Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 8th 2015 Contents towards the end but Nottinghamshire lost
crucial momentum when Smith was run
out for 124 at the non-striker s end by Tom
Curran in the 48th over after he backed up
Curran then held his nerve in the final
over, when 14 were needed,with Mullaney s
42 off 26 balls ultimately proving in vain
for the visitors.
A superb match had been illuminated by
a wonderful innings from Sangakkara, who
unveiled his full repertoire of strokes. It was
also an admirable physical effort by the 37-
year-old as a slow pitch and 90-yard square
boundaries restricted him to 13 fours and
one six in just under three hours at the
Sangakkara came in during the third over
after Steven Davies had been caught at slip
off left-armer Harry Gurney for four.
The left-hander might have been run out
when he got off the mark with a single into
the covers, demolishing his stumps as he
scrambled to make his ground---but there-
after he did not offer a chance in an innings
of increasing authority.
Sangakkara shared stands of 85 for the
second wicket with Ben Foakes and 52 for
the third with Rory Burns---but the most
punishing partnership came when Gary
Wilson joined him to add 144 in 18 overs.
The pair ran aggressively between the
wickets to put pressure on Nottinghamshire
in the field and Sangakkara improvised
superbly, notably in the 49th over Gurney
when he hit successive ramp shots over
wicketkeeper Chris Read and a crunching
drive through extra cover for a third suc-
He accelerated from 100 to 150 in 29
deliveries as he lodged the second highest
one-day score against Nottinghamshire and
seventh biggest for Surrey in List A cricket.
It was also the highest score in 42 one-day
matches between the counties.
Sangakkara failed to clear third man with
another ramp shot off the first ball of the
final over but departed to a standing ovation
as the crowd and the Nottinghamshire play-
ers sportingly acknowledged the 36th List
A hundred of his career.
Without the firepower of Hales and Taylor,
chasing 301 was always going to be a big
ask for Nottinghamshire but they came des-
perately close---thanks mainly to Smith s
second List A hundred.
Curran had needed permission to take a
day off from studies at Wellington College
to play but he struck with successive balls
in his first over as Rikki Wessels played on
and Brendan Taylor was leg before to a
delivery which swung back in.
Jade Dernbach had Michael Lumb caught
by the diving Steven Davies at second slip
before Patel (51), despite the discomfort of
a hamstring injury, put on 91 in 21 overs
When Patel departed in the 26th over
Christian played aggressively to give Not-
tinghamshire renewed hope with 54 off 43
balls, including two sixes and three fours.
The visitors were still in contention when
the last ten overs began with 92 needed but
Christian was caught at backward point off
Aneesh Kapil and Surrey s young attack
held their nerve impressively in the closing
Smith s 124 came off 134 balls with eight
fours and a six, but it was to prove in vain.
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Kumar Sangakkara produced a batting masterclass
as his 166 from 138 balls led Surrey to their second
Lord s final in four years.
The Sri Lankan made the highest score in this sea-
son s Royal London Cup as Surrey squeezed out Not-
tinghamshire by four runs in a thriller at the Kia
Oval to set up a final against Gloucestershire on Sep-
Chasing 301, the Outlaws were up against it after
17-year-old Sam Curran took two wickets in two
balls in his first over and they soon fell to 16 for
But Greg Smith---who owed his first appearance
of the season in the competition to the absence of
Alex Hales and James Taylor on England duty---led
a brave fightback with an outstanding 124, while
Samit Patel and Dan Christian both contributed half-
Smith and Steven Mullaney added 55 from 38 balls
Sangakkara's classy 166 puts Surrey in final
Kumar Sangakkara .... hit 166 from 138 balls to lea d Surrey to their second Lord's final in
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