Ramprakash steers Surrey to win
Surrey's Mark Ramprakash scored an unbeaten 85 from 52 balls and along with Jonathan Batty steered his side to an exciting six-wicket victory against Middlesex in the opening Twenty20 Cup match at the Brit Oval.
The pair came to the came with the Brown Caps struggling on 24 for three and shared a stand of 110 in 76 balls with Batty eventually stumped for 49 stumped in the 17th over.
Ramprakash finished the game off with four balls to spare with a four over extra cover and a huge straight six to give the Brown Caps their seventh successive win over Middlesex in the competition.
Middlesex had earlier struck with the early wickets of James Benning, Alistair Brown and Mark Butcher in the first five overs.
First to go was Benning for just three when he skied a drive to Eoin Morgan at mid-on.
This was followed by the dismissal of Brown who scored 15 in just nine balls. He lofted straight to mid-off where Murali Kartik took a difficult catch, again off the bowling off Chad Keegan who finished with tow for 14.
With the score on 24, Butcher (0) was the third wicket to fall, edging an out-swinger from Tyron Henderson to second slip.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Middlesex soon lost the wicket of Owais Shah despite Morgan smashing a huge six in the second over.
Shah, having earlier in the day been selected for England's one-day squad, chipped Azhar Mahmood to mid-off in the third over after scoring two runs.
Skipper Ed Smith arrived at the crease and immediately smashed his first four balls to the boundary to push the score along to 29.
A further eight runs were added before Smith stupidly ran himself out in the fifth over.
Having scored 22, the former England batsman pushed straight to Butcher at mid-off whose direct throw left him well short of the crease.
Jamie Dalrymple then struck 15 runs of Jade Dernbach's only over as the fifty came up off 34 balls.
Together with Morgan he moved the score along to 82 before Morgan was dismissed for 26, caught in the deep by Brown off the bowling of Nayan Doshi.
Dalrymple went to his fifty from 40 balls and shared a 42-run partnership with Ed Joyce before Joyce (22) clipped to Benning on the mid-wicket boundary.
The Crusaders looked to force the pace and after Dalrymple had struck another leg-side boundary the Middlesex all-rounder sliced to the third man boundary after scoring a brilliant 61 from just 44 balls.
Henderson, making his Middlesex debut, smashed a quick-fire 22 from 14 balls before he became the sixth wicket to fall in the final over.
Having struck a six and a four with the first two balls, Henderson was deceived by Matt Nicholson's yorker and was clean bowled.