Kirby strikes two early blows for Somerset
Lord’s: Surrey 61-2 off 9 overs; Somerset 214 all out off 39.2 overs (Buttler 86; Dernbach 4-30). Surrey require 125 more runs to win off 21 overs (Duckworth-Lewis method)
Jason Roy is the epitome of Surrey’s young batsmen with their go-faster stripes. No sooner had he readjusted deftly to smear Steve Kirby for four from outside off stump over mid-wicket than he attempted another heave and was caught behind. The rain was falling by this point and as he left the field so did the other 12 players and two umpires.
That left Surrey 35 for 2 and suddenly Somerset were very much back in a game for which they had appeared earlier in the day not to have turned up for.
The first rain break lasted only 20 minutes but was quickly followed by a 90-minute interruption by which time it looked like we might be coming back tomorrow.
Thankfully the sky cleared and the game could resume at 4.45pm with the overs allowed reduced to 30 and a revised target of 186 for Surrey.
The first wicket fell in the fourth over when Steve Davies pulled Kirby straight to Murali Kartik at short mid-wicket. Kartik had dropped Rory Hamilton-Brown in the same position off the third ball of the innings.
John Stern is a former editor of The Cricketer
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