Match Zone: Surrey (A) in the NatWest t20 Blast (8 July)

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With no time at all to lick their wounds following their t20 lesson from Kent the Somerset players board Berry’s finest and head up the M5 and across the M4 to that there London to play old foes Surrey in a televised game that now holds little consequence for the visitors other than pride.

The 12-run defeat at home to Kent did not paint an accurate picture because the game was never that close and there was a huge chasm between the two sides with Somerset always second best. Cash-strapped Kent have now beaten us six times on the spin thanks largely to their obvious game plan.

Somerset go into the Surrey game in 8th place, 3 points off Hampshire who hold bottom spot but they have a game in hand. The teams above Somerset all also have games in hand.

T20 table 8th July

The Somerset squad for this game: Jim Allenby (c), Johann Myburgh, Peter Trego, Mahela Jayawardene, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Michael Leask, Alex Barrow (wk), Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Max Waller, Tim Groenewald, Paul van Meekeren, Josh Davey.

Umpires: Graham Lloyd and David Millns

The ESPN Cricinfo scorecard

Action unfolded

teamSomerset skipper Jim Allenby won the toss and elected to field first.

Surrey innings

  • Surrey were boosted by the return of Jason Roy after England duties
  • Merv opened the bowling with 3 of the first 5 balls before Finch hit the first 4 of the night.
  • Jove was also tight with just 8 more so 15-0 off 2 overs.
  • The third was different: Gregory went for 6-4-6 in his first 3 balls and 18 were plundered. 33-0 off 3
  • Davey came on got Roy caught by Merv with his 5th delivery. 35-1 with Davey 1-1 with his first
  • Jove then had some treatment from Finch with consecutive balls going 6-4-4 as the tall paceman went for 15 runs
  • The powerplay ended with Davey conceding just 9 so 59-1 off 6.
  • In the 7th Finch passed 50 and Merv was tight again with only 9 runs scored.
  • Max Waller came on and managed to snare Finch with his 1st ball, bowling him for 51. 68-1 off 6.1
  • Max and Merv reduced Surrey to singles but the last ball of the 10ths aw a mix-up between Burns and Sibley with both batsmen at one end when Leask threw to Max who threw to Baz and Burns had to go. 87-3 after 10 overs.
  • The 13th over started with Surrey 100-3 but Davey took 2 wickets to really turn the screw. First Sibley c Waller 20 and then a potential danger man Ansari also went c Overton 10. 104-5 and advantage Somerset.
  • Merv and Max kept things tight 10 from the next 2 overs and at 15 overs it was 115-5. Max finished 4-0-25-1 -excellent stuff. 
  • In the 16th Overton caught & bowled Morris for 8 and Surrey were on the rack at 120-6. After 18 Surrey were 133-6.
  • The 19th was bowled by Davey and another wicket fell. This time run out after great work from bowler and keeper Baz. Sam Curran the man to go for 18. 141-7.
  • Gregory bowled the last. He had Foakes caught by Jove off a free hit before picking up his only wicket when Foakes went c Trego b Gregory 8. It was a sparkling catch from former goalkeeper Tregs. 152-8 with on eball left.
  • Batty hit the last for 2 and the innings closed on 154-8. It was a brilliant comeback by Somerset with particular praise to Max and Davey who 8 overs went for just 45 runs.

Somerset innings

  • Mybs and Jaya started the reply but great first over from Sam Curran with only 1 run.
  • The second over was more lucrative for the visitors with 11 off Morris but then came Dernbach for the 3rd and with his 2nd ball he got Mybs brilliantly caught behind by Foakes for 10. 13-1.
  • The next few overs saw Tregs and Jaya hitting the boundary regularly with 6x4s between them and Jaya hit Somerset’s first 6 with the last ball of the 5th over off Morris. 49-1 off 5 and Somerset looked well placed.
  • Tregs hit the very next ball for four off Dernbach to bring up the 50 but inexplicably tried to slog the next one and was unceremoniously bowled. It was a terrible shot by anyone’s standards let alone someone of Tregs talent and experience. 53-2.
  • Allenby came in and hit 2x4s and a 2 in the remainder of Dernbach’s over. At the end of the powerplay Somerset were 63-2.
  • Ansari’s first over went for 8 runs and then it was the bow of the pantomime villain, Gareth Batty. Whatever you think of the Surrey skipper he is a cagey bowler but Jaya went for him first ball and was out, c Roy for 36. 71-3 and although on paper Somerset looked well placed the anxiety was creeping in with a look in experience and confidence lower  down the order. Jaya, like Trego, had not shown the experience and restraint that the situation needed. Would Somerset pay?
  • Merv and Allenby were scratching around for a few singles but spin was winning. It all looked ominous when Ansari bowled VDM with the last ball of the 9th over. Merv scored 5 and it was 80-4 and advantage Surrey.
  • The flow of runs had all but stopped with 5 and 3 in the next 2 overs. Allenby was then ran out for 22 and Somerset were 95-5. Much expected of Gregory and the incoming Barrow, who entered the frame surprisingly before the big hitters, Leask and Overton.
  • Gregory hit Morris for consecutive 4s in the 15th but at the end of that over Somerset were 114-5 with 41 runs required from 30 balls. In normal circumstances Somerset would be favourites but it all felt very flat.
  • The next four overs went for 8, 4, 6 & 4 with Gregory out on the last ball of the 19th c Tom Curran b Dernbach 31. He had tried hard but there was too much to do. End of over 19 Somerset 136-6 with 19 runs required from 6 balls.
  • Leask came in and heaved at a few but only 3 runs were scored so Somerset finished on 139-6. It was a really disappointing performance from Somerset’s batters who just didn’t show up.

Result

Surrey (2 points) beat Somerset (0) by 15 runs.

Man of the match: Aaron Finch (Surrey)

This defeat officially ended Somerset’s participation in the t20 tournament although winning four from four was never likely. The final 3 games would be dead rubbers for the cider county who do need to restore some pride in their performances.

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