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by Tom Moore, at the Kia Oval
Friday, May 4, 2012
Surrey (295-6) beat Somerset (190) by 105 runs
Rory Hamilton-Brown struck a magnificent century as Surrey crushed Somerset by 105 runs in a repeat of last year’s Lord’s final.
The Lions captain and his opening partner Steven Davies put on 163 for the first wicket, with the wicketkeeper scoring 72 as the home side scored 295-6 off their 40 overs.
The visitors challenge never started and they were bowled out for 190 with Stuart Meaker taking 3-24.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl first with overcast conditions and they must have regretted that decision after the first 20 overs.
Hamilton-Brown was off the mark off Peter Trego’s first ball guiding the ball to fine leg for four.
Davies avoided a duck by guiding his first ball away for a single and then hit a boundary as the Lions picked up 12 runs off the opening over.
Jamie Overton took the new ball and overstepped from his third ball.
From the free hit Hamilton-Brown attempted to hit the ball to Lord’s but skied his shot straight to cover.
Surrey continued to make a good start and reached 50 without loss in the ninth over.
And the opening pair brought up the hundred in the 16th over and it became a race to a half century for Hamilton-Brown and Davies.
It was the former who won the race bringing up his 50 from 53 balls for his eight domestic one-day half-century.
Davies reached his 50 off 45 balls in the 19th over as the home side looked set for a sizeable total.
Surrey lost their first wicket with Davies departing for 72, moving across to a Trego delivery and having his middle stump dented (163-1).
But Hamilton-Brown moved serenely on his way, pulling a four off Trego and hitting a single to move to 99.
It took him two balls to knock the ball into the leg side to take him to three figures for the second time in one-day cricket.
But he only scored one more run before skying the ball down to long off where he was caught by Arul Suppiah off the bowling of Craig Meschede (181-2).
Number three batsman Jason Roy (12) was next to depart and he will not be a popular man after he was adjudged LBW off Max Waller after missing a reverse sweep (193-3)
The quick loss of wickets led to Zander De Bruyne and Tom Maynard coming to the crease and the 200 was brought up in the 29th over.
Ireland spinner George Dockrell was being taken apart by the Surrey batsmen, with his eight overs costing 62 runs.
But as the innings entered the last five overs Surrey lost momentum as wickets tumbled, Maynard (28) skied the ball to Waller off the bowling of Lewis Gregory (256-4).
And De Bruyne followed soon after as De Bruyn (34) departed for 34, bowled by Meschede (262-5).
Despite hitting Gregory for two successive fours Zafar Ansari (10) edged behind to Craig Kieswetter. (281-6).
With some brief hitting by Gareth Batty (11*) and Matthew Spriegel (11*) Surrey closed on 295-6 meaning Somerset must score in excess of seven an over to win.
Somerset opener Nick Compton picked up a single first ball of the west country side’s reply.
Craig Kieswetter survived a leg before shout from his first ball from Jade Dernbach but avoided the duck by hitting his fourth ball to deep square leg for one.
But he failed to add to his score as he played all around Stuart Meaker’s quick ball to see his furnitutre re-arranged (4-1).
Peter Trego came in at number three and scratched around as was out for seven as Jon Lewis took a brilliant caught and bowled chance (28-2).
James Hildreth nearly ran himself out but had returned to his crease just in time and the Somerset pair added two runs as they looked to try and up the run rate.
Gareth Batty was introduced into the attack and he claimed the wicket of Hildreth (21), stumped by Davies (76-3).
Amidst the chaos Nick Compton moved to 50 off 48 balls and it was imperative he remained in for Somerset to have a chance.
But he fell for 53 as Ansari brilliantly caught the batsman off his own bowling to leave the west country side in trouble (113-4).
Suppiah came and went chopping onto his stumps off Ansari for two (119-5). The ball was comfortably outside off stump and the away camp will not be happy with the shot played.
Jos Butler (29) departed in the next over, top edging a reverse sweep to Davies off the bowling of Batty (119-6) and Surrey were on course to a comfortable win.
Meschede hit a glorious six over deep extra cover but was bowled by Batty the very next ball for 20 as he tried to repeat the trick (150-7).
Gregory was then dropped by De Bruyn of a slog reverse sweep off the bowling of Ansari for Surrey’s first mistake in the field this innings.
Waller then hit a superb four to achieve his best one-day score but he tried a reverse sweep and was bowled by Ansari for 11 (171-8).
Gregory was the penultimate man to depart edging behind off Stuart Meaker (175-9).
Despite some poor bowling from Meaker and Dernbach it was all over when Meaker bowled Dockrell for two (190ao).