TWENTY20 CUP SOUTH DIVISION, The Oval:
Kent 168-6 beat Surrey 167 by one run (Kent 2pts).
Kent hung on for a one-run win with two balls to spare in a tense Oval finale.
Chasing 168-6, Surrey's asking rate off the final over was reduced to just eight to win when Kent were handed a six-run penalty for a slow over rate.
With the last pair in, when Andre Nel clubbed a four to leave Surrey needing three off four, they looked favourites.
But, following a leg bye, and with tempers frayed following a possible obstruction, Jade Dernbach was run out with the score on 167.
The most dramatic, yet not the final twist of the night came at the end of the penultimate over when Kent received their punishment.
With Surrey's requirement suddenly reduced from 14 to eight, that whipped up an already enthusiastic 14,500 crowd.
But, with the target whittled down to just two needed off the last three balls, Dernbach was run out after attempting a suicidal run to Justin Kemp at midwicket.
Surrey had taken advantage of a hopelessly erratic opening spell from Kent seamer Robbie Joseph to make rapid progress at the start of their reply.
Joseph should have been encouraged when Mark Ramprakash edged his first ball to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, but he instead assisted Surrey's cause with three no-balls and a wide in his two overs. And his first eight legal deliveries cost 32 runs.
Usman Afzaal was the chief beneficiary, taking 23 off his first eight balls in hitting a rapid 62.
But, when he was yorked by former Surrey all-rounder Azhar Mahmood in the 18th over, the momentum shifted back to the Spitfires. And they eventually saw it through to go second in the South Division table, a point behind leaders Sussex, who have played a game more.
Tempers, on the distinctly hot side after such a fraught climax, will hopefully have cooled by the time the two teams meet again at Beckenham on Sunday (1730 BST) in the final round of qualifying group games.
But 2007 winners Kent play again before then, at The Rose Bowl against Hampshire on Friday night (1900 BST).
Surrey, whose hopes of a place in the last eight have now effectively been extinguished, still have three more matches left.
They play Essex at The Oval on Thursday night (1730 BST) and again on Saturday at home to local rivals Middlesex, also at The Oval.