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Essex defeat Surrey in penultimate-ball thriller

FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Chelmsford (1910 BST):
Essex 188-4 beat Surrey 187-6 by six wickets
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Scott Styris
Styris has played 29 Tests for New Zealand

Essex batsman Scott Styris struck a breathtaking century to see his side to victory over Surrey at Chelmsford.

Having lost the toss, Surrey set about amassing a competitive total of 187-6, wicket-keeper Steven Davies hitting a Twenty20 best 89 off 50 deliveries.

In reply, the home side quickly fell behind the run rate, going into the final five overs still needing 70.

But Styris hit 106 not out, judging his innings superbly as he hit a six off the penultimate ball to win on 188-4.

Surrey made a good start despite losing skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown to an early run out.

Davies and young midweek centurion Jason Roy (29) quickly piled on the runs.

Evergreen Mark Ramprakash then added 35 after Roy was dismissed by Danish Kaneria, one of three wickets to fall to the Pakistan spinner.

Chris White chipped in by clean bowling Andrew Symonds and Gareth Batty. But, despite these losses, Surrey would have gone into the interval happy, having set Essex 188 to win.

In reply, Essex started slowly, losing Alastair Cook and then Matt Walker to be 28-2 off five overs.

The arrival of New Zealand international Styris at the crease made little difference at first.

But, as Essex appeared to be heading for a defeat, Styris began to pierce the infield with greater frequency, striking six fours and eight sixes as he hit a personal best off 50 balls.

The win leapfrogs Essex ahead of Surrey into second place of the FP t20 South Group, with two games in hand.



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