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Reigate Priory breaks 12-year silence to lift Twenty20 trophy once more Posted On 23 July 2021

2009 was the year which last saw the team become champions of the Twenty20 Championship

 

Surrey last won the Twenty20 Championship in 2009, 12 years ago, and Reigate Priory chairman, John Bramhall, has said, “it’s a big thing for the club and with a lot of youngsters in the side it shows so much promise for the future.”

In that triumphant team back in 2009 was Jason Roy, England opener and Priory stalwart, a team considered by many to be a unit full of experience.

Bramhall was particularly pleased for what he considers to be the homegrown talent in the squad which was capable enough to beat the likes of Ashtead in the semi-final, before then going on to beat host club and fellow Premier Division outfit East Molesey by three runs in front of a vast crowd.

“It went wonderfully well, with a pretty young side we managed to win the thing,” said Bramhall. “To beat Ashtead in the semis was good. After about two or three minutes we were three down for one run. Richie Oliver was out first ball of the match when he chopped it on. We drove into the ground to watch him play the first ball on to his stumps. We lost two more wickets in the next over-and-a-half. But we recovered and in the event won quite easily.

“East Molesey are comfortably top [of the Premier Division] at the moment and setting the standards. In the final, they were 70-odd for two chasing against us and looking very comfortable at halfway but they collapsed in the second half and ended up nine down and we won by three runs. There were a lot of supporters there, making a lot of noise. The sun shone and East Molesey looked a picture. It was a good day and a fantastic achievement for the lads.”

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