Storm Bronagh halts Surrey bid for perfect 10 as Somerset match is abandoned

Will Macpherson
Storm Bronagh halts Surrey bid for perfect 10 as Somerset match is abandoned

Surrey’s run of nine straight County Championship victories was ended in “very frustrating” fashion on Friday morning, as their match against Somerset in Taunton was abandoned.

Umpires deemed the pitch unfit to play on after heavy wind and rain had blown off the covers, with Surrey needing seven wickets for victory.

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Somerset were 168 for three in their second innings, requiring 171 runs to make Surrey bat again.

Surrey secured their first Championship title since 2002 last week and have won 10 of their 13 matches. Their last match, at the Kia Oval, is against Essex from Monday.

“Not even additional sandbags and secondary ties on covers could hold them in place. Apologies to those coming but that was a prolonged and exceptional storm,” tweeted Andrew Cornish, Somerset’s chief executive.

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said: “It’s very frustrating. We were trying to win a game, 10 on the bounce, and it’s been taken out of our hands.”