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Hampshire profit from Surrey slump

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Hampshire beat Surrey by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method to record their fifth straight victory in the Friends Life t20 and close the gap on South Group leaders Sussex to one point.

Rain led to a delayed start at the Kia Oval, but the match, which was reduced to 10 overs per side, eventually got under way in light drizzle at 8.20pm. Having won the toss, Surrey posted 84 for four.

Kevin Pietersen, making his first appearance in the competition since announcing his retirement from limited-overs international cricket, was brilliantly caught at extra cover off the first ball of the match from Liam Dawson.

Liam Dawson

Liam Dawson celebrates the wicket of Kevin Pietersen with the first ball of the innings as Hampshire do the double over Surrey

But Steven Davies gave the hosts a platform from which to build on by clubbing 30 in 11 deliveries, with the aid of six fours, before picking out Chris Wood at mid-off in the third over.

Surrey were pegged back further in the fifth over when Jason Roy was caught at wide long-on to hand Dawson a second wicket.

With Zander de Bruyn only managing to score eight off 14 balls before being bowled around his legs by Wood, the hosts were indebted to Zafar Ansari's unbeaten 35 in 25 deliveries, which included five fours.

In reply, Hampshire made 63 without loss in 5.4 overs.

A superb opening over from Dirk Nannes, which yielded just two singles, briefly put Surrey in the ascendancy. However, with James Vince hitting three boundaries, 17 runs came off the next over, bowled by Chris Tremlett.

By the end of the fifth over Vince, in tandem with Jimmy Adams, had taken the game by the scruff of the neck, leaving Hampshire needing 34 off five overs.

Adams lifted Stuart Meaker over midwicket for six but, with the rain intensifying, the contest was halted shortly after the ball slipped out of Meaker's hand and flew to the boundary for four no-balls.

With no prospect of getting the game restarted, Adams and Vince finished unbeaten on 28 and 24 respectively, having both faced 18 balls.

The result means that Surrey, who have now suffered four successive defeats in the FLt20, remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

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