Middlesex overcome Batty's four-wicket haul to register one-wicket win

Kumar Sangakkara (right) played another fine knock for Surrey
Kumar Sangakkara (right) played another fine knock for Surrey
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Middlesex 161-9 (Batty 4-14) beat
Surrey 158-9 (Sangakkara 70) by one wicket
Natwest T20 Blast, South Group, Lord's

A 70-run knock from Kumar Sangakkara and a four-wicket haul from Gareth Batty went in vain as Middlesex completed a thrilling one wicket victory over Surrey in their Natwest T20 Blast South Group encounter at Lord's.

Surrey won the toss and decided to bat first. Dominic Sibley (5) was caught behind in the third over bowled by Tim Southee (2-23) but Aaron Finch (20) played a blistering 12-ball knock to get the innings going.

Kumar Sangakkara (70) continued the onslaught but regular fall of wickets at the other end coming from Tom Helm (3-29) and Paul Stirling (2-16) dented Middlesex's momentum and eventually they were restricted to 158 for nine in the 20 overs.

Stirling (23) and Dawid Malan (41) gave a brisk start for Middlesex taking them to 37 for one in 3.3 overs before the former was dismissed by Ravi Rampaul (2-41).

Malan looked in terrific touch during his 26-ball knock but Batty (4-14) brought Surrey back into the game with the wickets of Malan and Brendon McCullum (9).

Even though, Eoin Morgan (31) and James Franklin (23) kept Middlesex in the chase, Batty along with Tom Curran (2-34) restricted the hosts to 153 for nine in 18.1 overs. But the last wicket pair of Helm (0 not out) and Steven Finn (4 not out) held their nerve to complete the chase with one wicket in hand.

Helm was awarded the player of the match for setting up the win with a three wicket haul.

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