Recent Match Report – Surrey vs Sussex South Group 2021


Only five overs possible as unbeaten South Group sides have to share points

Surrey 53 for 2 vs Sussex – Match abandoned

It takes something special for 4,000 or so supporters to pitch up to the Kia Oval, watch only five overs of cricket, and head home in the drizzle without feeling short-changed, but two young stars of this season’s Vitality Blast ensured there were some lasting memories for the hardy few. A heavy rain shower put paid to this match between the competition’s only two unbeaten sides after a gunslinging start, but Archie Lenham and Will Jacks both provided glimpses of their star quality in the 30 legitimate balls that were possible.

Lenham, the 16-year-old legspinner, who looks not a day older than his age, was the first to shine. Lenham was born a year after the first season of the Twenty20 Cup, making him the first “Blast Baby”, and has been given first-team opportunities at the start of this season with Rashid Khan still at the Pakistan Super League. He has taken four wickets – three of them live on Sky – and conceded only 7.37 runs an over to date, but it was a stunning effort in the field that caught the eye on Thursday night.

Lenham had dropped a straightforward catch at short third man in the televised game against Hampshire last week, and when Jason Roy sent a skier over his head at short fine leg off the third ball of the match, the sensible money was on the ball. It is unlikely that a single one of the 4000 or so supporters in the ground backed Lenham to scramble 30 yards back from the edge of the ring to the boundary and settle under the catch, but with his legs whirring like the Road Runner, he managed to cover the ground while staring up into the floodlights and a gloomy Kennington sky.

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