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Surrey slump to another defeat

ESPN staff
July 5, 2012
Sam Northeast goes on the attack against Surrey © Getty Images

Kent kept their Friends Life t20 qualification hopes alive by securing a 48-run win over Surrey in a low-scoring thriller on a turning pitch at The Oval.

In front of a 13,500 crowd, the hosts fielded four spinners to restrict Kent to a seemingly modest 136 for eight. Yet Kent's patched-up attack performed wonders to skittle the demoralised hosts for 88 with 15 balls to spare to leave their plans of reaching the quarter-finals in tatters. It was Surrey's lowest 'all out total' since t20 started 10 seasons ago.

Hamish Marshall led from the front as Gloucestershire boosted their hopes of a quarter-final place with an seven-wicket Friends Life t20 win over Midlands/Wales/West Division leaders Worcestershire at Bristol.

The skipper hit a scintillating 72 off 49 balls, with six fours and a six, sharing a second-wicket stand of 142 in 15 overs with impressive Australian debutant Ed Cowan (70) as the hosts chased down a target of 160 for victory with 12 balls to spare.

Essex kept alive their hopes of gaining a place in the quarter-finals when they beat Middlesex by two wickets in their South Group clash at Chelmsford. Replying to a disappointing total of 109 all out, Essex got home with 14 balls to spare on the back of a superb innings from Mark Pettini.

Phil Jaques' unbeaten half-century helped Yorkshire guarantee their place in the last eight with a comfortable six-wicket win over Nottinghamshire in the North Group at Trent Bridge. Jaques struck four fours and a solitary six in his 58 not out off 47 balls while Adam Lyth (33) and Gary Ballance (26 not out) provided able support to help the White Rose chase their target of 149 with 14 balls to spare.

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