Traditionally one of the major players in English cricket, Surrey put Somerset to the sword in this years CB40 final to win their first silverware for 8 years. In a rain affected tie, an exciting Surrey side hit 189 runs to win the game after batting 17.3 overs.
Rory Hamilton-Brown led the charge for Chris Adams’ side, with a match winning, and stunning knock of 78 from 62 balls, including seven fours and a six. Hoping to finally break their losing streak in recent finals, Somerset saw several big hitters in Trescothick, Kieswetter, Trego and Hildreth all out for meagre scores, and whilst young England hope, Jos Buttler attempted to redress the balance with a fine score of 86 off just 72 balls, the readjusted Duckworth-Lewis total of 186 from 30 overs left Surrey capable of soaring to victory.
Victory for the Brown Caps comes just a few days after Adams’s team secured their return to the top tier of the County Championship, following several bleak years at the wrong end of division two, and speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, captain Hamilton-Brown confirmed his joy at his side’s victory, “This feels pretty good. Winning a trophy is a very special moment and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.” Hamilton-Brown went on to confirm the obvious view from the outside, declaring that his young side had their best days ahead and could become “a force to be reckoned with.”
Image courtesy of Rory Hamilton-Brown