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Surrey win in dramatic finale

By Ben Horne
July 19 2005

Surrey beat Warwickshire in a dramatic bowl out to reach the finals day for the third consecutive year of the twenty20 trophy. After a tie on the D/L method, the first ever bowl out in the competition gave Surrey a dramatic victory.

Surrey one the toss and decided to bat. Ali Brown fell early on for just 4 as he was bowled by Pretorius Benning was next to go for a useful 22. Scott Newman looked in good touch, but when ion 28 he went for one bug hit to many and was caught by Knight with Anyon. Clarke, Batty and Mahmood all fell cheaply and the lions were left struggling at 97 for 6. However captain Mark Ramprakash led by example with 34 not out to help Surrey reach 149 for 8.

Warwickshire did not start well as Azhar Mahmood had Neil Carter caught at slip by Ali Brown first ball. Worse was to follow for the bears as Captain Nick Night was run out for three and Jonathan Trott fell cheaply to leave the bears 28 for 3. Troughton and Penny then added 33. When Penny fell to Clarke for 20, Troughton and Loudon followed. Brown and Frost were also dismissed for low scores which left the bears, 99 for 7. With three needed of the last ball, Mark Ramprakash asked the umpire what happened if Warwickshire scored two off the ball, the umpires said that this would give Surrey a victory. So Surrey let the bears take two and thought they had one match. However the Warwickshire scorer disputed this by saying that if scores and wickets are tied on the D/L method the game is a draw. The umpires then contacted the ECB who said their needs to be a bowl out. Meanwhile Warwickshire were practicing for a bowl out, while the Surrey thought they had one. The umpires then called for a bowl out. However Mark Ramprakash refused to take part. The umpires told Ramprakash that if Surrey do not take part they will be disqualified. Ramprakash then decided that the team had to take part. However after several misses, it came down to sudden death. Streak missed and Tim Murtagh hit as he celebrated by removing his top, just like a football celebration.

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