Hamilton-Brown aids first win
Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown hit 92 to set up his first triumph as Surrey skipper, a thrilling two-wicket victory over Lancashire with one ball to spare in their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A opener at Whitgift School.
Lancashire had set Surrey a formidable target when Stephen Moore, playing in his first one-day game since joining from Worcestershire, led them to 290 for six with 118 off 96 balls.
Hamilton-Brown, who had never reached 50 in his 37 previous one-day games, responded by sharing a rousing opening partnership of 133 inside 15 overs with Steven Davies.
Davies had made 59 off 43 balls, with three sixes and seven fours, when he played on heaving at Tom Smith, but Hamilton-Brown kept Surrey on course thanks to a second-wicket stand of 49 with Usman Afzaal.
However, when Hamilton-Brown was caught at wide long-off trying to hit the ball out of the ground for a fourth time Surrey began to lose their way.
Afzaal was bowled for 43 attempting to run Sajid Mahmoud to third man and Mark Ramprakash was caught low down at gully for 21 off Kyle Hogg, who also removed Matthew Spriegel for 23.
A brief stoppage for rain, which saw the target reduced to 283 from 39 overs, added to the tension and Surrey reached the final over still needing five to win.
Stewart Walters and Andre Nel scrambled three singles, Nel was run out trying to steal another to the wicketkeeper and in fading light Iftikhar Anjum edged the penultimate ball from Mahmood for four to bring Hamilton-Brown leaping down the pavilion steps punching the air.
Surrey put Lancashire in and were rewarded when Nel had Paul Horton brilliantly caught at gully by Spriegel in his first over, but Moore and Tom Smith were soon taking advantage of the short boundaries.
Smith helped Moore put on 63 for the second wicket before Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft joined Moore in successive stands of 89 in 15 overs and 87 in 11 overs.
Moore, who struck 14 fours, perished when he tried to hit Iftikhar for his fourth sixth and was caught in front of the sightscreen by Spriegel.
Prince contributed 48 off 46 balls, Croft 44 off 43 and Mark Chilton provided a sting in the tail by hitting three sixes and a four off the penultimate over from Stuart Meaker to lift Lancashire to their highest score against Surrey in 50-over cricket.