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Group B leaders Hampshire maintained their quest for the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals with a four-wicket win over third-placed Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.

After slumping to 34 for four, an innings-saving stand of 94 between Matt Spriegel and Zander de Bruyn, who made 47 and 57 respectively, lifted Surrey to 175 for nine.

Michael Carberry, returning from injury, excelled with 54 as Hampshire eased home with 3.5 overs to spare.

Michael Carberry & Steven Davies

Michael Carberry returns from injury in emphatic style, hitting a half-century as Hampshire defeated Surrey in the CB40 today

Liam Dawson dismissed Rory Hamilton-Brown and Kevin Pietersen in successive balls before Chris Wood bowled Jason Roy. Steven Davies then departed for 24 to leave Surrey reeling.

However, Spriegel and de Bruyn fought back in a fruitful 22-over stand that got Surrey back on track.

Danny Briggs broke the partnership when he had Spriegel caught in the deep and when de Bruyn's bright 69-ball knock came to an end, Surrey fell away, losing their last four wickets for one run.

Paceman David Griffiths returned 3-29 and then ran out Murali Kartik before Wood bowled Gareth Batty.

James Vince was run out in the fourth over when Hampshire responded but the hosts never looked likely to fail in their mission.

Opener Carberry lasted 94 balls before being lbw to Kartik and Hampshire nerves were tested when Dawson was out to see them reduced to 150 for six.

Michael Bates and Sean Ervine came together with 26 needed from just under five overs and progress was slow against Zafar Ansari and Jade Dernbach.

But Bates lifted Ansari for six in the 38th over and the rest was a formality as Hampshire breezed to their seventh competition victory.

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