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Symonds and Roy put Kent to the sword in Beckenham

Tuesday 22nd June 2010

Martin van Jaarsveld hit a superb 82 from 49 balls in a losing cause

Kent Spitfires v Surrey Lions, Friends Provident t20 South Group, Beckenham.
By Mark Pennell
Former St Lawrence favourite Andrew Symonds returned to the Garden of England to haunt his former club and inspire Surrey to a comfortable 38- run win in the Friends Provident t20 local-derby in Beckenham.
Symonds hit 31 from 16 balls with the bat as he and teenager Jason Roy, with an unbeaten 101 in only his third Twenty20 game, piled on the runs and the agony as the Lions posted 201 for four.
Roy, a right-hander from Reigate who cut his teeth playing at Whitgift School, plundered 11 fours and five sixes and featured in stands of 78 with Steven Davies (42) and then 63 in five overs in tandem with Symonds, who hit four boundaries and a six as Surrey sprinted along at 10-an-over.
After Chris Tremlett had Rob Key (0) and Geraint Jones (5) caught behind in his opening two overs, it was left to Symonds to derail the Kent run chase with a career-best haul of five for 18.
Azhar Mahmood, with 34 from 23 balls, and Martin van Jaarsveld, who top-scored with 82 from 49 deliveries, tried their best to keep Kent in contention but Surrey were certain winners once the asking rate ballooned beyond 18 going into the final five overs.
With six defeats in eight starts, Kent will need a rapid reversal in fortunes if they are to reach finals day for a fourth successive season.