Somerset travelled to London for the first of two games in three days against old foe Surrey. This Royal London One Day Cup day/night game at the Kia Oval would be followed by a 20-over encounter at Taunton on the Friday evening, two days later.
Somerset were buoyed by victories against Surrey in the Championship and the televised thriller against local rivals Gloucestershire in the 50-over tournament. They announced a 13-man squad for the game in London:
SQUAD: Hose, Allenby (c), Myburgh, Trego, Hildreth, Abell, van der Merwe, Barrow (wk), C Overton, Groenewald, Waller, Leach, Leask
There was no place for one of the all-round heroes against the Bristolians with Jamie left out as part of Matt Maynard’s rotation policy.
Umpires – M Burns and NGC Cowley
Match scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here
Somerset opted against including Leach & Leask so the final XI was:
Hose, Allenby (c), Myburgh, Trego, Hildreth, Abell, van der Merwe, Barrow (wk), C Overton, Groenewald, Waller
Surrey won the toss and have elected to bat first.
- Surrey openers Roy & Davies started steadily and after 4 overs they were 18-0, but it started spitting with rain. Afetr 7 overs the score was 33-0 but Davies became the first wicket of the day when he was bowled Allenby 6.
- After 11 overs the players were off the field with the skies looking very threatening and Surrey 53-1 with Jason Roy 31*.
- There were pitch inspections at 5pm and 6pm but play eventually resumed at 7pm and was now a 24-over game so Surrey had 13 overs left in their innings.
- Roy went on the attack and smashed 2x4s in the 12th over off Trego but he would be out with the last of the 13th bowled by Groenewald for 46. Surrey 72-2 off 13.
- Just two balls later Sangakkara was out after great thinking by van der Merwe who deflected a drive onto the stumps to run him out backing up. 73-3 off 13.2.
- Surrey reached three figures in the 18th and finished the over 106-3. But two wickets in two balls swung the game back to Somerset. First Wilson was c Hose b Trego 13 then Tom Curran was run out without scoring. 106-5 now. Burns finished the over with back-to-back fours off Trego to show some intent.
- After 20 overs Surrey had moved to 125-5 but there was another wicket in the 21st when Ansari was caught at long-off by van der Merwe off Groenewald for 8. 131-6 off 20.5.
- Burns got to his 50 in the 24th and final over, one where Matt Pillans struck consecutive sixes off Trego. The innings closed 163-6 with burns 51* and PIllans 17*.
- Groener’s 2-35 the pick of the Somerset bowling.
The people at Duckworth / Lewis decided that Somerset required 180 to win from 24 overs. Game on.
- Sibley bowled 2 wides in the first over to Johan Myburgh but Allenby hit Tom Curran for two fours to start the second and Somerset were away.
- The 5th over went for 16 runs and Mybs hit the first maximum off Sam Curran and the away team were looking good at 44-0 needing 136 more off 19.
- It was good stuff from these two and Somerset progressed to 84-0 after 10 overs, so 96 runs were required from 14 overs. Allenby went to his 50 in the 11th over when he hit Sibley for a big six, his second of the evening.
- Myburgh also got a half century in the 15th over and with the first ball of the 16th he hit Ansari for his third six of the night. Somerset were 126-0 needing 54 runs required from 48 balls so this was the away teams game to lose
- It was an interesting 18th over, one that went for 22 runs. Mybs hit Meaker for four before Allenby did the same off a no-ball. With the free hit Allenby danced down the track and put the ball into the crowd bringing up Somerset’s 150 at the same time. The over ended 155-0
- But the skipper was out first ball next over caught Burns bowled Tom Curran for 71. It was a great knock lasting 56 balls including 6×4 & 3×6. 155-1.
- 13 balls later and Myburgh was gone too when he was caught Meaker bowled Sam Curran for 76. This took 59 balls including 8×4 & 3×6 and Somerset werer 161-2 off 20.2 needing 19 runs from 22 balls.
- Somerset needed 13 to win from 2 overs at 167-2. Hildreth wased Somerset nerves when he walloped Curran over mid-wicket for six! 5 to win from 9 balls now.
- It was all over 5 balls later and Somerset won by 8 wickets (D/L Method) with Trego 11* and Hildreth 10*
Somerset beat Surrey by 8 wickets (D/L Method)
Captain Allenby was named Man of the Match for his 71 and 1-22.
Batting hero Johan Myburgh told the official club site: “I enjoy batting at the top of the order in white ball cricket so I am glad to get that opportunity. It’s always nice to get runs when the chance comes along. I am enjoying my cricket and hitting the ball quite nicely at the moment.”
And it is always nice beating Surrey!