KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown inspired his side to victory in the CB40 Final at Lord’s as Surrey overcame Somerset in a rain affected match.
Hamilton-Brown hit 78 as they successfully chased down their revised total of 186 from 30 overs after rain had disrupted their reply.
Jos Buttler’s brilliant 86 had earlier rescued Somerset from 79-5 to end all out for 214 in the final over - with man of the match Jade Dernbach claiming 4-30.
Somerset had to settle for yet another runners up medal after losing their second consecutive CB40 Final and fifth major domestic final in three years.
Surrey complete a superb summer though, with the CB40 title coming just four days after they secured promotion to the LV County Championship first division.
Somerset got off to a poor start as both Marcus Trescothick, visibly struggling with his ongoing ankle problem, and Craig Kieswetter fell cheaply inside the first ten overs, before Surrey turned the screw further.
Peter Trego was caught at fine leg off Jade Dernbach before Chris Schofield clean bowled James Hildreth to leave them reeling on 66-4.
When Arul Suppiah departed soon after this a competitive total looked unlikely but Nick Compton and Jos Buttler began to rebuild with a 45-run partnership.
Compton was then bowled by 19-year-old MCC Universities all-rounder Zafar Ansari but despite the wicket and a lack of support from the other end Buttler continued unperturbed, cruising past 50.
His late onslaught, which included seven fours and two sixes, propelled Somerset to 214 as he was the last man out in the final over for 86.
In reply Surrey lost the early wickets of Steve Davies (8) and Jason Roy (11) as Steve Kirby struck twice in his opening spell
Murali Kartik crucially failed to hang onto a fairly straightforward catch in the first over though as Hamilton-Brown was dropped at short mid wicket.
Rain came early though and when the weather cleared, Duckworth/Lewis came into play and revised Surrey’s target meaning they required 140 runs in 23 overs.
Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard took Surrey past the fifty mark with their 42 run partnership but Suppiah then struck forcing Maynard to edge behind as Surrey stuttered on 77-3.
This wicket clawed Somerset back into the match but Hamilton-Brown soon passed his 50 in 43 deliveries and looked set on leading his team to the finish line.
Chris Schofield played a breezy, run-a-ball innings to take the pressure off his captain and retain Surrey's position of dominance.
The pair pressed on and with ten overs remaining needed 56 runs to win, still with seven wickets in hand.
However just when the result looked a formality Alfonso Thomas returned and Schofield, looking for another boundary, tamely chipped a simple catch to Trescothick at midwicket.
The tension was increased further soon after when Hamilton-Brown was run out for 78 after a fantastic direct hit from Buttler leaving Surrey needing 39 from 46 balls.
Surrey’s desperation was there for all to see as they continued to scamper between the wickets with a number of close calls.
Yet as the target crept nearer their heads cooled with Zander De Bruyn and Matthew Spriegel finding key boundaries to take Surrey to the brink of victory.
With only six needed from the final three overs Surrey cruised home with Spriegel hitting the winning runs and sealing the CB40 trophy with 15 balls to spare.