Surrey v Essex Eagles – T20 Vitality Blast – The Kia Oval – Summary
Surrey 118 (16.4 overs)
Essex Eagles 119 (15.3 overs)
Essex Eagles won the toss and elected to bowl
Essex Eagles won by eight wickets
Will Buttleman proved to be the star-turn as Essex Eagles upset the form book to inflict a first T20 Vitality Blast defeat of the season on Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Inclement weather conditions forced a late start – the match reduced to seventeen overs-per-side. And there was a dramatic start as out of sorts Essex made a swift breakthrough – Hashim Amla caught by Ryan ten Doescahte off the very first ball of the contest, delivered by Aron Nijjar.
And when Dan Lawrence put pay to Will Jacks six deliveries later, Essex sensed an opportunity.
Jamie Smith seemed set, reaching 20. However, Sam Cook – the shining light during Essex’s recent rough ride – emphatically knocking over the right-hander – Rory Burns followed suit as Cook claimed the second of his 4/15
Ben Geddes marked his debut with 28 off 22 balls, before chasing Nijjar and being sent back following great glovework from Adam Wheater.
Jordan Clark (20) and Rikki Clarke (30) helped Surrey to a disjointed 118 – Njjar (2/33) and Lawrence (2/15) ably supporting Cook with the ball for the visitors.
Essex made a solid start to the chase. Wheater and Buttleman put on 67 for the opening wicket – the former first to depart – Clarke producing a superb acrobatic catch off a delivery from Daniel Moriarty having hit 30 off 18 balls.
Clark’s full-toss bamboozled Lawrence, clipping the top of his off-stump. Nevertheless, Buttleman ruthlessly continued to pick off the target, reaching 50 off 45 balls. The 21-year-old finished unbeaten on 56, alongside Michael Pepper (15*) – Essex bizarrely helped over the line by four no-balls from Clark in what proved to be the decisive sixteenth over.
The success was only Essex’s second of the season, easing them up to sith place in the table. They return to T20 Vitality Blast action on Thursday, June 24 when they face Middlesex at Lord’s (6:15pm).
Surrey: WG Jacks, RJ Burns, HM Amla, JL Smith (WK), BBA Geddes, J Overton, J Clark, R Clarke, JW Dernbach, GJ Batty (Capt), DT Moriarty
Essex Eagles: AJA Wheater (Capt), WEL Buttleman, DW Lawrence, MS Pepper, JDS Neesham, RN ten Doeschate, PI Walter, SR Harmer (Capt), ASS Nijjar, S Snater, SJ Cook
Umpires: NJ Llong and BV Taylor
Scorers: Debbie Beesley and P Parkinson
Match Referee: WM Noon