Dernbach, Mahmood steal win
Surrey 157 for 6 (Roy 42, Wilson 31) beat Sussex 147 for 7 (Yardy 44, Dernbach 3-15) by 10 runs
Surrey bounced back from defeat in their opening Friends Life t20 match as some sensational death bowling from Jade Dernbach helped them to beat Sussex by 10 runs at Hove.
Jason Roy made 42 from 33 balls as Surrey were restricted to 157 for 6 thanks to some fine bowling by Dwayne Smith, with 2 for 11, and Chris Liddle, 2 for 19.
Sussex looked on course for victory with Rory Hamilton-Brown (34), Scott Styris (35) and Mike Yardy (44) guiding them to 139 for 5 with two overs remaining. But Sussex then collapsed under pressure to finish on 147 for 7, with Azhar Mahmood conceding just four runs from the penultimate over and Dernbach the same from a brilliant last over to finish with 3 for 15.
Roy got Surrey's innings off to a decent start but their scoring rate dipped as Vikram Solanki (20) and Steven Davies (17) failed to find the boundaries. Roy hit a six and three fours as he tried to up the tempo but then edged behind swiping at a ball from Chris Liddle.
Things got worse for Surrey two balls later when Liddle added the wicket of Glenn Maxwell for just 6 to leave the visitors on 88 for 4 in the 13th over. Smith kept things tight and added the wicket of Zafar Ansari (13) to the earlier scalp of Solanki as he finished with figures of 2 for 11 from three overs.
Only a late onslaught from Mahmood (23 off 13 balls) and Gary Wilson (31 off 20) got Surrey up past the 150 mark, with 40 coming off the final three overs. Chris Jordan was on the receiving end with his final two overs going for 32 to finish with expensive figures of 2 for 48.
Despite a poor finish Sussex will have been happy to restrict Surrey to under 160 but they lost Chris Nash (12) in only the second over of their reply. Dernbach then got rid of England team-mate Luke Wright and fellow big-hitter Smith in his first over to put Sussex under pressure.
Hamilton-Brown responded by hitting Gareth Batty for a six and two fours in his opening over as he raced to 34 from 24 balls before being bowled by Zander de Bruyn.
The experienced duo of Yardy and Styris guided Sussex to within 21 runs of victory with a 56-run partnership of contrasting styles. Yardy played the anchor role while Styris smashed three huge sixes in his 35 off 19 balls before holing out off the bowling of Zander de Bruyn in the 18th over. That seemed to derail Sussex completely and Mahmood and Dernbach ensured Surrey a comfortable win.