About the Match
After two thrilling semi-finals we have the finalists of the Royal London ODI Cup and the title clash will be held on 17th September at Lord’s between Surrey and Warwickshire, who triumphed over Yorkshire and Somerset respectively to book their berth in the finals. Both teams defended totals to conquer their opponents in the knock-out stage and have in-form performers with both bat and ball, who can give their team the edge here. However, the side that can overcome the pressure under crunch situations and execute the game plan to perfection will be better placed to win on Saturday and lift the trophy.
Batting first in the semi-final match against Yorkshire, Steven Davies registered a remarkable 104 runs to help the team build a solid foundation after losing stalwarts like Sangakkara early on; Ben Foakes supported well with a superb 90 off 100 deliveries and they could sum up 255 runs to challenge the Yorks.
Pacer Stuart Meaker then delivered to perfection as he claimed 3-61 to demolish the opposition’s middle order; other speedsters like Tom Curran and Dernbach combined well to take 2 wickets each and stifle the Yorks’ batting line-up and with help from Batty and Sam Curran they won the match by 19 runs. The bowlers have done a commendable job throughout the series and they are in good form to challenge the Warwicks batsmen too.
The batting line-up has experienced players like Sangakkara, Steven Davies, Foakes, Rory Burns and all-rounders like the Curran brothers; they have good depth and talent to emerge victorious here.
Captain Ian Bell led from the front as the team batted first against Somerset; his stupendous unbeaten 94 from 90 deliveries inspired his mates to build steady partnerships. Sam Hain and Jonathan Trott put up a 90-run opening stand and they can continue on their good form again. While Hain scored 86 runs, Trott contributed with a well-made 44; others down the order like Ambrose and Evans kept the scoreboard ticking to take the total to 284 in the end.
Spinner Jeetan Patel then showcased his class as he took a superb 5-43 and caused heavy upsets for the opponent’s middle order; speedsters Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Chris Wright took 2 wickets each and started the demolition of Somerset before the 10th over and came back to support Patel. The bowlers put up a disciplined attack and they can pose a stiff challenge for Surrey on Saturday too.
While the batsmen are in form to get the big runs, the bowlers have been consistent throughout and they will come with all their firepower in this title clash.
Both teams have fought a long battle to make it here and they have a good number of match-winners who can help them conquer this last hurdle; while the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that Surrey having experienced players with the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Steven Davies is better placed to emerge victorious this season