Somerset v Surrey, CB40 final, Lord's September 16, 2011

Momentum favours Surrey at Lord's

Match Facts

September 16, 2011, Lord's
Start time: 11.30am (1030GMT)

The Big Picture

The thrilling conclusion to the County Championship wasn't quite the end of the domestic season. On Saturday the final piece of silverware will be contested as Somerset and Surrey go head-to-head for the Clydesdale Bank 40 trophy. It's a match that pits together the recent bridesmaids of the county game with a dynamic, youthful team that appears to have turned the corner.

Surrey have already celebrated this week after beating Derbyshire to secure Championship promotion. Under Rory Hamilton-Brown and Chris Adams they have pulled together an impressive team that suggests the dark days may be behind the county. A trophy in the cabinet would further suggest that they are a team who can rise up the domestic scene. They have reached the final playing an exciting brand of cricket led by fearless batsmen - Hamilton-Brown, Steven Davies, Jason Roy - and backed up by a powerful bowling unit that includes pace and spin.

The batting feeds off the confidence instilled in the dressing room and they back themselves to attack throughout an innings. In the semi-final against Sussex they made 228 in 24 overs. A key part of their success has been with the spinners and there can sometimes be five options available to the captain even before Pragyan Ojha, the India left-armer, is considered.

Somerset, meanwhile, continue to find that final hurdle the hardest one to cross. Runner's up three times last season they have already finished second this summer in the Twenty20. At least that means a trip to the Champions League Twenty20 in India, but that also brings some major headaches as the team have to dash out of London on Sunday evening and will arrive in Hyderabad less than 24 hours before their opening match.

However, that journey will feel so much easier if they have a victory behind them. The barrier now is psychological rather than a talent issue. Once losing in a final becomes a habit it can be hard to break.

Players to watch

Tom Maynard has excelled in his first season at Surrey after moving from Glamorgan. There is more than a hint of his dad, Matthew, in his strokeplay - especially on the leg side - and he isn't afraid to go over the top. He is one of a crop of young batsmen who play fearlessly which makes for exciting cricket whether it comes off or not. A Lord's final is a good stage to catch the eye.

He has tried everything to be fit for this match, including an oxygen chamber, and Marcus Trescothick will battle through the pain to try and secure that elusive trophy. He damaged his ankle last month and is still someway short of full fitness but is confident he can last 80 overs of cricket. His presence at the top of the order will be a huge boost for Somerset.

Team news

Barring any last-minute issues, Trescothick will resume his role at the top of the order while Somerset will have both Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler once they make a late-night dash back from Cardiff where they have been playing for England.

Somerset (possible) 1 Marcus Trescothick (capt), 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Peter Trego, 4 James Hildreth, 5 Nick Compton, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Craig Meschede, 8 Lewis Gregory, 9 Alfonso Thomas, 10 Murali Kartik, 11 Steve Kirby

Surrey have Jade Dernbach available and plenty of options to chose from. Yasir Arafat is set to be the overseas player ahead of Ojha, while Mark Ramprakash hasn't been part of the one-day side.

Surrey (possible) 1 Rory Hamilton-Brown, 2 Steven Davies (wk), 3 Jason Roy, 4 Tom Maynard, 5 Zander de Bruyn, 6 Chris Schofield, 7 Matthew Spriegel, 8 Gareth Batty, 9 Yasir Arafat, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Tim Linley

Pitch and conditions

Lessons have been learnt after staging last year's final under floodlights and it's a late-morning start which means the chilly evening will be avoided. That should also mean no undue advantage with the toss and the forecast is also pretty good although there could be the odd shower.

Stats and trivia

  • Surrey last reached a Lord's final in 2001 when they beat Gloucestershire by 47 runs with Ben Hollioake Man of the Match

  • All Surrey's likely top order, apart from Zander de Bruyn, have scored at over a run-a-ball in this season's CB40

  • Somerset's last trophy came in the 2005 Twenty20 Cup


"It's never nice coming second as we know. We've done it a few times in the last couple of years. Hopefully the boys can use that inspiration to overcome it."
Marcus Trescothick hopes to go one better

"I'd like to think we are underdogs to be honest. Somerset have had a lot of success over the past couple of years in one-day cricket. Within our dressing-room we think we are good enough to win."
Rory Hamilton-Brown plays down Surrey's chances. Sort of.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on September 17, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I'm hoping for a Somerset win - for once - but I have a bad gut feeling. I'm not sure if Tres plays and if he does play , how much his injury will restrict him physically/mentally. Also thought it was crazy scheduling having an ODI less that 24 hrs before the only ltd overs final of the season and I obviously hope Kieswetter and Buttler aren't affected. Also re the projected teamsheet , I'm really surprised Suppiah is not there. Suppiah can obviously bat a bit and his bowling in the ltd overs formats has been invaluable. I'm not even sure if Gregory - who I rate as a bowler - can bowl. All I know is that I always get over heated when watching Somerset play in a final. I don't know why I put myself through it

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    my prediction surrey will win this match

  • William on September 16, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    I don't know if Mr McGlashan has watched Surrey's cb40 games this year, but personally I think it's unlikely that Zafar Ansari, hitherto a regular, will be dropped for an extra seamer in Linley, who has been inconsistent in the few one-day games he has played to say the least. Spin has worked so far and with the quality of Dernbach and Arafat we shouldn't need any more seamers, even at Lord's. COME ON Surrey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Akshay on September 16, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    i go for somerset this time as kieswetter 'll also be back..they are a better all-round side..surrey is too dependent on jason roy and davies to give them good starts..and Time now for somerset to shrug away the chokers tag..I guess they 'll go on to win this one..

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    I think somerset has edge by having kieswetter on their side... he is a true class act. If he fires no one can stop somerset.

  • Mark on September 16, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    There's no way Surrey are underdogs, Somerset cannot be favoured by anyone who has followed county cricket recently. Having said that I think they can do it and I am very proud of the lads, they truly deserve a title. Nobody would begrudge Tres a title and I speak for all the fans when I say we are 100% behind you boys! We would love to see you win this! We need this win more than Surrey do!

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Ability-wise Somerset. Mentality Surrey, especially havig gained promotion they should feel on top of their game. I've supported Somerset through thick and thin and really hope 'this time' they can do it! Whatever happens though, i'm happy we are a better side than i have ever seen. For me the result is a simple equation: Trescothick plays and scores runs Somerset win. Trescothick either doesn't play, or doesn't score runs and Surrey will win. A real mystery that such a telented team relies so heavily on the form of one great player! (fingers crossed!!!!)

  • ian on September 16, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    The brave selection for Surrey would be Ojha ahead of Arafat, even is his fielding is suspect and his batting non-existent, he is a clear match winner. The September final of the limited overs' competition used to be a showcase for surprise picks for the winter tour(s). There are a few on show in this match: I can see Maynard being given serious consideration, for one.

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