LONDON: Gloucestershire kept up their amazing winning record in finals at Lord’s as they pulled off a thrilling six-run One-Day Cup win over Surrey.
Jade Dernbach’s superb 6-35, finished with a hat-trick, saw Gloucestershire all out for 220 in the 48th over.
Kumar Sangakkara (60) and Rory Burns (56) then shared a stand of 101 to put Surrey in control on 143-2.
But eight wickets went down for 71 runs as they were all out for 214 with three balls remaining in the final over.
It was Gloucestershire’s ninth win in 10 Lord’s one-day finals – and the perfect way for winning captain Geraint Jones, who had earlier hit a half-century himself, to bow out in his final game before retirement.
For dejected opposite number Gareth Batty – caught by man-of-the-match Jack Taylor in the final over to spark wild scenes of Gloucestershire jubilation – it was the former Worcestershire and England spinner’s third Lord’s final defeat, all of them by Gloucestershire.
They did not appear to have put enough runs on the board despite a Jones-inspired recovery from 108-5 to 220-7, in which man of the match Jack Taylor contributed 35 off 26 balls.
And 15 deliveries were left unused after Dernbach finished off the innings by claiming the wickets of Jones (50), and then Craig Miles and David Payne for successive first-ball ducks.
Surrey lost openers Jason Roy and Steven Davies early during a superb new-ball spell by James Fuller (2-34), but Sangakkara and Burns gradually got on top.
However, just when Surrey looked to have the game in their grasp, both were out in the space of 13 balls and the tail buckled under mounting pressure as they suffered their sixth defeat in 11 Lord’s finals.
It briefly looked as if 17-year-old Sam Curran (37) might steer Surrey home against the county for whom his late father Kevin used to play.
But he holed out on the long-on boundary off the first ball of the final over, and skipper Batty followed two balls later, picking out man of the match Taylor at deep mid-wicket.