Somerset 180 for 2 (Myburgh 76, Allenby 71) beat Surrey 163 for 6 (Burns 51*) by eight wickets - D/L
Somerset beat Surrey by eight wickets with five balls to spare at The Kia Oval in a Royal London One Day Cup match but if felt more like a Twenty20 fixture after rain had reduced it to a 24-over affair.
Surrey scored 163 for 6 and Somerset were set a recalculated 180 for victory. Jim Allenby, with 71 from 56 balls, and Johann Myburgh, who struck 76 from 59, put on 155, just four short of a record opening stand for Somerset in List A matches at this ground. Michael Burns, who shares the 1998 record with Dermot Reeve, was an umpire this time.
Surrey were led for the first time by Rory Burns after regular captain Gareth Batty had pulled out of the match in the morning for family reasons. That allowed Dominic Sibley to make his first appearance of the season.
Burns had chosen to bat and when Jason Roy and Steven Davies opened in bright sunshine it was a 50-over game. An out-of-sorts Davies, head back and pulling, was bowled by Allenby for 6 in the eighth over. But three overs later the players left the field to shelter from torrential rain which would prevent any further play for four hours and 20 minutes.
When play resumed at 7pm Surrey, who were 53 for 1, with Roy unbeaten on 31, had 13 overs to face and reverted to T20 mode.
Roy appeared to relish the increased tempo as he pulled and drove Peter Trego for fours as 11 came off the first over after the restart. But then Surrey lost two key players in the space of three deliveries.
Roy had carved one more boundary to third man when he was bowled by a slower delivery from Tim Groenewald for a 43-ball 46, with five fours. Then, from the second ball of the 14th, Sangakkara, on 12, was run out when a straight drive by Burns was directed onto the stumps by the bowler Roelof van der Merwe.
After that Burns led by example. He hoisted Max Waller over long-on for six, but lost Gary Wilson, who was well caught low down by Adam Hose in the covers, to make it 106 for 4 in the 19th over.
Tom Curran was run out first ball and Zafar Ansari fell cheaply. The innings was being held together by Burns, who swiped van der Merwe over midwicket for his second six.
Surrey were 147 for 6 at the start of the last over and Somerset were relieved that Burns had lost the strike. But tail-ender Mathew Pillans struck the first two deliveries from Trego over square-leg and midwicket for sixes as 16 came off the final six deliveries.
But it would not be enough as Myburgh and Allenby, who each hit three sixes, put the result beyond doubt.