Kent ease to victory
Kent cruised to an eight-wicket win over Surrey in their Friends Life t20 clash at Beckenham.
Last Updated: 17/06/12 6:33pm
Kent cruised to an eight-wicket win over Surrey in their Friends Life t20 clash at Beckenham thanks to an unbeaten stand of 69 from skipper Rob Key and Darren Stevens.
The Lions won the toss and decided to bat but they were soon in trouble as they lost Jason Roy for a duck first ball of the innings.
Skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown (7) also fell cheaply as Surrey slumped to 13-2 before Steven Davies steadied the ship with a useful 31 off 27 deliveries.
Davies was eventually run out and when Matthew Spriegel was sent back to the pavilion by Adam Ball (2-23), the visitors were left reeling at 62-5.
But Gary Wilson (53 not out off 43 balls) invigorated the innings after making the most of twice being dropped, the Irishman ably supported by Zafar Ansari (15), as they finished their knock on 116-7.
Kent responded positively in reply, the hosts reaching 40 before Sam Billings (18) was trapped leg before by Jade Dernbach.
Azhar Mahmood Sagar followed soon afterwards but there were to be no further breakthroughs for Surrey, as Key (51 off 46) and Stevens (43 off 25) led the Spitfires home.
Stevens hit four sixes in his knock, the final one of which off the bowling of Ansari secured victory with 22 balls to spare.