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June 17, 2012
Kent 120 for 2 (Key 51*, Stevens 43*) beat Surrey 116 for 7 (Wilson 53*) by eight wickets
Kent got off the mark in the Friends Life t20 with a convincing eight-wicket victory over Surrey at Beckenham. Led by Rob Key, who hit an unbeaten 51, and Darren Stevens, whose 43 not out came off just 25 balls and included four sixes, the hosts cantered home with 22 deliveries to spare after Surrey could only muster 116 for 7 in their 20 overs.
Surrey, who won the toss and elected to bat, struggled to make any real impression against a skilful Kent attack. Had Gary Wilson, who hit an unbeaten 53 off 43 deliveries, not been dropped twice the visitors' card would have been even more sorry looking.
Jason Roy slapped the first ball of the match to extra cover where Key took the catch, and three overs later, Rory Hamilton-Brown departed for 7 as Surrey found themselves 25 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay.
In the eighth over, Steven Davies cleared the fine leg boundary with a flick off Stevens for six but with Tom Maynard lofting Adam Ball's first delivery to Matt Coles, who took a good catch running in from long-on, the visitors were 46 for 3 at the halfway mark.
Davies departed in the 11th over, beaten by Sam Billing's throw to the non-striker's end from deep midwicket. When Matthew Spriegel, backing away to cut, went caught behind, Wilson was joined in the middle by Zafar Ansari with Surrey in some trouble at 62 for 5.
However, the visitors were given hope by a stirring sixth-wicket rearguard, which produced 51 in 38 deliveries. Wilson, on 17, had a let-off when he was dropped at long-off from the bowling of Ball and just after reaching his half-century he was put down again, this time at deep midwicket, though not before Ansari had holed out to deep fine leg for 15.
In reply, Kent were handed an excellent start by Billings and Key, who combined for 40 in six overs for the first wicket. Billings, shuffling across his stumps to Jade Dernbach, departed lbw for 18 and Azhar Mahmood was then stumped off Ansari but Key and Stevens put the result beyond doubt with an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 69 in eight overs.
Stevens swept Ansari for a six and deposited Murali Kartik over long-on for another before completing victory with a straight maximum off Ansari.
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