Andrew Symonds blast key to Surrey win over Hampshire
FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, The Oval: Surrey 200-8 (20 ovs) beat Hampshire 189-6 (20 ovs) by 11 runs Match scorecard
Symonds' 63 was his second T20 half-century for Surrey
Andrew Symonds' 63 off 33 balls proved crucial as Surrey held on to secure an 11-run FP t20 win over Hampshire.
Steve Davies got Surrey off to a flier at The Oval, hitting three sixes and nine fours in a 25-ball 60.
Australian Symonds then took centre stage, striking three sixes and five boundaries to guide the hosts to 200-8.
That proved just enough as Hampshire fell short on 189-6, despite 52 not out from Neil McKenzie and contributions from Jimmy Adams and James Vince.
McKenzie's runs came off just 28 balls, and although Adams' 46 came at better than a run a ball, Vince, playing only his second Twenty20 game, was particularly brutal, hitting three sixes and four fours in his 17-ball 43.
But Hampshire were tied down by the spin of Gareth Batty (1-28) and home skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown, who claimed two crucial wickets, including that of Vince.
Those brakes being applied were enough for Surrey to defend their total, which had been built on the early quick scoring of Davies.
Surrey raced to 50 inside four overs thanks to the England Lions wicketkeeper, who hit former England paceman and ex-Worcestershire team-mate Simon Jones, playing his first Twenty20 game for two years because of knee problems, for 25 in his first over.
Symonds added further acceleration during the second half of the home side's innings before being run out by a direct hit from long-off by Sean Ervine, who also took 3-28 with the ball.
BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James gives his verdict: "Hampshire can't be too unhappy after losing in a high scoring contest.
"On a good pitch with a short boundary one side, runs were always going to be plentiful, and several of the Hampshire batsmen benefited.
"Simon Jones' expensive figures didn't do him justice as he wasn't as rusty as one might have thought."
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