Surrey edge out Gloucestershire in tense chase after Curran brilliance

Sam Curran (centre) picked four wickets for Surrey
Sam Curran (centre) picked four wickets for Surrey
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Surrey 134-8 (Henriques 45) beat
Gloucestershire 130-9 (Curran 4-13) by two wickets
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Kennington Oval

Sam Curran registered figures of 13 for four to restrict Gloucestershire to 130 for nine following which Surrey managed to complete the chase in the final over with two wickets in hand in the South Group encounter of the Natwest T20 Blast at Kennington Oval.

Gloucestershire won the toss and decided to bat first but they were dealt a major blow when Curran (4-13) picked three wickets in a span of four deliveries in the third over to account for Michael Klinger (11), Phil Mustard (9) and Cameron Bancroft (0) to reduce them to 20 for three.

Ian Cockbain (16) struck hat-trick of boundaries in the fourth over but soon became the fourth victim of Curran as Gloucestershire were reduced to 38 for four inside the powerplay.

Benny Howell (15) and Kieran Noema-Barnett (24) struck a brief 39 run stand for the fifth wicket before an indecision in running led to the dismissal of the latter. From there on, the innings hardly gained any momentum with only Jack Taylor (28) and Graeme van Buuren (13) showing some resistance as Gloucestershire managed to post 130 for nine in the 20 overs.

Craig Miles (3-25) picked both the openers Aaron Finch (7) and Jason Roy (5) in his first two overs as Surrey managed to reach 35 for two in the powerplay.

Moises Henriques (45) held one end up and had brief support from Ollie Pope (16), Curran (12) and Rikki Clarke (15) to keep Surrey in the hunt.

Surrey were left with 20 runs to win in the final three overs and despite losing Rikki Clarke (10), Curran and Stuart Meaker (6), they completed the chase in 19.2 overs with two wickets in hand. Surrey now move to third in the South Group table.

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