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Umpires: n A Mallender and R t Robinson (tV Umpire – P Willey)


surrey Lions v Glamorgan Dragons at the oval, 4th August 2010


scorers: K R Booth and A K Hignell


In 2002 Glamorgan were involved in an extraordinary 50 overs match at The Oval when Surrey scored 438/5 before the Welsh county replied with 429. Ali Brown was the hero on that particular day, making 268, and another member of the Brown clan – Rory Hamilton-Brown - led the way in this contest with his maiden one-day hundred as the Surrey Lions posted the highest-ever total in 40 overs cricket as a series of records tumbled like confetti on a windy day at a wedding. It also brought back down to earth the buoyant Dragons side after their Championship success at Cheltenham, and by a strange coincidence, Neil Mallender, who had been officiating when Robert Croft ended the match with Gloucestershire with a hat-trick, was the presiding umpire once again as the spinner began the match by opening the bowling at the Vaux- hall End. But there was no fairytale continuation as a couple of rasping boundaries set the tone for the Lions innings. Their mammoth score was underpinned by an opening stand of 190 between Hamilton-Brown and Steven Davies in 19.2 overs after the Lions were invited to bat first by the Dragons with the game – already reduced by a pre-match thunderstorm to 38 overs – likely to see further interruptions as a band of heavy showers crossed south-east England. None of the visiting bowlers could contain the home batsmen who raced to a hundred in the tenth over and profited from several fumbles in the field and a couple of missed stumpings. After Mark Cosgrove eventually broke the opening stand, Hamilton-Brown completed his first century in one-day cricket for Surrey – from 64 balls - before holing out at long-on trying another mas- sive blow against Dean Cosker, who finally secured a wicket after four chances had been missed off his bowling. But Mark Ramprakash further extended Surrey’s already formidable total as the former England batsman played a delightful cameo, racing to fifty from 35 deliveries, before striking six boundaries in the space of ten deliveries as together with Matthew Spri- egel, who also posted a 36-ball fifty, the fourth wicket pair added 142 runs in 13.5 overs to take the game well away from the Dragons and to see Surrey to the second highest total ever made against Glamorgan in one-day cricket. With the visitors needing to bat for ten overs to constitute a match, a massive storm started to develop over Westminster and the London Docklands, and shortly after Croft had departed, there was a further interruption for rain as the game was further reduced to a 20 overs contest with the Dragons revised target being 227. Once again, they made a spirited attempt at the formidable target, with Cosgrove emulating the home batsmen by blasting 50 from 36 balls, before unfurling a series of coruscating blows on the shirt-front surface. The Australian looked like posting his maiden one-day hundred for the Dragons, but on 88, he fell to a well-judged catch on the long-on boundary. With the asking rate having risen to eighteen an over, Jamie Dalrymple maintained the chase with Glamorgan’s fastest-ever fifty in the competition, with the Dragons captain smiting a 21-ball fifty – the quickest of the match - as his side went down with all guns blazing, as the Lions also made a series of fielding mistakes under the floodlights. Had the contest gone the full distance, and the showers not returned, there might have been a repetition of the 2002 contest when the Welsh county failed by only nine runs to chase a target that nobody thought they would get anywhere near. Had the side of 2009 taken their chances in the field, the Dragons might have won this contest and ended their losing sequence in front of the Sky TV cameras.


surrey Lions innings *R J Hamilton-Brown +S M Davies S J Walters


M R Ramprakash M N W Spriegel J J Roy


S P Cheetham C T Tremlett J W Dernbach Extras Total


FOW:


Waters Owen


Bowling Croft


Cosker Brown


Cosgrove Dalrymple


8 8 6 8 2 5 1


G C Wilson (4b, 7lb, 11w, 2nb)


62 73 59 80 30 54 17


0 1 0 1 0 1 0


(3 Wickets, 38 Overs) 190, 242, 244.


o M R W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and elected to field 386 24 G J Batty


c Brown c Waters


b Cosker


c & b Waters not out not out


b Cosgrove


115 88 18 85 56


Glamorgan Dragons innings R D B Croft


M J Cosgrove W D Bragg T L Maynard D O Brown


+M A Wallace D A Cosker H T Waters W T Owen


Bowling Tremlett


c Dernbach


*J W M Dalrymple B J Wright


c Davies


not out not out


(5 Wickets, 20 Overs) 21, 30, 65, 73, 158.


Cheetham Batty


Dernbach Spriegel


4 4 4 4 4


o M R W 0 0 0 0 0


18 24 39 61 44


1 1 0 0 3


Result – Surrey Lions won by 39 runs (D/L) (1lb, 2w) c Davies


b Dernbach 2 b Batty b Batty


88 19 54


5 14 187 3


b Tremlett b Batty


2


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