Surrey 156-7 (Finch 40) beat
Middlesex 141-7 (Franklin 38) by 15 runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Kennington Oval
Sam Curran and Gareth Batty shared five wickets between them as Surrey managed to restrict Middlesex to 141 runs in a chase of 157 to complete a 15-run victory in the South Group encounter of the Natwest T20 Blast at Kennington Oval.
Surrey won the toss and decided to bat first. Jason Roy (29) and Aaron Finch (40) provided a blistering start of 68 runs off just seven overs before the former was dismissed by Nathan Sowter (2-19).
Surrey soon lost the momentum after an indecision in running between Kevin Pietersen (4) and Finch led to the dismissal of the latter.
Pietersen in his brief nine-ball knock also suffered a calf injury that even prompted Middlesex captain Brendon McCullum to allow the former England captain to have a runner. However, he failed to capitalise on the opportunity and soon chipped a catch to the covers.
Kumar Sangakkara (18) and Dominic Sibley (23) struggled to get going but a late flourish from Ollie Pope (31) took Surrey's total to 156 for seven in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Brendon McCullum (0) fell in the first over while Sam (3-28) and Stuart Meaker (1-19) accounted for Dawid Malan (12) and Paul Stirling (6) respectively.
Eoin Morgan (32), James Franklin (38) and John Simpson (27) tried to wage fight but they could manage only 141 for seven in the 20 overs after Sam and Batty (2-29) bowled brilliantly throughout the game.
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