The Surrey Lions strengthened their chances of securing a place in the Friends Life t20 quarter finals thanks to a 21 run victory over the Middlesex Panthers at the Kia Oval.
Faced with a run chase of 164, the Panthers failed to get going and although Scott Newman smashed an impressive half century the Lions held on to record their 3rd victory in this year’s tournament.
Newman dispatched seven fours and one sixe during his innings of 61 but it wasn’t enough to help the Panthers move off the bottom of the table to keep their faint hopes of reaching the knock out stages alive.
Despite the loss of Neil Dexter (7) early on, Paul Stirling got the innings off to a good scoring 34 runs before he was trapped LBW by Gareth Batty in the 5th over.
With the openers back in the dug out, Newmand and Dawid Malan (27) shared a 3rd wicket stand of 87 but with the run rate increasing the pair were unable to chase down the Lions total.
Having batted first, the Lions recorded a total of 163-5, thanks in part to Tom Maynard and Yasir Arafat who shared a 6th wicket stand of 57 which came from just 27 deliveries to give the home side the momentum.
Maynard (50) led the way, ending the innings as the Lions top scorer thanks to a 37 ball delivery; Yasir Arafat offered support, smashing 28 runs from just 17 deliveries.
Jason Roy (32) and Rory Hamilton-Brown (30) got the Lions innings off to a good start after Steve Davies (3) was dismissed by Steven Crook at the start of the 3rd over.
The Panthers struck back after they removed Roy and Hamilton-Brown in quick succession before Maynard and Yasir Arafat took the game away from the visitors.