Kent ease past Brown Caps

Surrey bowlers fail to contain home batsmen

Last Updated: 26/06/11 7:30pm

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Mahmood: Impressed with bat and ball for Kent

Mahmood: Impressed with bat and ball for Kent

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Azhar Mahmood and Martin van Jaarsveld played starring roles as Kent won their Friends Life t20 clash with Surrey by six wickets.

The experienced duo added 112 in 13 overs for Kent's third wicket after Dirk Nannes had bowled both Rob Key and Joe Denly in his explosive opening over.

But Van Jaarsveld, with a 39-ball 62, and Mahmood - who added 49 from 36 balls to his bowling figures of 2-26 - were equal to the task as Kent eased to 153-4 with 11 balls remaining.

Van Jaarsveld eventually mishit Yasir Arafat to mid-wicket in the 15th over and when Mahmood was caught at long off in the next over, it was left to Darren Stevens and Sam Northeast to complete the comfortable victory.

Stuttering

Surrey's total of 150-4 was based on a stand of 103 in 14 overs by 22-year-old Tom Maynard, who hit 76 from 46 balls with four sixes and five fours in a dominant innings, and Zander de Bruyn.

The away side made a stuttering start, with Rory Hamilton-Brown and Jason Roy falling cheaply, as they struggled at 38-3 before Maynard upped the pace.

However, De Bruyn could not match his partner's ability to accelerate and, despite coming in during the fifth over and ending on 25 not out, he did not hit a single boundary from the 44 balls he faced.

Maynard fell in the 19th over, held at long-on off the returning Mahmood, and his efforts at least gave Surrey's bowlers something to defend.

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