Hollioake steers Surrey to victory

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Surrey, the outgoing Sunday League champions, just failed to make it into a prize-money position, despite a five-wicket victory over Lancashire - their fourth in five games as they finished in fifth place.

Alec Stewart delighted a 5,000 crowd at The Oval, their highest Sunday attendance of the season, by steering the home side to their 207 target after they had been treated to Ben Hollioake's first half-century in the AXA League.

Hollioake had luck on his side when 43, flicking Gary Keedy through John Crawley's hands on the deep square-leg boundary for six. After lofting Gary Yates over long on for a second six, Hollioake was run out for 61 by Neil Fairbrother's throw from deep extra cover. Stewart steadied matters and was unbeaten on 67 when Nadeem Shahid hit the winning boundary with 17 balls to spare.

Lancashire's 206 for 8 was founded on a fourth-wicket partnership of 80 between Fairbrother, who scored 54 from 76 balls and Graham Lloyd, whose 41 off 56 included the game's most spectacular shot, a straight driven six off the spinner Rupesh Amin, which landed in the middle tier of the pavilion.

A collapse by Nottinghamshire which saw four wickets tumble in the space of 16 balls while just 17 runs were added saw Middlesex gain their third Sunday win of the season in remarkable circumstances at Lord's.

Paul Johnson, the Nottinghamshire captain, played magnificently, scoring a century off 66 balls. He took his side to the brink of victory but after his dismissal, caught at long off for 100, panic set in and the task of scoring eight runs off the last over proved too much for the eighth-wicket pair of Justin Bates and Wayne Noon. The innings ending on 230 for 7, one run short of Middlesex's total.

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