Another half century from Johann Myburgh helped Somerset to an eight wicket win (D/L method) over Surrey at the Kia Oval with just five balls remaining.
After winning the toss the home side elected to bat and Jason Roy and Steven Davies put on 33 for the opening wicket. Davies was the man to go when he was bowled by Jim Allenby for six. The score moved on to 53 for one when the rain came and resulted in a delay of just under four hours.
Shortly after 7pm the sides returned to the field to complete the match which was reduced to 24 overs per side. Roy was the next man to go with the score on 72 when he was bowled by Tim Groenewald for 46. The prize wicket of Kumar Sangakkara fell just one run later when he was run out for 12 by Roelof van der Merwe.
The score moved on to 106 before Gary Wilson was caught by Adam Hose from the bowling of Peter Trego. Trego then ran out Tom Curran without a run being added to the Surrey total. Zafar Ansari didn’t last for too long and became Groenewald’s second victim when he was dismissed for eight. Rory Burns remained unbeaten on 51 as Surrey posted a total of 163 for six.
Chasing 180 for victory, Somerset made a solid start as Allenby and Myburgh put on 155 for the first wicket.
The Somerset skipper was the man to go having made an impressive 71 from just 56 deliveries. The score had moved on to 161 when Myburgh was caught by Stuart Meaker from the bowling of Sam Curran for 76. His runs coming from 59 balls including eight fours and three sixes. It was then left to Trego and James Hildreth to see Somerset over the line which they did as Somerset triumphed by eight wickets (D/L method).
Shortly after the match Johann Myburgh, who has now made back to back half centuries said: “ I am very happy that we won and I always enjoy contributing to the team so it can’t get much better than that.”
How did the rain affect the game as far as Somerset were concerned? “We are playing a lot of T20 cricket at the moment,” he said. “So when it was reduced to 24 overs I think that the guys saw this as an extended version of that, so we had a bit more time than usual in T20.”
Johann went on: “From a bowling point of view it was slightly more difficult once Craig and Jim had bowled all of their overs up front, but I thought that the guys all did pretty well. We kept on picking up wickets which slowed them down which is always the case. I thought we did well in the field and were pretty happy to be chasing 180 to be fair.”
Regarding his innings Johann said: “I enjoy batting at the top of the order in white ball cricket so I am glad to get that opportunity. It’s always nice to get runs when the chance comes along. I am enjoying my cricket and hitting the ball quite nicely at the moment.”