Beaten Hampshire go through
Chris Tremlett took Twenty20-best figures of 4-16, against his former club, as Surrey kept up their charge for a place in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals by making short work of South Group leaders and holders Hampshire at the Kia Oval to record their fourth win in eight days.
The Royals, who had been beaten only once in their previous 13 FLt20 matches, never recovered from losing their first four wickets for nine runs in four overs, three of them to Tremlett, and were all out for 113 to lose by 38 runs.
However, Hampshire progressed to the quarter-finals courtesy of Sussex beating Kent at Canterbury, which means the Royals cannot finish lower than fourth in the South Group.
Chasing a target of 152, Hampshire lost Jimmy Adams, caught behind off Yasir Arafat, to the third ball of the innings and things went from bad to worse in Tremlett’s first two overs.
James Vince carved Tremlett to deep backward point where Dirk Nannes held a fine running catch, Neil McKenzie, who had already been dropped at fine-leg off Nannes, was caught behind and Sean Ervine slashed to Jason Roy at point.
Shahid Afridi, who had also been shelled off Nannes in the covers, and Liam Dawson saved Hampshire from a complete rout by putting on 51 in six overs for the fifth wicket, but then Afridi, who had made 36 off 26 balls with four fours and a six, was caught in the covers off Zafar Ansari.
Dawson went on to make 26, but he lost Dimitri Mascarenhas when he was run out by Roy’s magnificent pick-up and throw from long-on and was then run out himself in a dreadful mix-up with Dominic Cork.
Surrey owed their total of 151 for five largely to Tom Maynard, who went in when they were struggling at 31 for two and shared stands of 45 in five overs and 50 in six with Rory Hamilton-Brown and Zander de Bruyn respectively.
Roy and Steven Davies had both fallen to Mascarenhas, the former caught at fine-leg and the latter behind, when Maynard drove his second ball from Mascarenhas back over the bowler's head into the pavilion for six.
He also cleared the ropes off Afridi, but there was only one more boundary in his 47 off 38 balls before he was caught at midwicket off Cork.