Published: 16th May, 2018
Surrey begin their 2018 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign against Somerset on Friday hoping to go one better after reaching the final last year.
Finishing third in the 2017 group stages, a tough quarter-final away at Yorkshire awaited.
In a repeat of 2016’s semi-final, which Surrey also won, Kumar Sangakkara batted beautifully for another century before the bowlers, led by Jade Dernbach, restricted Yorkshire to 289, 24 runs short of their target.
The boys then took that impressive form into the semi against Worcestershire at New Road. Jason Roy returned to the side and got the team off to a flyer in a brutal opening stand with Mark Stoneman.
Sangakkara and the ever impressive Ben Foakes took the side to a commanding 363 before Gareth Batty tore through the Worcestershire batting line-up and Surrey won by 153 runs!
Here is a quick look back at how Surrey secured their place in the Final for the third straight year.
Fri 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.
Sun 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.
Tues 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.
Fri 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.
Sun 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.
Fri 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.
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.
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.
Tues 13th June – Yorkshire v Surrey – Surrey win by 24 runs
Surrey posted 313, with Sangakkara (121) and Foakes (86) again the stars of the show. Yorkshire struggled with the run rate and once Adam Lyth went for 75 , Dernbach and Ravi Rampaul turned the screw and they fell 24 runs short.
Sat 17th June – Worcestershire v Surrey – Surrey win by 153 runs
Worcestershire dominated the North Group, but Surrey, led by talisman Jason Roy (92), were in inspired form. Setting Worcs 364 to win, Gareth Batty tore through the middle order ending with figures of 5/40.