Abdul Razzaq smashes Surrey to victory
Surrey finally picked up their first win of the Twenty20 campaign with a five-wicket victory over Sussex at the Brit Oval thanks to a crucial 39 from 20 balls from Abdul Razzaq.
Razzaq also finished with two for 23 as the Sharks could only muster 141 for five.
Razzaq signed last week for the Twenty20 Cup, came to the wicket with Surrey still needing 53 runs for victory and together with Usman Afzaal (16) steered the Browncaps to an unlikely victory with two overs to spare after Razzaq smashed a brilliant 28 runs in the 17th over with four fours and two sixes off the unfortunate Robin Martin Jenkins.
Surrey began brightly with Scott Newman rapidly moving to 21 before a lofted drive went to Nash at mid-off. This after James Benning became the first wicket to fall trapped leg before for seven.
Surprisingly, Mark Ramprakash then ran himself out for 16 after a mix-up with Alistair Brown who himself was bowled for 13 off an attempted sweep. Then with the score on 85, Jonathan Batty clipped to Murray Goodwin at deep square leg before Afzaal and Razzaq saw them home.
Earlier, Nash had overshadowed fellow opener Matt Prior with a deserved half century. Prior could only manage 13 before the former England wicket keeper fell to Razzaq in his first over after the pair had shared an opening stand of 62
After, Nash had struck three successive boundaries in the previous over, Prior played a frustrated shot straight to short mid-wicket where Pedro Collins took a simple catch.
Stand-in skipper Ramprakash brought on the spin of Matt Spriegel and Afzaal. Afzaal repaid his faith with a wicket with his second ball as Goodwin smashed straight deep mid-wicket for just three.
Meanwhile, Nash completed his fifty from just 38 balls with seven fours and a mighty six off a Collins full toss. He added just two more runs before Spriegel snapped up his wicket off a leading edge with flew to Ramprakash with the Sharks struggling on 82 for three.
Six runs later, Sussex lost their fourth wicket when Dwayne Smith drove to Scott Newman at long off for nine off Spriegel's bowling before the return of Razzaq saw him take the wicket of Rory Hamilton-Brown (six) in his first over.
Hamilton-Brown, the former Surrey all-rounder was trapped leg before wicket playing across the line from a full length delivery.
Chris Adams and Michael Yardy then managed a 41-run sixth wicket partnership at the end with both Adams and Yardy unbeaten on 29 and 15 respectively.