I’m writing this after Event 93 – Day 4 of the Ashes Test at Lords – I’m quite relieved that I haven’t had time to write about the game at The Oval, it means I may have calmed down before I start that one!

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I’d bought tickets for my brothers to watch Somerset at the Oval in the belief that Chris Gayle would be playing, it turns out that his stay was a short one in the West Country – but I’ve been enjoying The Oval and knew they would too.

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I arrived with time for cake before making my way to grab 4 seats – I was to be joined by my big brother and his sons who were flying in from Scotland.  I hoped there’d be a good game for them.

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Surrey and The Oval do a very good job at attracting a good crowd to their Friday evening T20 games.  Things can get a little too rowdy for my liking, yet cloistered away in the amazing pavilion has meant I’ve only looked from afar this year.

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One of my biggest bug bears has been the whole beer snake thing, it drives me crazy that people would rather watch a line of cups than the cricket.  However Surrey have at last gone the route of other sports and grounds and introduced eco cups!  Woohoo it meant no snake!

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Onto the cricket – Surrey elected to bat first – it often seems to be the favoured option when winning the toss in T20 games.

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The very popular Jason Roy walked to the crease with the legend that is Kumar Sangakarra, they emerged to great fanfare.

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Both teams had faced a tough time in the competition with 11 games played each and only 4 won, only Middlesex had fared worse.  So there was a lot at stake for both teams.

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Jason Roy clearly had winning in his mind – he played a very fine innings.  Sangakarra played as his foil and scored 31 in 24 balls before Luke Ronchi of New Zealand fame stumped him from the bowling of Max Waller.

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Rory Burns joined Jason Roy – he’d been involved in the nasty fielding collision with Moises Henriques, it was good to see him in one piece.

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On the evening that England were across London and collapsing Jason Roy showed what he can do with the bat.  He scored a superb 122 from 65 balls, hitting eight 4’s and six 6’s – it really was a joy to watch.

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Rory Burns added 46 runs of his own to help take Surrey to a very useful total of 208 for 1.

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The Somerset innings started in nightmare fashion – Johann Myburgh faed 2 balls before he was run out by Sam Curran – 1 for 0 was it has to be said to the best of starts when chasing 208 runs!

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Zafar Ansari took the 1st of 2 great catches for him, to despatch Jim Allenby in the 3rd over things were going from bad to worse for the visitors at 2 for 18!

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Peter Trego had come in at 3 and James Hildreth joined him when Allenby departed.  Trego’s wicket fell when Somerset were on 37 – Azhar Mahmood caught him from the bowling of Sam Curran, he’d scored a spirited 26.

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Tom Cooper was the next up – he similarly scored well, getting to 29 before a truly remarkable catch by Ansari – he ran in from a long way out to take the ball one handed.  I had a great view of the catch from where I was sitting and I still have no idea how he took it!

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Both Luke Ronchi with 21  and Lewis Gregory with 27 kept the scoreboard ticking over.  Hildreth was the top scorer for Somerset with 51 runs – inevitably the man of the match Roy took the catch to despatch him.

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Somerset saw their 20 overs out but finished well short on 170 for 5 – Surrey had their 5th win under their belt.

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The atmosphere was still lively and fun, but what a difference eco cups made!  I whole heartedly approve!

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More of a Phlog than a blog – I’m not sure I’m looking forward to writing the next one!

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