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Comprehensive win for Somerset at Surrey

Somerset got the 2018 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign off to the best possible start with a resounding win at the Kia Oval.

Five thousand South London schoolchildren, boosting the crowd as part of Surrey’s annual Schools’ Day, as Somerset trounced their opponents by eight wickets with 171 balls to spare after skittling Rory Burns’s team for just 129 in 35.2 overs.

Craig Overton took four for 27 in two spells, including a stunning new-ball burst of three for 16 in six overs, and Peter Trego picked up two for 23 in ten skillful and controlled overs from the Vauxhall End.

It then took Somerset just 21.3 overs to knock off the runs, with Johann Myburgh finishing on a punishing 75 not out from 65 balls, with 13 fours.

Sam Curran sent back both Steve Davies, caught off a leading edge for 12, and Trego, leg-before second ball for a duck, in his third over, but Myburgh and James Hildreth then added an unbroken stand of 96 in just 16 overs with Hildreth also playing some attractive shots in his unbeaten 35.

It was Somerset’s fourth successive Royal London One-Day Cup victory against Surrey.

Put in on a two-paced pitch, Surrey were 12 for three before the end of the fourth over and never came to terms with the discipline needed batting first on such a surface. Poor or over-ambitious strokes were compounded by the unnecessary run out for 0 of Scott Borthwick, who came in at number seven rather than in the top order as he does in championship cricket.

Will Jacks, a 19-year-old graduate of Surrey’s Academy, was sent in to open with Dean Elgar and made just three before, in the second over, he lifted a drive at Overton to extra cover.

Former Somerset favourite Elgar was next to go, in the third over, steering Lewis Gregory to backward point on one, and Ollie Pope got a leading edge as he tried to drive Overton towards mid-on and was athletically caught for 0 by Max Waller, sprinting in and diving forward from a deepish mid-off.

Ben Foakes quickly reached 21, with some pedigree strokes, before he edged a legside ball from Overton to keeper Davies.

That was 41 for four and it got even worse for Surrey when, on 50 and 58 respectively, skipper Burns chipped Trego to mid-on to go for 17 before Borthwick, playing Trego to mid-on, called for a sharp single but saw his partner Curran fail to respond. He was left stranded at the bowlers’ end.

Curran played some nice shots in his 30, the top score of the innings, but saw Rikki Clarke hit a short ball from Trego high to deep mid-wicket on nine before he himself was caught behind in the next over, the 27th, as he drove at Gregory to leave Surrey 84 for eight.

The tail at least took Surrey into three figures, with Gareth Batty (14) leg-before to Tim Groenewald aiming an ugly smear and Jade Dernbach swinging the same bowler for a mighty six over long on before skying Overton to cover on 12.

Stuart Meaker remained 18 not out but Surrey’s final total was never going to be enough and the match was over by 3.45pm – the finish delayed by a scheduled 45-minute break for ‘lunch’ from 2.30pm, taken when Somerset were 81 for two from 14 overs.

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At the end of the match Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “This was a really good performance and the result reflects that. To bowl them out for 120-odd was a great effort, because although the pitch was a little bit slow there was not a large amount of lateral movement.

“Our bowlers were well backed up in the field and then Johann Myburgh was fantastic up top with the bat.

“We are in a very exciting group and we are looking forward to the next month.”

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