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May 27, 2009
Surrey held on for a thrilling one-run win against Hampshire in a low-scoring game at The Oval when Hamza Riazuddin couldn't quite manage the 14 needed off the last over. He did his best against Jade Dernbach, taking boundaries off the first and fifth balls but James Benning made a sliding stop on the rope off the final delivery to keep him to two. Chris Schofield also played a key role with the vital wicket of Chris Benham for 39 and two direct-hit run outs to remove Jimmy Adams and Nic Pothas. The batsmen struggled throughout a dull, grey evening and Stewart Walters top-scored for Surrey with 30 off 22 balls.
Zander de Bruyn continued his fine form with 72 off 44 balls to help Somerset to a five-wicket win against Warwickshire at Taunton. de Bruyn's innings meant the home side could chase down a challenging 188 with two balls to spare as Justin Langer guided them across the line with 29 off 21 balls. Warwickshire's innings went through peaks and troughs as the early impetus came from Jonathan Trott and James Troughton (50) who added 80 for the second wicket. Then four wickets fell for 14, including two in two balls for young legspinner Max Waller, with Craig Kieswetter producing a sharp stumping to remove Troughton. Captain Ian Westwood (49 off 34 balls) got the innings back on track with Ant Botha, but on a high-scoring round it wasn't enough.
Ryan Watkins claimed career-best figures of 5 for 16 as Glamorgan registered a 39-run victory against Gloucestershire at Cardiff. The visitors had started brightly chasing 167, but when Will Porterfield fell to Garnett Kruger the innings quickly folded. Watkins did most of the damage taking the next four wickets to fall - all key Gloucestershire batsmen - including Craig Spearman and Chris Taylor in consecutive balls. Glamorgan had earlier been given a flying start by Mark Cosgrove's 39-ball 52 as he and Jamie Dalrymple added 86 for the first wicket and although the middle order was pegged back the total was more than enough.
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