Surrey roar to CB40 glory
Rory Hamilton-Brown and Jade Dernbach helped Surrey cap a magnificent week in style as they beat Somerset by five wickets to lift the Clydesdale Bank 40 trophy in a rain-reduced final at Lord’s.
Hamilton-Brown’s men had achieved promotion to Division One in the LV= County Championship earlier this week and victory today gives them a season to remember.
Dernbach became the highest wicket-taker in the CB40 this year with 4-30 as Somerset were all out for 214, but all six Surrey bowlers contributed with at least one scalp.
The Lions were set a revised target of 186 in 30 overs to win after rain interrupted their chase and stopped play for nearly two hours.
Hamilton-Brown underpinned a successful pursuit, the 24-year-old taking full advantage of being dropped on nought to register a breezy 78.
He was run out with 39 still needed, but Zander de Bruyn and Matthew Spriegel survived a few nervy moments to lead Surrey home with 15 balls to spare.
Somerset did well to ensure the clash was on a knife edge until the closing stages after they collapsed to 79 for five having won the toss, but the defeat gives them the unwanted record of five domestic final losses in three years.
Jos Buttler, who, along with Craig Kieswetter and Surrey’s Dernbach, travelled from Cardiff last night following six-wicket win over India at the SWALEC Stadium yesterday, deserves great credit for his 86 from 72 deliveries.
He was coolness personified after Somerset’s top order, which boasted the return of captain Marcus Trescothick from an ankle injury, had flattered to deceive.
Trescothick looked shaky early on and he was stumped by Steven Davies off Matthew Spriegel after charging down the pitch, trying to work the ball into the leg side.
Kieswetter perished when a top-edged pull off Yasir Arafat was well caught by Davies after the ball had hung in the air for what seemed an eternity.
Peter Trego was on his way shortly after bringing up Somerset’s 50 when he could only top-edge Dernbach to Zafar Ansari at fine-leg.
Somerset were well and truly on the ropes when James Hildreth was bowled off a beautifully-flighted delivery from Chris Schofield, and Arul Suppiah was trapped in front on the sweep off Gareth Batty.
Much hinged on Nick Compton and Buttler putting together a formidable partnership and the latter settled into his stride with a thick cut for four down to third man for Somerset’s first boundary in eight overs.
The pair took Somerset into three figures and some excellent manoeuvring of the ball allowed them to increase the run-rate, but Compton was then bowled by Ansari for 26 when he bottom-edged a reverse sweep onto his stumps, and Craig Meschede offered a simple return catch to Batty.
In spite of the carnage, Buttler was able to keep the scoring rate ticking at around five an over and he moved past 50 with back-to-back fours on the off side off Arafat.
But Dernbach's return to the attack boosted Surrey and Alfonso Thomas could only glove a back-of-a-length delivery to Davies before Murali Kartik was bowled by a full toss.
In-between the wickets, Buttler had carved the England seamer over third man for Somerset’s first six to take his side beyond 200.
He picked up another maximum in the 39th over when he blasted Arafat over midwicket – although the 21-year-old was fortunate that Spriegel could not get more than an outstretched hand to it.
The travelling contingent of Somerset fans were in full voice, even cheering last man Steve Kirby blocking, but their joy was short-lived as Buttler finally succumbed to a slower ball yorker from Dernbach.
Hamilton-Brown received a lifeline when he was dropped by Kartik at short midwicket off the third ball of Surrey’s reply, although the India international made amends when he held on to dismiss Davies off Kirby, who then had Jason Roy caught behind, much to the explosive batsman’s chagrin.
The heavens duly opened to delay play for nearly two hours and bring Duckworth-Lewis into play.
Upon the resumption, Hamilton-Brown saw an outside edge off Meschede spoon over wicketkeeper Kieswetter and, although Tom Maynard had taken two fours in three balls off Kartik, a nick from the Welshman off Suppiah was pouched by Kieswetter.
Hamilton-Brown, taking full advantage of his reprieve, crunched the expensive Kartik through the covers for four and the opener moved to his fifty with a single to long-on off Suppiah.
Like Buttler before him, Hamilton-Brown was doing a superb job of anchoring the innings, yet he brought up a half-century partnership with Schofield in fortuitous circumstances.
His lofted drive off Kartik was caught at long-off by Compton, who then fell over the boundary rope. Schofield was not so lucky and he departed for 26 after clipping Thomas to Trescothick at short midwicket.
Just as it looked like Hamilton-Brown might triumphantly lead his side to victory, he was run out at the non-striker’s end after De Bruyn had turned down his call for a quick single.
The former Somerset batsman had struck the ball hard to Buttler at mid-on and his direct throw found Hamilton-Brown well short of his crease.
That gave Somerset renewed vigour but, although De Bruyn and Spriegel offered plenty of run-out opportunities, Trescothick’s side could not hit the stumps again.
It was to prove their downfall as Spriegel hit back-to-back fours off Kirby through the off side in the 28th over to wrap up victory.