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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 July, 2003, 21:13 GMT 22:13 UK
Hollioake hails Lions display
Surrey captain Adam Hollioake praised a near flawless performance by his team as they crushed Warwickshire by nine wickets to win the inaugural Twenty20 Cup.

James Ormond takes a wicket
Warwickshire had no answer to Ormond's pace and hostility

"It makes us all very proud to go out and nail it in the way we did. Everything slotted into place," he said.

"It's maybe not the biggest one out there - but at the moment it is and we'll be celebrating it like any other [trophy win]."

The victory continues a run of success which has seen Surrey win the County Championship in three of the past four years and lift the B&H Cup in 2001.

James Ormond was named Man of the Match after his four-wicket burst with the new ball, and Ian Ward and Alistair Brown then saw Surrey to the brink of victory with an opening stand of 100.

"Our guys bowled a particularly good line and length. There was a little bit in it - I don't know if that was because of the lights.

"There was certainly some swing in the two semis but in the final it just tended to nip a little bit off the seam," said Ward.

The left-hander acknowledged that after seeing the life their own bowlers had extracted from the pitch, he and opening partner Brown had been in no mood to hang about as they chased a modest target of 116.

"I got off to a flier and then Browny followed me. When you're chasing down a target like that, it sometimes pays to be ultra-positive and try and take a big chunk out of it as early as you can."

Ormond was delighted by Surrey's overall effort, having defended a total of 147 against Gloucestershire earlier in the day.

"It swung around early doors for us and it made bowling a lot easier," the former Leicestershire paceman commented.

"I thought both performances were good all-round team performances - this one especially - but the semi-final was pleasing because everyone chipped in and played a part."

Asked for their opinions of the competition in its first season, the Surrey team were unanimous in their support.

"Don't ask us, you just have to look at the crowds - they are the judge of whether something is a good product or not," Hollioake commented.




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