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Henderson sinks the Brown Caps

Tyron Henderson produced the most economical four-over spell by a Middlesex bowler in the Twenty20 Cup as he led his side to an eight-wicket victory over Surrey at Lord's.

Henderson finished with two for 11 as the hosts recorded their first victory over their local rivals for the first time in eight attempts in the competition.

In a rain-affected match Surrey made 85 for five from 13.3 overs and after the Duckworth/Lewis calculations had been done Middlesex were set 73 to win off 10.

They got home with 14 balls to spare with Eoin Morgan 25 not out and Jamie Dalrymple unbeaten on 26.

Surrey were careering along at nearly 10 an over when Henderson was introduced and with Murali Kartik at the other end the South African applied the brakes.

He opened up his spell with only the second maiden bowled by a Middlesex bowler in the history of the competition, following Chris Silverwood's last year, and then removed the dangerous James Benning in his next over.

Benning, who made 31 from 23 balls with six fours, was late on a full ball and had his off stump knocked out of the ground.

Mark Ramprakash scratched around for 19 balls before becoming Henderson's second victim, by which time Surrey had only scored 15 runs in five overs having been 49 for one after five.

Dalrymple got in the act with the wickets of Jon Batty, who top-edged a sweep, and Mark Butcher, stumped charging down the pitch, to finish with two for eight from his two overs.

The Middlesex chase got off to a shaky start when captain Ed Smith spooned his first ball into the hands of Benning at square leg off Matthew Nicholson but a few big shots from Ed Joyce settled the hosts' nerves.

After Nicholson's opening over, which cost just four runs, Jade Dernbach went for 16, including three Joyce boundaries off the last three balls before Surrey brought on the spinners.

Chris Schofield conjured up the wicket of Joyce, brilliantly caught by a diving Benning at deep midwicket, but Dalrymple and Morgan got their side home.

source - sportinglife.com
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