Symonds turns on the power
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds smashed seven sixes in a spectacular 32-ball innings of 62 to help Surrey Lions beat Kent Spitfires by 16 runs in a rain-ruined Friends Provident t20 clash at the Brit Insurance Oval.
The former Kent player put his poor form behind him and returned to haunt his old team-mates with a destructive show of power-hitting that rescued Surrey from a dismal start and steered them to a third South Group win.
The Spitfires had reached 81 for five after 12.5 overs of the pursuit when rain arrived at 6.20pm to confirm Surrey's deserved victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Batting first on a gloomy evening after Kent won the toss, Surrey found themselves four down after only 31 balls and with only 35 on the board.
Rory Hamilton-Brown, fresh from a career-best 73 not out at Lord's yesterday evening, went leg before for three when trying to whip a full-length ball from Darren Stevens through midwicket.
Two balls later, Stevens' medium pace also accounted for Steven Davies, edging an airy drive to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, who was stood up to the stumps.
Stevens, who finished with 3-17, struck again in his third over when Mark Ramprakash mistimed a drive to Rob Key at short extra-cover.
Younus Khan soon followed for 11, toe-ending an audacious flick over midwicket at Simon Cook on to off stump.
Symonds marched in to spark Surrey's fightback with a show of pyrotechnics as he and Stewart Walters added 95 inside 10.4 overs for the fifth wicket.
The pair were particularly severe on spinners James Tredwell and Malinga Bandara. Walters smashed two sixes over long-on off Tredwell then Symonds leant back to chip another six into the second tier of the members' pavilion at Bandara’s expense.
Tredwell switched to the Vauxhall End only for Symonds to whip two one-handed sixes over the ropes at midwicket, but the stand ended when Walters was run out for 42, made at almost a run a ball.
Having opened his shoulders one last time to smite a seventh six off Azhar Mahmood, mighty Symonds was yorked next ball making room for a cut.
Set to chase 151 at an asking rate of 7.6 an over, Kent made a miserable start by losing both openers to run-outs.
Captain Key slipped when backing up, allowing Symonds to swoop from cover, then, with drizzle falling, Martin van Jaarsveld slid following confusion over a single and was sent packing by Chris Schofield' s direct hit.
Sam Northeast fell for 10 to a Tim Linley yorker then Symonds took a return catch off a leading edge to send back Jones for 12.
Alex Blake was caught behind for 12 aiming to steer a short delivery from Andre Nel to third man, before the heavens opened to wash away any lingering hopes of a Kent comeback.