RESULT
South Group (D/N), The Oval, June 02, 2022, Vitality Blast
228/4
(18.5/20 ov, T:229) 156

Surrey won by 72 runs

Report

Sam Curran smashes Hampshire with stellar allround display

Half-century and five-for for allrounder as Surrey extend unbeaten run

ECB Reporters Network
02-Jun-2022
Will Jacks and Sam Curran added 131 for the second wicket, Surrey vs Hampshire, Vitality Blast, Kia Oval, June 2, 2022

Will Jacks and Sam Curran added 131 for the second wicket  •  Getty Images for Surrey CCC

Surrey 228 for 4 (Curran 69, Jacks 64, Narine 52) beat Hampshire Hawks 156 (Curran 5-30) by 72 runs
Sam Curran produced an outstanding performance with bat and ball as Surrey thrashed Hampshire by 72 runs to move to the top of the South Group and maintain their 100 per cent record in this year's Vitality Blast.
The 23-year-old made 69 off 38 balls as Surrey piled up 228 for four - their second-highest total in T20 history - before taking a career-best five for 30 including three wickets in an over as Hampshire were dismissed for 156.
A Kia Oval crowd of 15,000 was treated to some spectacular hitting, first by Curran and Will Jacks, who hammered 131 from 73 balls for the second wicket, and then by Sunil Narine, who added 52 from 23 deliveries.
It was Surrey's highest total at The Kia Oval for seven years and too much for a Hampshire side hampered by the absence of their best batsman James Vince through illness. James Fuller top-scored with 43 in their reply but they remain winless after four games.
Yet it started well for them. After electing to bowl first they made a breakthrough in the first over when Liam Dawson spun one through Jason Roy's defences.
But Jacks and Curran were soon flaying their attack to all parts. Between them, they hit ten sixes and nine fours in a partnership that was Surrey's third-highest in T20 and eclipsed their previous best against Hampshire when Jacks and Laurie Evans put on 118 at the Ageas Bowl two years ago.
Jack hit 64 off 36 balls with five sixes - his second fifty in this season's competition - and Curran also cleared the rope five times, including successive blows off Mason Crane to take him to his fifty. Crane's three overs of leg spin disappeared for 58 runs.
Dawson briefly dragged things back by dismissing both batsmen in the 13th over. Jacks was brilliantly caught by the diving Crane at wide mid-off before Crane took a far easier catch in the covers to dismiss Curran for 69 off 38 deliveries.
But Hampshire's suffering was far from over. Narine showcased spectacular timing and power to smash 52 from just 23 balls with five fours and four sixes and their reply began badly with Nick Gubbins acrobatically caught in the covers by Kieron Pollard off Reece Topley's second ball.
Ben McDermott and Tom Prest briefly raised Hampshire hopes by adding 54 off 23 balls with McDermott depositing a delivery from Topley onto the Harleyford Road before Curran produced his decisive burst, bowling Prest as he swung across the line, deceiving McDermott with a slower ball which the Australian chipped to mid-on and having Donald taken at mid-off off a top-edge.
Curran then returned to bowl Nathan Ellis and pin Fuller lbw to complete an impressive night's work.

Hampshire Innings
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Vitality Blast
North Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BEARS1495181.210
DERBS1495180.054
LANCS1484180.432
YORKS1476150.726
NOTTS1476150.058
LEICS1486140.058
NHNTS146614-0.040
DURH143107-0.642
WORCS142115-1.807
South Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SURR14103210.630
SOM14104200.630
ESSEX1494190.881
HANTS1495180.198
GLOUC1466140.022
GLAM145712-0.154
SUSS144108-0.391
MIDDX144108-0.981
KENT143116-0.670