Vince guides Hampshire to victory
Hampshire 144 for 3 beat Surrey 140 for 7 by seven wickets
Champions Hampshire continued their fine start to defending their Friends Life t20 title with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Surrey at the Rose Bowl.
Chasing Surrey's moderate 140 for seven, Hampshire got home with a over to spare thanks to a crucial third-wicket stand between James Vince and Neil McKenzie. Vince and McKenzie came together with Hampshire 52 for 2 and stayed together until victory was in sight, with a partnership of 83 in 12 overs.
Hampshire, who won their opening match against Somerset earlier this week, had no hesitation in fielding first once their captain Dominic Cork had won the toss. Surrey lost opener Stephen Davies to the first ball of the innings, chopping a delivery from Cork into his stumps, and they never fully recovered.
Rory Hamilton-Brown and Jason Roy accelerated after the early loss of Davies but the turning point came when Roy was run out in a mix-up with Zander de Bruyn. Surrey laboured 11 overs for their second 50 against some tight Hampshire bowling in which spinner Imran Tahir was outstanding with figures of 2 for 15.
Surrey only accelerated towards the end, when Chris Schofield twice hit Danny Briggs for six and De Bruyn did the same in an over which cost Hampshire 21 runs. But Surrey's total never looked like being enough as Hampshire openers James Adams and Michael Lumb put on 42 in five overs.
Adams was the first to go, bowled by Tim Linley, but Lumb, dropped in the slips before scoring, struck seven powerful boundaries in his 36 before clipping De Bruyn to Linley. Then came Vince and McKenzie who stayed together until Hampshire needed six to win.
McKenzie drove Jade Dernbach, who had been left out of the England squad in the morning, to the covers where Tom Maynard clutched the catch. Vince reached his half-century with the winning hit for four, his fifth in a 39-ball innings. Dernbach finished with 1 for 28 from his four overs and Vince finished undefeated with 51.