Symonds fails as Surrey thrashed by Gloucestershire
FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, The Oval: Gloucestershire 98-0 (9.5 ovs) beat Surrey 97 (18.1 ovs) by 10 wickets Match scorecard
Symonds has played 198 one-day internationals for Australia
Australian star Andrew Symonds made one run on his FP t20 debut as Surrey were thrashed by Gloucestershire.
The home side were dismissed for just 97 with Rory Hamilton-Brown top-scoring with 41, while Pakistan star Younus Khan (two) also failed with the bat.
Gloucestershire needed less than 10 overs to knock off a 10-wicket win.
Their top performers were New Zealand seamer Ian Butler (3-8) and batsmen James Franklin (41 not out) and William Porterfield (47 not out).
To make matters even worse for beleaguered Surrey, woeful in the Championship as well this season, they left the field to boos from the crowd.
In front of a disappointing crowd of 4,900 - rain during much of the day in south London may have put off some spectators - Gloucestershire's seven-man attack made the most of a lively Oval pitch which initially assisted the seamers.
Batting first after losing the toss, Surrey lost half their side for 17 runs in the space of 34 balls.
The controversial Symonds, signed by the home side to play Twenty20 cricket nearly a year after he lost his Cricket Australia contract for disciplinary reasons, came in at number four, only to slice his second delivery into the hands of Vikram Banerjee at third man.
Captain Hamilton-Brown and last man Jade Dernbach (12) were the only batsmen to hit boundaries for Surrey as they collapsed. Matt Spriegel (25 not out) was the only other player to score more than four, while Hamilton-Brown and Spriegel stayed in long enough to face more than 10 deliveries - and three men were run out.
In reply, Gloucestershire eased to victory in their second game in the competition, after losing to Glamorgan on Friday.
Porterfield hit the only six of the night off Andre Nel, as his unbeaten 47 came off 31 balls, while Franklin's 29-ball knock contained six fours.
Afterwards, under-pressure Surrey manager Chris Adams, whose side are bottom of Division Two in the Championship, felt his team had been "blown away" by an "outstanding" Gloucestershire display.
Speaking immediately after Tuesday's televised game, the former Sussex captain said: "I didn't expect that, it came as a real shock. I just didn't expect the result, didn't expect the way the game followed a path. We were blown away within three or four overs and that was it - game over.
"Did we front up after that, did we use our brains? Not really. Did Gloucester turn up on a mission tonight? Yes they did.
"They were outstanding in all departments and I thought they played brilliantly. There's not much else I can say really, I just did not expect that result.
"We need patience, we need time, that's the currency you deal with in this type of job. We followed a path last year, we had a good clear-out, we are starting from scratch now and building foundations.
"I know that in three to five years this squad and this club will be very strong and will be competitive."
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