Hampshire make Surrey pay
Surrey's top-order suffered a major collapse to gift Hampshire their fourth successive Friends Life t20 victory courtesy of a seven-wicket triumph at the Ageas Bowl.
The visitors lost Steven Davies to the last ball of the first over, Murali Kartik and Jason Roy in the second and then Rory Hamilton-Brown midway through the third as they slipped to nine for four after winning the toss.
Surrey slipped to 42 for six when Gary Wilson and Matthew Spriegel departed, leaving Zafar Ansari, who made an unbeaten 38, and Gareth Batty to lift their side to 94 with an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 52.
Hampshire swept past that total with 27 balls to spare as James Vince struck 25 and Glenn Maxwell compiled an unbeaten 22.
Surrey were in trouble from the first over when spinner Liam Dawson found a way through Davies' defences to bowl the opener for three.
But their plight worsened in the next set of six when Dimitri Mascarenhas dismissed Kartik for a golden duck and three balls later got rid of Roy, who sliced to short third man.
When Hamilton-Brown was run out by Danny Briggs the damage was done. Wilson was stumped by vigilant wicketkeeper Michael Bates and Spriegel soon followed to spinner Maxwell.
At least Ansari and Batty, with 23 not out, prevented a rout, the former hitting the only six of the innings, but it was never going to be enough.
Vince and Jimmy Adams put on 43 for the first Hampshire wicket before Kartik caused some minor concern in the home camp with three quick wickets.
Vince and Adams followed in successive overs, both stumped by Davies, and with the score on 53, Simon Katich was leg before.
But Hampshire had plenty of time and enough batsmen left, with Neil McKenzie and Maxwell easing them home with a stand of 42 in seven overs.
Maxwell, a 23-year-old from Victoria, continued his spectacular T20 spell with Hampshire by lifting Ansari for his only six.
McKenzie was unbeaten with 20 as Hampshire reached their target after 15.3 overs to move onto nine points in the South Group, three behind leaders Sussex and five clear of last-placed Surrey.