Published: 22nd February, 2021
As the home of T20 cricket, The Kia Oval has seen some of the most engrossing matches in cricket’s most thrilling format since its inception in 2003.
Here’s a run through of all the best of those matches; picking out a memorable game from each year of high octane action in SE11. Click the link in each description for a detailed trip down memory lane.
2003: We were pioneers in the first year of the format, winning the whole thing. A victory in the first T20 London Derby set the stall out.
2004: An inspirational leader and captain throughout his time at Surrey, Adam Hollioake was the key man in this quarter-final win.
2005: Four years after his debut, Rikki Clarke was a match-winning cricketer in the biggest matches in 2005. He’s still at the peak of his powers now.
2006: We’ve been playing Kent for more than 300 years but this particular match is one of our favourites against them.
2007: Mark Ramprakash with a match-winning innings against London rivals Middlesex. What could be better?
2008: A difficult campaign but still something to remember from the hands of Abdul Razzaq against Sussex.
2009: Increasingly, sides started to realise that winning T20 matches was just as much about their bowling attack as batting prowess.
2010: A youngster by the name of Jason Roy wins the match for Surrey. What ever happened to him?
2011: Steven Davies and Rory Hamilton-Brown brought the brilliant chaos at the top of the order in this one.
2012: Gareth Batty is a master at handling the pressure in the most tense of situations. His expertise ripped through Essex here.
2013: It’s not all big hitting; sometimes it’s about digging in. That’s what Zafar Ansari and Azhar Mahmood did here.
2014: A quarter-final defeat of Worcestershire to send us to Finals Day – courtesy of Jason Roy.
2015: Azhar Mahmood’s six off the final ball. Of course.
2016: Aaron Finch’s first season at Surrey and the start of something special at the top of the order with Jason Roy.
2017: They may not be his best T20 figures anymore, after IPL heroics earlier this year, but Sam’s 4/13 against Gloucestershire turned this campaign.
2018: The destruction of Middlesex by Aaron Finch & Jason Roy stands out even in this list.
2020: Will Jacks ripped through the Kent top order to seal an Oldest Rivalry victory and take us to Finals Day.
Tickets for this year’s Vitality Blast will go on general sale on 1st March, with seven huge fixtures including fierce encounters with local rivals Middlesex, Essex and Kent all to come. Prices start from £1 for U16s.