An extraordinary onslaught by Will Smith propelled Durham Dynamos to a 133-run win in their final Yorkshire Bank 40 match and ended a miserable five days for Surrey at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Beaten by an innings and 144 runs in the LV= County Championship, Surrey fielded a young side and would have been happy to see Durham struggling on 112 for five in the 23rd over.
But Smith’s unbeaten 120 took them to 275 for five in partnership with Gordon Muchall, with the former captain reaching 50 off 52 balls, 100 off 73 and facing 79 in total.
He thrashed five sixes and 10 fours, most of the boundaries coming as he and Muchall took 101 off the last seven overs in this Group B game.
Smith’s only previous one-day century was 103 in a 50-over match at home to Worcestershire Royals in 2007 and he has not been a limited-overs regular in recent years.
Neither side could qualify for the semi-finals, with Durham’s chances ending on the pitch at Derby that has subsequently resulted in a two-point penalty.
Among Surrey’s youngsters was George Edwards, who looked lively with the new ball, having Phil Mustard caught at second slip for a duck. Tom Curran, son of the late Kevin Curran, also impressed, bowling Ben Stokes for six.
But when Edwards returned during the batting powerplay he conceded 18 off the 36th over, and the experienced duo of Tim Linley and Zander de Bruyn also came under heavy fire.
It was all the more remarkable because Durham’s innings had stagnated after acting captain Mark Stoneman opened up with 31 off 25 balls.
The only boundary between the 17th and 30th overs resulted from a misfield at deep midwicket.
Left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari conceded only 16 in his first five overs, but 20 came off his next two as the floodgates opened.
Muchall matched Smith in reaching 50 off 52 balls, but was content to let his partner have the strike in the last few overs and remained unbeaten on 52.
Ansari and 17-year-old Dominic Sibley tried to hold the Surrey innings together after veterans Vikram Solanki and de Bruyn surrendered tamely to Scott Borthwick.
Sibley made 37 before chipping Gareth Breese to wide mid-on and Ansari scored 33 before driving Breese to long-off as Surrey subsided for 142 in 30.5 overs.