Lewis suffers t20 heartbreak
6:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
SWINDON cricketer Jon Lewis suffered Friends Life t20 final heartbreak as his Surrey side lost to Northamptonshire by 102 runs at Edgbaston on Saturday.
The veteran seamer’s day got off to the perfect start as he took his side’s first wicket in their semi-final victory over Hampshire with the prized scalp of Michael Carberry, but when the final arrived later in the day he could only watch on as Steelbacks player David Willey stole the show.
After plundering 60 with the bat as his side reached a mammoth 194-2 from a rain-reduced 18 overs, Willey then took 4-9 with the ball as his side bowled Surrey out for only 92 and ended the game with a stunning hat-trick.
Lewis was Willey’s second victim as he chipped down the ground after Zafar Ansari was caught in the deep, and when last man Chris Tremlett edged behind to diving wicketkeeper David Murphy the game was over.
Willey didn’t realise his fourth wicket had ended the match and admitted he had put in a ‘once in a lifetime’ performance: “To be honest I didn’t think we’d won and I thought there was another wicket needed,” he said.
“This is once in a lifetime.
“I will probably never play like this again so I should probably quit while I’m ahead.
“The guys are playing exceptional cricket, we enjoy each other’s company and we are all contributing.”
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