RESULT
South Group (D/N), Southampton, May 30, 2024, Vitality Blast
(19.2/20 ov, T:163) 163/5

Surrey won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

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Tom Curran holds nerve to cap-off virtuoso performance

Allrounder takes 3 for 32 then scores 37* to take Surrey over the line against Hampshire

Tom Curran and Jordan Clark's unbeaten stand of 63 took Surrey to victory, Hampshire v Surrey, Vitality Blast, May 30, 2024

Tom Curran and Jordan Clark put on 63 to take Surrey to their target  •  Getty Images

Surrey 163 for 5 (Curran 37*, Evans 34, Neser 2-33) beat Hampshire 162 for 9 (Albert 46, Curran 3-32) by five wickets
Tom Curran produced heroics with bat and ball to give Surrey a Vitality Blast Off victory over Hampshire Hawks - and get revenge for last weekend's Vitality County Championship mauling.
With the ball, fast bowler Curran claimed 3 for 32 to peg the Hawks back and help restrict them to 162.
But his starring role came with the bat as he came in with 63 needed with 38 balls remaining to smash 37 off 20 to see Surrey to a five-wicket victory at Utilita Bowl.
Championship holders Surrey had been humbled by their record-heaviest defeat on Sunday but had their own back to open the Vitality Blast. Spencer Johnson was exceptional at both ends of the innings, after Surrey had chosen to bowl.
With the new ball the Australian swung back to rip past Ben McDermott -his first two overs only going for two runs. When he returned, he only went for 12 more runs and picked up a dangerous-looking Liam Dawson - who had crashed 30 off 12.
James Vince and Ali Orr also departed within the first five overs as the Hawks struggled to 23 for 3. But the leading middle-order Blast run-scorer since 2021 Joe Weatherley and in-form Toby Albert put the hosts back on track with a 62-run partnership off 41 balls.
Surrey will have been sick of the sight of Albert after he picked off his maiden Vitality County Championship century against them over the weekend, before nailing two sixes and a quintuplet of fours in an entertaining 46.
Weatherley fell when he hoicked Tom Curran to deep midwicket - the first of 3 for 32 for the England pacer - and while Albert, James Fuller, Benny Howell and Dawson tried to kick on, they were kept on a leash with regular wickets.
Hampshire's 162 for 9 was a good recovery but felt under par, in light on Southern Vipers' victorious 173 earlier in the Blast Off day. But at the halfway point of Surrey's chase, they were over a run behind the rate and had lost three of their premium batters.
Dan Lawrence, on T20 debut for Surrey, was strangled down legside by Michael Neser, Laurie Evans - after a promising 34 - was castled by Fuller, and captain Ollie Pope was stumped off Dawson.
The 43 runs added by Evans and Roy, was quickly followed by 33 between Jason Roy and Jamie Smith, but just as that looked to take off, John Turner got Roy to chop on and Smith skied to long off.
But Curran arrived and tore up the win predictors with a strike-rate over 200 from almost ball one. His two sixes almost cleared the ground's perimeter fences to take control of the chase in partnership with Jordan Clark.
With six needed from the final over, Curran and Clark got their side over the line with four balls to spare.

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Vitality Blast

North Group
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LANCS752101.465
BEARS64280.450
LEICS74380.337
NHNTS64280.223
DURH7337-0.960
DERBS73460.311
YORKS63360.230
WORCS7254-0.472
NOTTS7153-1.841
South Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SOM752101.654
SUR64190.841
SUSS64280.405
ESSEX6336-0.291
HANTS6226-0.466
GLOUC62350.145
GLAM6235-0.986
KENT62440.028
MIDDX7153-2.153