthew Revis struck with his first delivery and caught shaky opener Dom Sibley. midway off the top edge for thirty. Before being caught lbw by George Hill, Ben Foakes sought medical attention for a twisted ankle, although he later declined to don the wicketkeeping gloves.
Fortunately for Surrey, Geddes, another Ben, guided their successful recovery. Geddes, 22, and Josh Blake, who hit 25 and handled wicketkeeping duties, shared 45 runs for the sixth wicket.
Three spinners made up Surrey’s bowling lineup, including Virdi. At one point, McKerr even momentarily left the pitch to attend to a hand injury. Duke scored a busy half-century, which took 59 balls to complete, to keep Yorkshire ahead.