Surrey 166 for 2 beat Lancashire 165 by 8 wickets
Surrey produced a dominant display at Old Trafford to all but end Lancashire's chances of progression in the Clydesdale Bank 40. Rory Hamilton-Brown's side won by eight wickets with 97 balls to spare in their pursuit of 166, consigning Lancashire to their fourth defeat in six and second against Surrey. Surrey's position in Group A is much healthier, having won three out of four.
Lancashire, reduced to 39 for 5, recovered to 165 thanks to stand-in skipper Mark Chilton's 68 off 78 balls and Luke Sutton's 47 off 68. But identical spells of three for 29 from eight overs for Andre Nel and Jade Dernbach had put the visitors on top after Chilton elected to bat.
Hamilton-Brown and Steven Davies shared 113 inside 15 overs for the first wicket and Davies top scored with an entertaining 82 not out off 69 balls, including eight fours and three sixes. A sixth-wicket partnership of 108 between Chilton and Sutton had earlier got the hosts up to 147 for 5 in the 35th over before the former was bowled by Nel.
It was the first of four wickets to fall in the four overs of batting Powerplay with Dernbach getting Kyle Hogg caught behind by Davies. Stephen Parry was involved in the run out of Sutton before he was caught behind off Nel in the same over.
And Daren Powell holed out to long-on off the bowling of Chris Tremlett (2 for 31) to complete Lancashire's innings with three balls to spare. Tremlett sparked the Lancashire's early collapse when he trapped Tom Smith lbw in the second over. Paul Horton was then caught behind off Nel before Dernbach grabbed his first fortuitously in the 10th.
Ashwell Prince was caught at third man by Usman Afzaal with the ball coming off the back of the bat as the left-hander tried to play through midwicket. When Steven Croft was run out in the next, Lancashire were 33 for 4. Stephen Moore then dragged a Dernbach slower ball onto his stumps to leave them five down in the 12th.
Chilton and Sutton had united to add 108 in 23 overs but it was evident early on in the Surrey chase that their efforts would be in vain. Hamilton-Brown, who hit 10 fours and a six in 65 off 46 balls, and Davies negated the threat of Jimmy Anderson, who went wicketless in his eight overs. Their dominance was highlighted when they took the batting powerplay with the score at 91 without loss after 12.
The 22-year-old skipper immediately reached the second one-day fifty of his career off 35 balls - his first was against Lancashire earlier in the competition - with a straight six off the left-arm spin of Parry. Davies had already hit three maximums - one off Smith and two off Powell - and he reached his 50 off 47 balls.
Lancashire's only successes with the ball were when Smith bowled Hamilton-Brown off his pads and Croft's off-spin forced Laurie Evans to sweep to Anderson at short fine leg.