Somerset v Surrey, CB40 final, Lord's September 17, 2011

Hamilton-Brown sets up Surrey triumph


Surrey 189 for 5 (Hamilton-Brown 78) beat Somerset 215 (Buttler 86, Dernbach 4-30) by five wickets (D/L method)

Rory Hamilton-Brown played a captain's innings as Surrey signed off a successful season with silverware at Lord's by claiming the Clydesdale Bank 40. In a season so blighted by the weather it was somewhat fitting that rain played a part with Surrey's target reduced to 186 off 30 overs and they won with 15 balls to spare to leave Somerset as bridesmaids for the fifth time in two seasons.

Surrey were equal with the Duckworth-Lewis target when rain arrived after 5.5 overs despite losing Jason Roy the ball before they went off. They resumed for another seven balls before the rain returned and from there on Surrey were always ahead of the game. When play resumed Somerset removed Tom Maynard to give them some hope, but Hamilton-Brown remained calm with 78 off 62 balls. Crucially, Hamilton-Brown had been dropped off the third ball of the innings when he pulled to midwicket but Murali Kartik spilled the chance. Defending 214, as they were at that point, Somerset had to take every chance.

Then, as the innings approach the 20-over cut-off, which guaranteed a result before the reserve day, Nick Compton missed a chance to run out the Surrey captain although even then Somerset would have remained behind. Chris Schofield played an important hand in a 58-run stand until he fell to Alfonso Thomas and when Hamilton-Brown was run out by a direct hit from Jos Buttler there was a hint of pressure.

The running became frenetic but Somerset missed three opportunities to hit the stumps and the constant head-in-hands summed up their day as Zander de Bruyn, whose experience is vital in a young Surrey team, and Matthew Spriegel, one of the key players in the one-day side, finished the job. It meant Surrey had secured their first trophy since the 2003 Twenty20 Cup and first victory in a Lord's final since 2001. The hard work of the last couple of seasons at The Oval is starting to bring rewards.

Somerset, on the other hand, will continue to wonder what they have to do to break their trophy drought, although on this occasion the answer is fairly simple as they slumped to 79 for 5 having chosen to bat first. That they got as far as 214 was down to Buttler who produced a mature 86 off 72 balls to enhance an already formidable reputation. On what was another good day for young, English talent - following last night's performance from Jonny Bairstow in the one-day international - Jade Dernbach bagged 4 for 30. Given that he and Buttler (along with Craig Kieswetter) made a late-night dash back from Cardiff they were commendable efforts.

Somerset's innings was a story of wasted starts as five batsmen fell between 10 and 16. Having been forced to field first, not their preferred method, Surrey stuck to their plan of opening with spin as Spriegel bowled the first over. Marcus Trescothick, playing with an injured ankle, managed a couple of boundaries but then ran past a delivery and was comfortably stumped. Somerset's talisman was gone.

Kieswetter, meanwhile, never looked settled during his 23-ball stay which ended with a big top edge and the short ball worked again when Peter Trego top-edged a flick to long leg and the power-hitting top order had been dispatched. James Hildreth played all over a delivery from Schofield as the spinners continued to play a key role, then Compton's missed reverse sweep and Craig Meschede's leading edge left Somerset 146 for 7.

Buttler, though, was outstanding as he pushed his case for a spot on the one-day tour to India. His fifty came off 48 balls and as the innings drew to a close - and the batting Powerplay was taken - he started to expand his strokeplay as he uppercut Dernbach over third man for the first six of the innings. Somerset, however, needed more than one innings of substance. On Sunday night they board a plane for Hyderabad and the Champions League, but the domestic season ends with a host of familiar questions being asked.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Simon on September 20, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    I agree, to say there was any 'inevitability' the final misses out entirely our sublime to rediculous form, we are anything but predictable. RHB getting caught on 0 and just one of our top 5 batsman making a score (something you'd nearly bet your house on), and it would have been VERY close. Re our overseas, In T20s I think they've their mind made up on either KP or Van Der Merwe, I like both. But for the CC, sorry to be un original, if Dockrell and Waller aren't quite there for 4 dayers yet, it has to be a genuine attacking spinner to replicate Kartik of 2010. As I also think Barrow or Jones might displace Suppiah (and his occasional SLA). Talking of poaching, Briggs anyone? Seriously thou, that young Indian leftie in the ODI's looked very good. Our batting shouldn't need any bolstering once Rose and Hurry fire a rocket up their......for Saturdays performance.

  • John on September 19, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Maximum6 - Disagree that no other side were ever going to win. In the T20 , The group winners Notts and Hants fell in the QF's and SF's respectively and last year when Hants won it they only scraped through to the QF's from the group stages.

