Will Jacks admitted Surrey were “gutted” after losing their thrilling Vitality Blast quarter-final to Yorkshire by one run.
Winners of the South Group, they had home advantage but were beaten by a side who had scrambled into the last eight on the back of Leicestershire being deducted two points.
Two makeshift teams – both missing several players called away for England’s T20 series against India – produced a fine spectacle and Surrey looked hot favourites when they needed just five to win from the last six balls with five wickets in hand.
But Jordan Thompson produced a fine over, taking two wickets, as Surrey crumbled within sight of reaching their second finals day in three seasons.
Acting captain Jacks, taking charge for the first time in the absence of Chris Jordan – missing on international duty alongside Jason Roy, Sam Curran and Reece Topley – was left to rue the defeat.
He said: “We’re gutted with that. We won ten of our first 11 games and 95 per cent of the time we were very good. It’s just that little five per cent wins or loses you games.”
Chasing 161 for victory, Surrey were definite underdogs at 91 for five in the 14th over only for Jamie Overton’s barnstorming 40 from 21 balls to drag them back into the match, his run out from the fourth ball of the final over effectively condemning the hosts.
Jacks added: “Jamie played a brilliant innings – when he first came in we were behind the game and then with one over left we were ahead of it.
“Five runs off six balls – more often than not you’re going to win chasing that but Thompson bowled a great over.”