Published: 7th March, 2019
Having been one of the teams to beat throughout the early years of T20 cricket, 2008 was a taste of something new for Surrey.
Of their five home matches against their nearest and not necessarily dearest, they managed to clock up just one victory. This came against Sussex and was largely thanks to the all-round talents of overseas star Abdul Razzaq.
Two home defeats in the previous four days had left Surrey in a precarious position in the South Group so when skipper Mark Ramprakash elected to field first, they knew a strong performance was necessary.
Chris Nash’s 50 was the key innings for the visitors but tight spells from Matt Spriegel and Usman Afzaal as well as 2/23 from that intelligent and cunning right arm medium of Razzaq including the dismissals of danger men Matt Prior and Rory Hamilton-Brown, kept them to just 141.
Four double figures scores from Surrey’s top and middle order had them most of the way to the total but it still needed someone lower down to stick their hand up and seal the deal.
Razzaq did just that by top-scoring for Surrey with 39 from 20 balls, including five fours and two sixes, and was there at the end to ensure the points remained in South London.
It may not have been Surrey’s year in the format but at least this still left good memories for those there to witness this excellent performance.