Pettini is the star in Eagles victory

Source - sportinglife.com

Essex's Mark Pettini smashed a brilliant half century to ensure his team cruised to a seven-wicket victory with five overs to spare over Surrey in the Twenty20 Cup at the Brit Oval.

He went on to score 66 from 35 balls with five fours and five sixes after Surrey had finished on 126 for nine with spinner Danish Kaneira finishing with figures of three for 22.

Pettini was eventually dismissed with 22 runs still needed when he was beaten by a slower ball from Jimmy Ormond.

Essex lost their first wicket in the third over when Varun Chopra drove at an outswinger from Matthew Nicholson and edged to Jonathan Batty behind the stumps.

Pettini and the in-form Ravi Bopara had taken advantage of some wayward bowling and shared a second wicket stand of 82 in seven overs before Bopara holed out to long leg for 22.

Earlier, Surrey got off to a terrible start losing their first wicket in the very first over when Scott Newman was caught behind for one off an attempted drive.

Then David Masters snapped up the wicket of James Benning in the second over also for a single as the Surrey opener tried a pull a ball that kept low and was given out leg before wicket.

The prized wicket of Mark Ramprakash (one) went to Graham Napier who clean bowled the former England batsman as he tried to force the ball through the leg side as the Brown Caps struggled to 10 for three.

Both Alistair Brown and Usman Afzaal steadied the ship and shared a 59-run partnership before Kaneira dismissed Afzaal for 25 in his first over as Bopara took a superb running catch.

In his next over, the Pakistan spinner deceived Brown, clean bowling the Surrey veteran off an attempted sweep after he had scored 35 to leave the Brown Caps on 76 for five.

After Batty had struck a couple of mighty blows, the Surrey wicketkeeper tried to make room to smash through the off side, but missed a straight one from Ryan ten Doeschate and was bowled for 21.

With score on 107 for six, Surrey then lost three more wickets without adding a run. First to go was Chris Lewis for two, trapped leg before in the 17th over.

That was soon followed two balls later, when Matthew Nicholson was run out by a direct hit from Napier for seven and then Chris Jordan was brilliantly stumped by James Foster for a duck giving Kaneira his third wicket.
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