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Spitfires win thriller by one run at The Brit Oval

Tuesday 23rd June 2009

THETWENTY20 CUP: SURREYBROWNCAPSLOSTTOTHE KENTSPITFIRES BYONERUN
24 June at The Brit Oval

Kent won the toss and decided to bat

Kent Innings: 168 for 6, 20 overs
van Jaarsveld 54, Key 44, Kemp 17
Schofield 2 for 42, Afzaal 1for 9, Nel 1 for 22

Surrey Innings: 167 all out, 19.4 overs
Afzaal 62, Benning 38, Spriegel 13
Stevens 2 for 21, Mahmood 2 for 32, Tredwell 1 for 26

THEKent Spitfires have given themselves an excellent chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Twenty20 Cup after a thrilling one-run win over Surrey Brown Caps at the Brit Oval.

Set 169 to win, Surrey’s target from the final over was reduced to just eight when Spitfires were handed a six-run penalty for a slow over rate.

With the last pair at the wicket, you felt Kent were slight favourites before South African Andre Nel struck a four to leave the Brown Caps needing just three runs from four deliveries.

Advantage Surrey but bowler Ryan McLaren and fielder Martin van Jaarsveld (pictured) kept their composure to run out last man Jade Dernbach as the home side tried to complete a tight single.

Earlier on van Jaarsveld (54) and skipper Rob Key (44) were the chief run scorers as the Spitfires posted a decent total of 168 for six from their 20 overs.

The victory for Kent lifts them up to second in the South Division table, a point behind leaders Sussex Sharks, who have played a game more.

The Kent Spitfires are back in action against on Friday when they play the Hampshire Hawks at The Rose Bowl.

Surrey Brown Caps: Newman, Afzaal (C), Ramprakash, Benning, Elliott, Walters, Spriegel, Wilson (W), Schofield, Nel, Dernbach

Kent Spitfires: Denly, Key (C), van Jaarsveld, Jones (W), Stevens, Kemp, Mahmood, McLaren, Tredwell, Cook, Joseph

Umpires: N L Bainton andI J Gould

Picture courtesy of www.arpics.co.uk.