Lions hold on to record victory over Sabres
The Surrey Lions upset the odds to claim a thrilling 21 run victory over the Someret Sabres to finally record their first Friends Provident t20 win of the tournament.
The Sabres were set a total of just 161 for victory but the Lions bowled well to contain the home sides big hitting line up to frustrate a healthy crowd at the County Ground.
Marcus Trescothick (4) and Craig Kieswetter (6) both struggled early on but even a 70 run partnership between James Hildreth (54) and Kieron Pollard (42) wasn’t enough to rescue the Sabres who had dug themselves into a hole with the run rate increasing.
Hildreth remained at the crease but with wickets falling at regular intervals the Lions held on to record an impressive victory.
Having been out into bat by the Sabres; the Lions reached a competitive total of 160-7 thanks to a wonderful innings from Mark Ramprakash to help the visitors recover after a poor start.
Ramprakash came to the crease after the Lions had lost two early wickets and built a patient innings whilst sharing a 5th wicket partnership of 80 with Younis Khan (59) before Alfonso Thomas struck at the end of the 16th over to remove Ramprakash (59).
With Ramprakash back in the dug out Younis Khan upped the run rate to help set a competitive total which proved to much for the Sabres to chase.
Despite Ramprakash’s 20th Twenty20 half century the Lions will still be disappointed with the top order which failed to fire with Steve Davis (18), Rory Hamilton-Brown (6) and Gareth Batty (0) all failing with the bat.
Andrew Symonds (6) also struggle suffering his third failure in three games after he was caught Hildreth in the 7th over.