Eastbourne’s Tom Smith enjoyed success as Gloucestershire cricketers held their nerve to pull off an unlikely six-run victory over Surrey in the Royal London Cup final at Lord’s.
Smith made 20 before he was run out as Gloucestershire reached 220 all out. He then took the wickets of Gary Wilson and Azhar Mahmood as he ended with figures of 2-42 from 10 overs.
Jack Taylor’s contribution with ball and bat ultimately proved decisive in the tensest of finishes, as Gloucestershire defied Jade Dernbach’s career-best bowling, and his hat-trick for good measure.
The once perennial Lord’s final winners were also delivering a memorably heartening farewell for Geraint Jones - whose hard-working half-century in his final match rescued a competitive 220 all out.
Surrey then fell just short on 214 all out, after a third-wicket century stand between Kumar Sangakkara (60) and Rory Burns (56) had appeared to put them on course for a comfortable chase at one stage.
Instead, two wickets fell to David Payne in the final over - teenager Sam Curran and Surrey captain Gareth Batty - as the result was sealed with three balls left.
Skipper Michael Klinger said, “This team has the makings of something special.
“Winning a trophy has come a bit quicker than expected but I said to the boys before the quarter-final that sometimes you win before you are ready and it’s just your time. We showed in this competition that we can perform well under pressure and there is certainly a big future for us. Now we have a great opportunity for us to keep building.”