Hamilton-Brown keen to kick on
Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown hopes their success this season is just the tip of the iceberg following their triumph over Somerset in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final at Lord’s.
Hamilton-Brown led from the front with a rapid innings of 78 at the top of the order as his side chased a reduced target of 186 in 30 overs with 15 balls to spare after rain had forced Duckworth/Lewis into play.
The 24-year-old fell with 39 runs still needed, but Zander De Bruyn and Matthew Spriegel led them over the line to wrap up an ultimately comfortable five-wicket success as Surrey added to their LV= County Championship promotion in style.
Hamilton-Brown believes the club have been making giant strides in recent years and admitted today’s success was made all the more sweeter following their exit at the group stage of the Friends Life t20.
“The way I see it a lot of change has been made over the last three years at the club. They are changes that needed to be made and this is just a start of what I think we can achieve,” he said.
“It lets the guys know that what we are doing is right and if we keep putting in the hard work we’ve got a very successful future ahead of us.
“We’ve worked really hard. It was a bitter pill to swallow to go out of the Twenty20, which we thought we were pretty strong in.
“That was tough but it focused our minds on the other two forms of the game. We’ve had a fantastic finish.”
Hamilton-Brown thought the momentum was with his side after they booked their place in Division One of the championship alongside Middlesex.
However, he made it clear they were not prepared to rest on their laurels coming into today’s clash.
After being asked whether achieving promotion was a reason for their victory today, he said: “No. It wasn’t like that, this was a final but there’s no doubt that momentum played a part.”
“A lot of people said before the game ‘Having got promotion now, does that take the pressure off today?’ It didn’t because we hadn’t won a trophy.
“This club, this great club, is about trophies and we had a final to play and this was a huge game for everyone.”
Jade Dernbach was named man of the match after taking 4-30 to restrict Somerset to 214 all out.
The 25-year-old had taken part in England’s six-wicket NatWest Series victory over India yesterday, meaning he, along with Somerset’s Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler, had to travel overnight to London.
After playing an integral role in Surrey’s triumph today, Dernbach said: “This year has been amazing for me. Everything I could have dreamed of has come true. I want to continue to play as much cricket as I can for England – that’s my goal.
“But any time I can come back to Surrey and help us win cricket matches is also vitally important to me. This club is in my heart and I love it to bits. I want to see us do some great things in the near future.”
Hamilton-Brown paid tribute to Somerset after they suffered their fifth domestic final defeat in three years and is confident that they can bounce back.
“Tres (Marcus Trescothick) is a an incredible player and a fantastic captain," added Hamilton-Brown.
“It’s easy to look into Somerset having lost a few finals but I think you’ve got to look into the fact that they keep getting to those finals.
“In my eyes, they’re still the outstanding side in English cricket and I’m sure if they keep giving themselves chances to get to finals days, they’ll win trophies.”