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Surrey come up short in run chase

A defiant 73 from Mark Ramprakash failed to save Surrey Brown Caps from sliding to an 18-run defeat in the Twenty20 Cup South Division at the Rose Bowl.

Hampshire Hawks made 191 for six after choosing to bat first in front of a 6,000 crowd and Surrey were never up with the run rate, making 173 for eight when they ran out of time.

All the time veteran Ramprakash was batting, Surrey held out hope even though they needed 41 from the last three overs.

But after hitting two sixes and five fours in a 47-ball innings, Ramprakash swept Billy Taylor to backward square leg where Imran Tahir clutched a catch.

With his dismissal Surrey's challenge rapidly evaporated with Chris Schofield bowled next ball and Dominic Cork having Mark Spriegel caught on the boundary in the last over.

Michael Lumb and James Adams set the tone for Hampshire's dominance with an opening stand of 92 in nine overs.

Adams and Lumb each struck three sixes but both were run out by Jade Dernbach, applying the brakes to the Hampshire scoring.

Nic Pothas made a useful 24 not out near the end but Surrey paid a heavy price for two profligate overs in which Dernbach conceded 19 and Andre Nel a further 17.

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