Published: 3rd March, 2019
Having lifted the first ever T20 title the year before, Surrey were the team to beat again in 2004 and looking strong as they reached the quarter-finals.
Adam Hollioake’s team were up against Worcestershire in the last eight of the competition after two home previous home matches at The Oval in which they had defeated Hampshire and Kent.
After the top order had struggled with four of the top five out for single figures, it was crucial that Surrey’s lower order piled on the runs in order to set a total to protect.
Hollioake and James Benning came together with Surrey on 50/5 and 29 from 21 balls for Benning and 45 from 29 balls for Hollioake, including three sixes carried Surrey to 145 from their 20 overs.
Following his efforts with the bat, it was up to the skipper to marshal his troops in the field and provide another option with ball in hand. In the end, he was Surrey’s top wicket taker in he match with three wickets from his four overs. Those three wickets included overseas stars Andy Bichel & Andrew Hall as well as young up and coming batsman Stephen Moore.
His dismissal of Bichel wasn’t his only interaction with the Australian all-rounder in that decisive second innings, as the pair engaged in mock-up fisticuffs that demonstrated the fun nature of this new format in its early days.
Surrey’s Hollioake-inspired victory took them to their second Finals Day in succession, where they lost out to Leicestershire in the final after beating Lancashire earlier in the day at Edgbaston.