A five wicket haul by Dirk Nannes (5-40) and half centuries from Jason Roy and Steven Davies helped the Surrey Lions complete a nine run victory over the lowly Middlesex Panthers at Lords.
The victory strengthens the Lions hopes of securing a place in the Friends Life t20 quarters finals for the first time since 2006 thanks to a masterful performance against their London rivals.
Having set the Panthers a victory target of 183, the Lions restricted the hosts to a total of just 173-8 as they recorded their 6th victory of the tournament, to help them move above the Essex Eagles into 5th place in the Southern group.
Roy (52) and Davies (51) stamped the Lions authority on the game thanks to an opening stand of 92 as the pair made light work of a bowling attack which included England international Steven Finn (0-26).
With the match quickly running away from them, Jamie Dalrymple (2-23) struck back for the hosts by removing Roy and Davies in quick succession to leave the Lions 114-2 at the end of the 12th over.
Despite the loss, Tom Maynard (27) and Zander de Bruyn (21) continued to increase the Lions advantage thanks to a 4th wicket stand of 48 which helped the visitors record a total of 182-3.
Having lost three early wickets Neil Dexter (49) and Dalrymple (48) gave the Panthers hope with a 4th wicket stand of 74 but even that wasn’t enough to stop the hosts from recording their 11 defeat of a disastrous campaign.