Surrey and Somerset Lord’s bound

September 5, 2011

by Peter Burgess

Surrey and Somerset will meet in a Lord’s final after both sides convincingly won their semi-finals yesterday.

In rain affected matches the home sides were dominant at Taunton and The Oval.

Somerset beat Durham by 39 runs on Duckworth Lewis. The West Country club were cruising on 165-3, chasing 219 for victory when the rain came. On a flat Taunton wicket it was highly likely that Somerset would have had little trouble in knocking the remainder of these runs off.

In the absence of Marcus Trescothick (injured) and Craig Kieswetter, away with England, Somerset opened the batting with Arul Suppiah and Chris Jones. They got their side off to a flying start as they put on 78 in less than 11 overs. Peter Trego continued the good work batting at three and when the rain cam was not out on 40.

Earlier in the day Dale Benkenstein scored 82 to help his side to an under par score of 218. Steve Kirby was the pick of the bowlers for Somerset with 3-31.

Somerset will now play Surrey on Saturday 17th September at Lord’s, after Surrey comfortably beat Sussex at The Oval. The two side have met once before in a Lords final, back in 1981 when Somerset were victors.

Surrey beat Sussex by 71 runs in a match reduced to 24 over per side after the mid-afternoon persistent rain.

Winning the toss and batting first, Surrey posted a massive 228-7 in their 24 overs. The star of the show was the young Tom Maynard. He blasted 60 from just 33 balls.

Sussex never looked likely of overhauling this total, despite a quick-fire 55 from Chris Nash. Leg-spinner Chris Schofield picked up 4 wickets as the rate increased over by over.

Surrey have not won a trophy since 2003 so will be desperate for success at the home of cricket. Somerset who have been the nearly men in recent times, will want to put that tag to bed. It all makes for a great game after another exciting season of county cricket.

Chris Murtagh 05/09/2011

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