Essex v Surrey

Ronnie Irani hammered 32 off 14 balls as Essex won a five-over thrash against Surrey by one run to keep their Twenty20 Cup hopes alive.

If was a mircale the game ever got played, rain having soaked the outfield well before play started around 9.30pm with drizzle still falling.

Having been put in, Irani and fellow opener James Middlebrook (23 from eight balls) got on with things straight away.

Essex posted 71 for three from their five overs and Surrey appeared to be struggling until Azhar Mahmood smashed 26 from Danish Kaneria's over.

The Lions needed 16 off the last over, bowled by Middlebrook, and after a loose ball down the leg side resulted in five wides, Surrey looked favourites, needing eight from the last four balls.

However, they couldn't find the boundary and they could take just two from the last ball when four were required to leave the hosts winners by the smallest of margins.


Twenty20 Cup, 2005, South Division
Essex v Surrey
County Ground, Chelmsford (day/night)
5 July 2005 (20-over match)

Result: Essex won by 1 runs
Points: Essex 2, Surrey 0

Toss: Surrey
Umpires: JH Evans and G Sharp
TV Umpire: P Willey
Man of the Match:
Essex innings                                                   R   M   B  4 6
JD Middlebrook        c Doshi            b Azhar Mahmood       23  12   8  2 2
*RC Irani                                b Azhar Mahmood       32  14  14  5 1
A Flower              not out                                   6   7   4  0 0
AR Adams              c Newman           b Clarke               1   1   2  0 0
RN ten Doeschate      not out                                   4   2   2  1 0
Extras                (lb 3, w 2)                               5
Total                 (3 wickets, 5 overs)                     71

DNB: RS Bopara, ML Pettini, +JS Foster, GW Flower, AP Palladino,
     Danish Kaneria.

FoW: 1-58 (Middlebrook), 2-60 (Irani), 3-61 (Adams).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Sampson                      1      0     13      0 (1w)
Murtagh                      1      0     21      0
Doshi                        1      0     22      0
Azhar Mahmood                1      0      3      2
Clarke                       1      0      9      1

Surrey innings (target: 72 runs)                                R   M   B  4 6
*AD Brown             c ten Doeschate    b Palladino           14   6   8  1 1
JGE Benning                              b Palladino            0   7   2  0 0
Azhar Mahmood         not out                                  35  16  13  1 3
R Clarke              not out                                  11  14   7  1 0
Extras                (lb 2, w 8)                              10
Total                 (2 wickets, 5 overs)                     70

DNB: +JN Batty, SA Newman, IDK Salisbury, TJ Murtagh,
     Harbhajan Singh, ND Doshi, PJ Sampson.

FoW: 1-15 (Brown), 2-16 (Benning).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Adams                        1      0     14      0
Palladino                    1      0      3      2 (1w)
Danish Kaneria               1      0     26      0
Bopara                       1      0     12      0 (2w)
Middlebrook                  1      0     13      0 (1w)
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