Surrey bounced back from defeat in their opening Friends Life t20 South Group match as some sensational death bowling from Jade Dernbach helped them to beat Sussex Sharks by 10 runs at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.
Jason Roy made 42 from 33 balls as Surrey were restricted to 157 for six thanks to some fine bowling by Dwayne Smith and Chris Liddle.
Sussex looked on course for victory with Rory Hamilton-Brown, Scott Styris and Michael Yardy guiding them to 130 for four with three overs remaining.
But Sussex then collapsed under pressure to finish on 147 for seven with Azhar Mahmood conceding just four runs from the penultimate over and Dernbach the same from a brilliant last over to finish with figures of 3-15.
Roy got Surrey’s innings off to a decent start but their scoring rate dipped as Vikram Solanki and Steven Davies failed to find the boundaries. Roy hit a six and three fours as he tried to up the tempo but then edged behind swiping at a ball from Chris Liddle.
Things got worse for Surrey two balls later when Liddle added the wicket of Glenn Maxwell for just six to leave the visitors on 88 for four in the 13th over.
Smith kept things tight and added the wicket of Zafar Ansari to the earlier scalp of Solanki as he finished with figures of 2-11 from three overs.
Only a late onslaught from Mahmood and Gary Wilson got Surrey up past the 150-mark, with 40 coming off the final three overs. Chris Jordan was on the receiving end with his final two overs going for 32 to finish with expensive figures of 2-48.
Despite a poor finish Sussex will have been happy to restrict Surrey to under 160, but they lost Chris Nash in only the second over of their reply.
Dernbach then got rid of England team-mate Luke Wright and fellow big-hitter Smith in his first over to put the Sharks under pressure.
Hamilton-Brown responded by hitting Gareth Batty for a six and two fours in his opening over as he raced to 34 from 24 balls before being bowled by Zander de Bruyn.
The experienced duo of Yardy and Styris guided Sussex to within 21 runs of victory with a 56-run partnership of contrasting styles.
Yardy played the anchor role while Styris smashed three huge sixes in his 35 off 19 balls before holing out off de Bruyn in the 18th over.
That seemed to derail Sussex completely and Mahmood and Dernbach ensured Surrey celebrated a comfortable win.