Surrey win by seven wickets


Another impressive innings from Tom Abell wasn’t enough to prevent Somerset from falling to a heavy defeat against Surrey in the Vitality Blast at the Cooper Associates County Ground this evening.

The Club Captain made an excellent 69 from just 44 balls, but that was as good as it got for the home side as Laurie Evans and Sam Curran’s century stand saw the visitors leave with the points courtesy of a seven-wicket victory.

Somerset scored 187 for six from their allotted overs after losing the toss, but in reply Surrey reached 188 for three with four overs to spare. Evans struck two sixes and eight fours in his 65, while Curran’s career-best 72 not out featured six maximums and five other boundaries.

Their third-wicket partnership added 104 in just 8.5 overs and means that Somerset have now lost their opening two fixtures in the competition.

Tom Banton fell in the first over, caught at short third-man off Sam Curran. Will Smeed gave those present a glimpse of what is surely to come as he smote two sixes and two fours in his 23, adding 41 with James Hildreth before falling to Matt Dunn in the fifth over.

Former Somerset player Jamie Overton conceded 15 off the sixth over as Hildreth notched three successive boundaries and at the end of the power play the scoreboard read 63 for two.

Hildreth fell lbw for 31 looking to flick Batty to leg, forcing Abell and Eddie Byrom to regroup.

They took the score to 101 in the 12th over before Byrom was caught off Tom Curran for 14 and the same bowler soon accounted for Lewis Gregory.

Abell combined textbook shots with two boundaries from ramp shots and one from a reverse sweep in moving to a 34-ball fifty, with seven fours before producing the shot of the innings by hitting Tom Curran for straight six.

He was dismissed by Jordan Clark in the 18th over and, despite Ben Green’s unbeaten 24, Somerset’s total looked below par.

After a good opening over from Jack Brooks, Josh Davey struck with his first ball, having Will Jacks caught at cover. However, by the end of the fourth over Surrey had 52 on the board.

Jason Roy made 30 off 14 balls before skying a leading edge off Davey to wicketkeeper Banton, but after six overs Surrey were well placed on 73 for two.

Evans looked in prime form, lifting Gregory over mid-wicket for six and the hundred came up in eight overs.

He went to fifty off 26 balls, while Curran hit Max Waller for four and then six before surviving a caught and bowled chance in the 12th over before moving to his half-century off 25 deliveries.

Evans eventually fell to de Lange, but Curran ended proceedings with a four.

At the end of the game, Somerset Vitality Blast Captain Lewis Gregory said: “We just weren’t quite at the races today. The skill levels weren’t where they needed to be and we’ve got some hard work to do. In the end, 187 wasn’t enough.

“We can take a few positives from tonight though and Tom Abell showed again that he’s a top quality performer across all formats. He was superb and if he’d had a bit more support we might have got over 200.

“The games come think and fast in this competition, so hopefully we can turn things around on Tuesday and get on a roll. We have to stand up and be counted against Kent and put in a really good performance.”

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