Royal London Cup May 17, 2017

Somerset and Surrey progress to playoffs

ESPNcricinfo staff and ECB Reporters Network

Surrey clinched third spot in the South Group on a wet day © Getty Images

Surrey earned a spot in the Royal London Cup playoffs after both their match in Bristol and Sussex's game against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl were washed out.

The point meant Surrey clinched third spot in the south group ahead of Sussex and Glamorgan and they will now face Yorkshire at Headingley on June 13 with the winner of that match playing Worcestershire at New Road in the semi-finals.

A washout for Somerset at Lord's meant they took second spot in the group and will face Nottinghamshire in the other playoff, the winner of that match facing Essex in the semis.

In Bristol, umpires Jeff Evans and Billy Taylor delayed the abandonment for as long as possible. But there was no let-up in the rain and after a 3pm inspection they decided there was no chance of the ground drying out sufficiently.

That left Surrey hoping that Sussex, the one team with a chance of snatching third place from them, would suffer a similar fate at Southampton at that match was abandoned a short while later.

At Lord's umpires Richard Evans and Rob Bailey called off play at Lord's at 5pm following an afternoon of persistent rain and with a bleak evening forecast.

Middlesex, who had no chance of qualifying, finished eighth in the group with just two wins from their eight matches.

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  • Dez on May 18, 2017, 7:29 GMT

    @CRICFAN69564930 - I agree that that it would be good if games carried on in light drizzle - they do generally in the T20 Blast. However yesterdays scenes were far from light drizzle - it was absolutely bucketing down for pretty much 6 hours non stop, leaving the outfield looking like a lagoon, so i don't think even the most optimistic umpire could have allowed any play!

    @CRICFAN69564930 - Surrey only had 1 kolpak in the squad named for yesterdays abandoned match (Rampaul) so i'm not sure how they are 'packed with kolpak players'.

    You are probably imagining that Jason Roy, Stuart Meaker,Tom & Sam Curran are also kolpak players just because they were born outside the UK, but the fact is they all moved over as kids and learnt their cricket at the Surrey Academy. There is no way you can put players that started their UK cricket careers at 12 years old under the kolpak heading, like the likes of Kyle Abbot etc that have gone that route as fully developed players.

  • Mike on May 18, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    @CRICFAN44810102 Name a single Kolpak player on Somerset's books? Elgar is an official overseas player, van der Merwe an EU national, Groenewald English by parentage. All the rest are English - mostly Somerset/Devon born and bred.

  • geoffs8103821 on May 18, 2017, 6:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Somerset and Surrey on qualifying. Side's packed with kolpak players. Good luck to them Warwickshire can't even sign any let alone develop player's

  •   cricfan69564930 on May 18, 2017, 4:23 GMT

    cricket would be a much better fan sport if the players would play in light rain...it's rather unappealling how weather dictates teams progressing into knock-out tournaments stages currently....these players will face up to a ball that kills and breaks plenty of bones,but will go off in drizzle...also lots of fielding injuries already so who can say for certain there would actually be an increase in injuries if they played through showers--with long spiked shoes on...

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