Somerset v Surrey, Royal London Cup, Group A, Taunton August 17, 2015

Brotherly battle goes Overton way


Somerset 273 for 7 (Allenby 53*, Trego 41, C Overton 40*) beat Surrey 267(Davies 111, Burns 76, Wilson 59) by three wickets

Craig Overton starred with bat and ball © Getty Images

The Overton twins shared six wickets as Somerset turned over Group A leaders Surrey with a three-wicket Royal London Cup win in front of a 5,500 Taunton crowd.

Craig Overton claimed 3 for 37 and brother Jamie 3 for 52 to help restrict the visitors to 267 all out, despite a superb century from Steven Davies, who contributed 111 from 109 balls, with 13 fours.

Rory Burns made 76 and Gary Wilson 59 after Surrey had lost the toss, Lewis Gregory backing up the Overtons with 2 for 34 from his ten overs.

In reply, Somerset slipped to 148 for 5 before skipper Jim Allenby and Alex Barrow added 70. Craig Overton then applied the coup de grace with 40 off 22 deliveries as Somerset reached their target with 20 balls to spare.

Davies' fluent innings had taken his run tally in the group to 475 at an average of just under 80. He lost opening partner Jason Roy to the second ball of the innings, bowled by the impressive Craig Overton.

It was 8 for 2 when Ben Foakes was caught behind pushing forward to Gregory in the fourth over, but Davies and Burns then took charge with a stand of 158 in 27.3 overs.

Davies was first to his half-century off 58 balls in the 22nd over and Burns soon followed off 65 deliveries. Both scored heavily to third man as Somerset's attack concentrated on short of a length on a green pitch.

The home side stuck to their task well. Burns fell to a top-edged pull off Craig Overton with the score on 166 before Davies reached a fine century out of a total of 200 for 3 in the 38th over.

At that point Surrey looked set for more than 300. But the Overton twins and Gregory did a good job at the death and wickets fell in quick succession.

Wilson tried to hold the tail together and reached a sweetly-struck half-century off 57 balls, with four fours and a six, but received little support as Surrey lost their last seven wickets for 47 in the final ten overs. The Somerset innings saw visiting brothers Tom and Sam Curran do their best to emulate the Overtons, sharing three of the first five wickets to fall as Adam Hose, Tom Abell, Peter Trego and Tom Cooper all made starts without going on to a significant score.

In the end it required Allenby's experience with a 69-ball half-century and bright cameos from wicketkeeper Barrow and Craig Overton, who blasted six fours and ended the game with a big six, to see Somerset to a victory that was not enough to keep alive feint hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Surrey now take on Gloucestershire at Bristol tomorrow, the winners being assured of finishing top of the group.