Sunday, July 19, 2015

Surrey v Somerset, T20, Kia Oval, London, 17/07/15

Having travelled to London last Friday in readiness for the Saturday of the Lord's Test, I couldn't help but notice that there was a cheeky bit of Twenty 20 going on at The Oval in the evening and, thanks to a kind friend on social media, we were able to visit the 'Saarf' London ground for the first time.

Surrey turned in an impressive display, especially on the batting front. They amassed 208 for 1 off 20 overs, dominated by a superb 122 not out off 65 balls by Jason Roy. He was well supported by Kumar Sangakkara and Rory Burns as Somerset were smashed all around the famous venue.

When it came to Somerset's turn to bat, they never really looked in it. In fairness, chasing more than 10 runs an over was always going to be a big ask in front of more than 20,000 spectators, many of whom were indulging after a week's work in The City.

The South Group is really tight with Surrey still in the chase for a quarter final place along with Glamorgan and a few other counties.

The impressive Kia Oval....

...and its famous old pavilion

Surrey took full advantage of batting first...

...Jim Allenby got a bit of tap from Jason Roy

Played out in more great weather...

....the view from the OCS Stand balcony

Jason Roy celebrates his 100....

...and acknowledges the crowd after achieving the landmark

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