Surrey crowned CB40 champions

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Surrey claimed their first piece of silverware since 2003 after beating perennial 'bridesmaids' in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final on Saturday.

Surrey claimed their first piece of silverware since 2003 after beating perennial 'bridesmaids' in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final on Saturday.

Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown led from the front as Surrey won the rain-affected match by five wickets at Lord's on the back of his 78 from 62 balls.

The win saw the Brown Caps lift their first trophy since they won the Pro 40 and Twenty20 double in 2003 while for Somerset it was their fifth straight cup final defeat.

Somerset's final-day woes were mostly down to a poor start after they slipped to 79 for five in 18 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Captain Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter, Peter Trego, Nick Compton and Arul Suppiah all got starts but failed to kick on.

It was left to Jos Butler to add some respectability to the Somerset total as his 86 from 72 balls, which included two sixes and seven fours, pushed them to 214 all out in 39.2 overs. Jade Derbach did the damage for Surrey as he picked four for 32 in his 7.2 overs.

Murali Karthik dropped Hamilton-Brown at short mid-wicket from the third ball of Surrey's innings, but Somerset nevertheless made a good start with the ball as Steve Kirby removed Steve Davies and Jason Roy.

After two rain breaks, Surrey's target was reduced to 186 from 30 overs and Hamilton-Brown took control. Chris Schofield chipped in with 26 during his stand of 58 with his skipper.

Hamilton-Brown's fine innings, which included one six and seven fours, came to an end in the 23rd over with the score at 147 for five when Buttler hit the stumps direct from mid-on.

All-rounder Zander de Bruyn (17 not out) and Matthew Spriegel (24 not out) saw Surrey over the line in 27.3 overs as they completed a memorable few days after winning promotion to the County Championship First Division earlier in the week.

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