Surrey crowned inaugural champs
In the end it wasn't the thrilling finale that the competition deserved, but it nevertheless produced worthy champions.
In the end it wasn't the thrilling finale that the competition deserved, but it nevertheless produced worthy champions as Surrey became the first ever Twenty20 Cup winners at Trent Bridge.
After Jimmy Ormond had helped reduce Warwickshire to 115 all out, Ian Ward and Alistair Brown led Surrey to an emphatic nine-wicket win.
Ormond was the star of the show and deservedly picked up a healthy cheque for the Man of the Match award. He led the way for Surrey on a seaming and bouncy pitch under the lights with an immaculate display of seam bowling. He ended with 4 for 11 and immediately put Warwickshire on the back foot with those four early wickets.
Neil Carter and Nick Knight both played on to Ormond, and Jim Troughton couldn't repeat his heroics of the morning as he and the other batsmen found life more difficult under the evening lights. Troughton only lasted three balls before he was caught by Brown at first slip off Ormond (22 for 3).
Azhar Mahmood then got in on the act when Ian Bell fell to a peach of a delivery. The ball seamed and spat from just short of a length, and Bell could only fend it to Rikki Clarke at point (32 for 4).
Batting wasn't easy and the batsmen were just looking to survive, making it easy to forget this was a Twenty20 game – let alone the final. Things got worse for Warwickshire when the impressive Ormond picked up his fourth wicket, Dougie Brown, who nicked him to Jonathan Batty, the wicketkeeper, for a three-ball duck to leave Warwickshire in dire straights at 33 for 5.
Trevor Penney (33) and Tony Frost (31) did their best, but after they both fell the wickets continued to tumble. Collins Obuya heaved a few lusty blows, including a six off Saqlain Mushtaq over midwicket to bring up the 100 in the sixteenth over, but that was as good as it got.
Obuya was caught in the deep going for another big hit, and when Neil Smith was run out by Waqar Younis with two overs remaining, it summed the innings up. Warwickshire needed quick wickets, so Ward smashing 20 off the first over, from Neil Carter, wasn't what they were looking for.
Ward spanked four boundaries and Waqar, who must have been licking his lips with the seaming conditions and playing against his old club, couldn't produce any magic.
Ward and Brown were keen to wrap things up as quickly as possible and the fifty partnership came off only 33 balls, as they continued to shine under the lights and treat the full house to some dazzling strokeplay. Brown showed signs of getting back to his buccaneering best, especially when he launched the other Brown, Dougie, for a cracking straight six in amongst his three maximums.
Knight turned to Obuya in a last throw of the dice, but he disappeared in to the Nottingham night, conceding 18 off his one and only over. Ward smote his fifty from 26 balls, and Brown notched his first half century of the competition from 32.
In a comical touch fitting for such a successful new innovation, Knight bowled the last over himself among smiles and laughs with his old England team-mate Mark Ramprakash, who then put on a more familiar straight face, and cracked him through the covers for the winning boundary.