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Kent overpower Surrey Lions to keep quarter final hopes alive

Thursday 14th July 2011

Men’s First Team

Kent have kept their hopes of a Friends Life t20 quarter final place alive, winning a thrilling match against Surrey at The Oval by 15 runs.

Kent won the toss and elected to bat. Despite a slow start, the Spitfires gathered momentum, with Darren Stevens (43) the man of the match, hitting five sixes and two fours, making him now the highest run scorer in English t20 cricket. Azhar Mahmood made a solid 60 from 40 balls, taking Kent to 181 for 9.

Jason Roy (53) gave Surrey a fighting chance, but Charl Langeveldt’s 3 for 37 and Wahab Riaz’s 3 for 47 restricted Surrey Lions to 166 all out. Azhar Mahmood sealed victory for the Spitfires by running out Zafar Ansari.

Kent move up the South Group table above Surrey and must beat Essex Eagles on Friday to ensure a quarter final place. Tomorrow night’s sell out match in Chelmsford will also be televised.

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Photo by Sarah Ansell