    Juiceoftheapple - I agree with pretty much all your comments. Re Surrey , they certainly did go through a period of player poaching but that was several years ago. De Bruin was a guy who I think we might have done well to hold onto but at the end of the day Somerset (except Jos) batted poorly and I think I feel better because Surrey deserved the whole tournament and not just to win the match. I'm just wondering if Somerset might go for different overseas players. How about Dan Vetori?

  • Simon on September 19, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Yes Stuart is was a cheap shot. The better team did win. Pollard I agree is overrated, but for his bowling. Tresco seems compelled to bowl him, even though almost guaranteed he goes for 40!! in T20's. It will be an interesting season next year after this 5th (or 6th) failure in 3 years. I hope they stay positive and I'd rather they address the faults for the future than begin recriminations.

  • Michael on September 18, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Well done brilliant and beautiful Surrey. No side were ever going to win that one except surrey after the preliminary round of 10 straight wins and one lost to rain. audacious inventive and charismatic you were and dared to challenge all the accepted canons of one day cricket, with five spinners and all out attack. it was great to see Rory H-B take the lead in the batting, and the joy on the faces of the players and staff at the end. Long may it continue! As for Somerset- gumption is a word that springs to mind, or the lack of it if one thinks of 2010 championship loss.

  • John on September 18, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    PS - Re Buttler. I have been going on other chatboards saying that this guy is a better limited overs/T20 player than Kieswetter. The guy seems more able to get off the mark , picking up singles etc til he gets going and is therefore less prone to getting bogged down. He also has a better variety of shots and when I've seen him keep wicket he seems very adept in that dept too. I just wonder about Murali Kartik in the limited overs format. On his day he can be marvellous with the ball but then again there are also days when he's very expensive/ineffective. Add to the fact that he is ageing , can't bat and aint great in the field and I wonder if they could replace him? Maybe thinking along the lines of Afridi who seems to be able to perform on any sort of wicket as he relies more on subtle variations etc. And the guy can be dangerous with the bat. Also I wonder if Pollard is a little overrated. I wonder id AB De Villiers might be tempted into ciderland?

  • John on September 18, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    A good headline might have been 1 Buttles , 10 bottlers. Absolutely gutted. Trying to look for reasons why Somerset failed yet again. Maybe playing an extra spinner might have helped. Maybe bowling first when Kartik esp might have got more grip might have helped. Kartik taking RHB in the 1st over would definitely have helped. At the end of the day though our batting let us down.I thought Tres looked amateurish in the way he got out. The frustrating thing was that Trego and Compton lost their wickets when they were playing really well. Had Buttler had support from a proper batsman who could have kept the board ticking over it may have been different. Thomas and MK had too many dot balls. By the way Juiceoftheapple I agree with most of your comments. Just not the one which implies about Somerset's inability on other grounds. In the T20 they beat Notts away and favourites Hants in the semi final. I'm not sure what it is - they just seem to clam up at the final hurdle

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    while its easy to see that juiceoftheapple is disappointed, his petty comments about surrey 'poaching' players reeks of sour grapes. its not like somerset produced kirby or compton. they were well, well beaten on the day by a better, hungrier & younger side. this is only the beginning for this surrey team, and they have now learnt how to win, which will serve them well for the future. more hard work is required, but this young side can go on to do great things, in the mould of the side of the 50's or under Adam Hollioake

  • Simon on September 18, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    And another thing. Buttler is awesome. He's got this amazing knack of being able to set himself for a pre meditated shot, but can then change his mind in a fraction of a second and play a totally different shot according to how the delivery shapes up, and scarily even manages to disect the field! Add to this his clean hitting and well.....Something Kies could really learn! As for Tresco, got to say, I love the way he plays cricket with a smile on his face, and whilst there was dissappointment on the train last night, the mood was still upbeat, even some singing. We're very privilaged to be watching these games and its a lot of fun. But, I for one want to see us lift a trophy - more than anything now - for Tresco - so he can lift it as our captain as thanks for all the pleasure he's given West Country cricket fans. Trescothicks cider army to the end! As for Kies, I think he should drop the pinch hitter thing and play more correctly, which like Hildreth & Compton is their stength.

  • Humair on September 17, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Fantastic performance by this relatively young surrey side.

  • Simon on September 17, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Willow is slowly winding down, Trego is barely bowling, Kartik could be on his way, Tres is 35, Hussain must lack control (or something), Hildreth, Kies, Compo and Arul seem to not be able to learn from their mistakes and appear incapable of playing low risk cricket shots when the situation demands they should. Scoring at Taunton is too easy for us and we suffer on bigger pitches. But no one including me wants us to go out and try and poach any other players from other counties like Surrey have done. We've got six or seven lads about 20 years old and when they become first team regulars, there is no way in the world we can expect them to match the feats of the hugely experienced squad of 2010. As such I think we're on the slide for a few years, and I think we need to face up to this and accept it in the hope our youngsters eventually flourish. Plus I'd rather we had specialists rather than allrounders filling our ranks in the 40 over format.

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