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Tom and Eddie star in Somerset victory over Surrey

Tom Banton and Eddie Byrom played starring roles as Somerset won a high-scoring Vitality Blast match against Surrey at at the Cooper Associates County Ground by eight wickets.

Set 204 to win, the hosts got home with eight balls to spare as Banton smashed 11 fours and two sixes on the way to 71 off just 37 balls to thrill the sell-out crowd. Babar Azam contributed 43, whilst Byrom marked his Somerset T20 debut with four sixes in an whirlwind 54 not out off only 19 deliveries.

Aaron Finch had led the way for Surrey, hitting 72 off 44 balls after they had lost the toss. The Aussie hit six fours and four sixes, receiving good support from Sam Curran (53) and Ollie Pope (37).

However, even Finch was eclipsed by the spectacular efforts of Banton and the inspired Byrom.

Surrey lost opener Will Jacks to the last ball of the second over, well caught above his head by Max Waller at mid-off for nine, off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.

By the end of the six-over power-play Finch and Sam Curran had taken the total to 47 for one.

At the halfway point, Surrey had moved to 86 for one. Finch brought the 100 up with a six over cow corner.

Curran was first to his fifty in the 12th over, having faced 31 balls. However, two overs later he was caught at long-on off Waller.

After reaching his half-century in the 15th over Finch tried to cut loose but fell to Waller, caught at long-off by van der Merwe.

Ollie Pope then took over but was run out by Tom Lammonby for 37. Tom Curran and Jordan Clark ensured that the visitors posted a total of 203 for four.

Banton began by taking two fours off the second over from Tom Curran and then reverse swept Sam Curran for six. By the end of the power-play that total had moved on to 66, Banton reaching a brilliant fifty off just 22 balls.

Babar Azam was largely content to run singles and the Pakistan batting star had contributed just 14 when the partnership reached 82 at the end of the seventh over.

Banton eventually fell when Gareth Batty saw the young opener’s superb exhibition ended by a catch at deep backward square.

Babar Azam then moved quickly to 43 before being bowled trying to sweep Tahir, leaving Somerset 127 for two in the 13th over.

It was then Byrom, coming in at four, who ensured the Surrey bowlers could never gain any sort of grip. Two sixes off Batty and another off Tahir were just the start of a memorable innings by the 22-year-old.

After the match Banton said: “Today it just came off for us and we got going from ball one.

“When anybody gets 200 in a T20 then your heads are a bit down, but we’ve got the players to back ourselves and it came off today for us.

“It’s been a top day with Eddie doing so well. I’ve known him now for four or five years now, and he’s been putting in performances throughout the years. I couldn’t be more happy for him.”

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