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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 July 2005, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Lancashire ease past brave Surrey
Twenty20 Cup semi-final, The Oval: Lancashire 217-4 beat Surrey 195-7 by 22 runs

Andrew Symonds
Lancashire's score of 217-4 was too much for a battling Surrey side as the 2003 Twenty20 winners went out at the semi-final stage at The Oval.

Lancashire, led by Andrew Symonds and Andrew Flintoff, were let off the hook by some appalling Surrey fielding with several catches dropped.

They were also given six extra runs when Surrey were unable to bowl their overs quickly enough.

But things got tense at one stage for Lancashire before they won by 22 runs.

The result was revenge for Lancashire after they had been beaten by Surrey in last year's semi-final.

On a cracking wicket, Surrey's rookie opening bowler Jade Dernbach got some fearful stick early on from the Lancashire batsmen as the teenager's four overs went for 52.

Then Nayan Doshi got the wickets of Mal Loye (32) and Andrew Flintoff (49) after Stuart Law had hit 38.

But the boundaries were coming all the time - Flintoff hit three sixes in his 28-ball effort - and there were even six runs added when the overs were not completed quickly enough.

At the end of the innings, with Andrew Symonds on 52 not out, it looked like the game was already up for Surrey.

But they began their chase well when Ali Brown (51) and James Benning (42) put on 93 for the first wicket in good time.

But four wickets fell for 11 runs either side of a break for rain.

Surrey were back in the hunt when Azhar Mahmood and Mark Ramprakash came together in a sparkling partnership of 76.

But when it came to the crunch, James Anderson bowled a superb over in which he had Mahmood caught at extra cover and conceded just five runs.

Flintoff then bowled Ramprakash and it was game over for Surrey, who finished on 195-7.

Ramprakash admitted fielding errors had cost his team dear.

He said: "We dropped Andrew Symonds early in his innings. We were a bit rusty in the field and we have to look at that as one of the reasons why we lost."

Lancashire Lightning: M B Loye, S G Law, A R Crook, A Flintoff A Symonds, D G Cork, M J Chilton (Capt), G Chapple, W K Hegg (Wkt) J M Anderson, G Keedy.

Surrey Lions: A D Brown, J G E Benning, S A Newman M R Ramprakash (Capt), R Clarke, J N Batty (Wkt), Azhar Mahmood I D K Salisbury, T J Murtagh, J W Dernbach, N D Doshi.

Umpires: I J Gould and G Sharp


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