Surrey record their first win of the season

Surrey record their first win

Surrey record their first win of the T20 Blast 2018, thanks to the 222 runs they put on the board after opting to bat first on a flat Oval pitch. Aggressive fifties from Aaron Finch (58 off 33) and Ben Foakes (56 off 35) led the innings before Ollie Pope (31 off 20) and Rikki Clarke (48 off 20) combined to score 68 runs off the last 4.4 overs in a whirlwind finish.

It was always going to be a tall chase, and so it proved. Essex’s Varun Chopra led the effort with a 46-ball 67 at the top, helping with two fifty-plus-run stands for the first two wickets — first with Adam Wheeler and then with Tom Westley. But after latter’s departure in the 12th over, Gareth Batty struck in consecutive overs to derail the chase. Chopra’s run out in the 17th over followed by Matthew Pillans’s double-strike all but sealed the game for Surrey.

Brief Scores: Surrey 222/4 in 20 overs (Finch 58; Adam Zampa 2-20) beat Essex 183/7 in 20 overs (Varun Chopra 67; Pillans 3/34) by 39 runs

Hampshire vs Sussex, Southampton

It was easy for top-placed Sussex against bottom-placed Hampshire, who lost by 8 wickets. Captain Luke Wright struck 68 off 53 to lay the platform. He fell in the 17th over but Laurie Evans’s unbeaten 55 off 33 balls took Sussex home with 10 balls to spare.

Hampshire’s innings was interspersed by three-wicket hauls from Jofra Archer and Danny Briggs. Jofra sent James Vince (30 off 16) packing in the 5th over and Briggs then took over, striking twice in the 11th over — picking Sam Northeast and Rilee Rossouw — and then again in the 13th, when he picked Colin Munro. Archer returned in the death overs, twinning with Chris Jordan to make sure that only 18 runs were scored in the last three overs.

Brief Scores: Hampshire 158/7 in 20 overs (Tom Alsop 35*; Jofra Archer 3/26) lost to Sussex 161/2 in 18.2 overs (Luke Wright 68; Gareth Berg 2-33) by 8 wickets


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