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June 8, 2010
Gloucestershire 98 for 0 beat Surrey 97 by ten wickets
Gloucestershire Gladiators made light work of slaying the Surrey Lions to win a one-sided Friends Provident t20 South Group clash by 10 wickets and with 10.1 overs to spare.
Surrey capitulated for 97 in front of a disappointing crowd of 4,900 as Gloucestershire's seven-man attack made the most of a lively Oval pitch which initially assisted the seamers. Surrey were dismissed with 11 balls of their 20-over allocation still remaining.
Batting first after losing the toss, Surrey lost half their side for 17 runs in the space of 34 balls - including big-name signings Andrew Symonds for 1 and World Cup-winning Younis Khan for 2 - and the innings barely improved thereafter.
Opener Rory Hamilton-Brown and last man Jade Dernbach were the only batsmen to hit boundaries for Surrey, three men were run out, while Matt Spriegel and Hamilton-Brown were the sole players to make it into double figures in terms of balls faced.
Surrey's trouble began as early as the seventh delivery when Steven Davies rocked back to pull the first delivery of the night from Kiwi Ian Butler into the hands of William Porterfield at deep mid-wicket. That gave Butler his first wicket, and he finished with an excellent return of three for eight.
Mark Ramprakash edged to wicketkeeper Steve Snell in the next over, then Symonds marked his home debut by getting off the mark with a single only to slice the next delivery off a thick outside edge to Vikram Banerjee at third man.
Butler accounted for Khan after only four deliveries with a middle-stump yorker and Usman Afzaal went to the first run out following a mix-up with Hamilton-Brown and after some athletic work backing up the initial throw by Alex Gidman that made it 17 for 5.
Hamilton-Brown, with six boundaries in his 39-ball top score of 41, joined forces with Spriegel to add 44 for the sixth wicket in five overs. But Hamilton-Brown's demise, run out by a direct hit from mid-on by Hamish Marshall, sparked a further collapse.
Chris Schofield lost his middle stump when driving loosely at James Franklin, Andre Nel clipped a return catch to spinner Banerjee, then Chris Tremlett omitted to ground his bat when running a single to James Franklin at short fine leg.
Home No. 11 Dernbach became Surrey's third batsman to reach double figures by heaving two fours in his nine-ball cameo of 12, but one slog too many left his stumps re-arranged and Spriegel high and dry, unbeaten on 25 from 31 balls but without a four.
Gloucestershire's openers Porterfield and Franklin made light work of a dispirited home attack to canter home to victory with more than half their overs remaining.
Porterfield cut the first six of the night over deep backward point off the bowling of Nel on his way to an unbeaten 47 from 31 balls, while Franklin kept him company with a hard-hit 41 from 29 balls which contained six fours.
To make matters even worse for the beleaguered Surrey, they left the field to a tirade of booing from their own supporters as the game finished without floodlights being required.
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