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The route to the play-offs


Published: 18th May, 2017

Surrey have qualified for the Royal London One Day Cup play-offs following a final game washout.

There was no play yesterday at the Brightside Ground due to the rain, which also prevented any play at the Ageas Bowl where both Hampshire and Sussex were hoping for a win to challenge Surrey for the final qualification place. Therefore, Surrey finished third and ensured an away play-off against Yorkshire.

Here is a quick look back at how Surrey secured qualification from the eight group matches that they played.



Friday 28th April – Somerset v Surrey – Somerset win by 4 wickets

Chasing 291, Somerset found themselves 22/5 and staring at defeat. However, Roelof Van der Merwe, who came in at number 7, smashed 165* to take Somerset to victory with 6.1 over remaining.



Sunday 30th April – Glamorgan v Surrey – Surrey win by 8 wickets (D/L method)

Surrey, lead by Jade Dernbach, steamroll Glamorgan for 239 but the weather held up their chase. Set a revised target of 182, Surrey won by 8 wickets with 5 overs remaining.



Tuesday 2nd May – Surrey v Essex – Essex win by 1 wickets

Essex get over the line in the final over with one wicket in tact following 44 from number nine Harmer. An outstanding new ball burst from the seamers wasn’t enough for Surrey to defend 210.



Friday 5th May – Surrey v Middlesex – Surrey win by 7 wickets

Ben Foakes and Rory Burns steer Surrey to victory over their London rivals with a 117 run partnership in a highly professional performance where Middlesex were earlier restricted to 244.



Sunday 7th May – Sussex v Surrey – Sussex win by 95 runs

A maiden List A half-century from Ollie Pope wasn’t enough for Surrey as they fell 95 runs short of their target at Hove. Qualification hopes left in the balance.




Friday 12th May – Surrey v Kent – Surrey win by 44 runs (D/L method)

Surrey’s seamers rally, with Stuart Meaker claiming four, to bowl Kent out 44 runs short of their target. Ben Foakes’ 82* earlier in the game was the stand out performance in the Surrey innings in Jason Roy’s return to the side.


7Sunday 14th May – Surrey v Hampshire – Surrey win by 66 runs (D/L method)

Hampshire, at 89/7 were dead and buried in the 23rd over, but a batting masterclass by George Bailey (145*) took the away side to a competitive 271. Kumar Sangakkara (124*) played beautifully for his own century and secured Surrey the win.


8Wednesday 17th May – Gloucestershire v Surrey – Match abandoned

Needing a win to guarantee qualification from the group stages, Surrey had the result taken out of their hands by the weather and were left to anxiously await the result from the Ageas Bowl. That game was too abandoned with no balls being bowled and Surrey finished third to qualify.



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