NatWest T20 Blast South Group: Surrey, Glamorgan, Hampshire and Kent triumph
Surrey piled more Twenty20 misery on London rivals Middlesex with a six-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Last Updated: 31/05/14 12:22am
The writing was on the wall for Middlesex when they posted just 117 batting first, a total Surrey cantered to thanks to the class of Hashim Amla, who top-scored with 39.
South Africa batsman Amla, making his first appearance in the competition this summer having replaced injured compatriot Graeme Smith, produced an effortless knockas the hosts cruised to victory with eight balls to spare.
A victory target of 118 never really looked like testing the home side even facing England paceman Steven Finn - who went for just 12 in his three overs - on a less-than-perfect batting wicket.
Middlesex were at least 20 runs short of a competitive total as aside for Dawid Malan, their leading scorer in this format, and Toby Roland-Jones no-one managed to get a start.
West Indies star Darren Sammy hit the winning runs as Glamorgan beat Sussex by five wickets at the SWALEC stadium.
An unbeaten 65 from birthday boy Chris Cooke kept the Dragons in contention to reach their testing 179-run target and Sammy saw them over the line with two off Yasir Arafat's final ball.
Sammy, who signed for Glamorgan this week, hit the winning runs but it was Cooke who played a starring role by finding the boundary 12 times.
Jacques Rudolph also struck a half-century for the Welsh county off 44 balls while Matt Prior, back from injury, and Ed Joyce top-scored for Sussex with 39 runs each.
Royals on top
Hampshire remain top of the division after cruising to an eight-wicket win over Essex at the Ageas Bowl.
Captain James Vince maintained his excellent form with an unbeaten half-century, sharing an unbroken century partnership with Owais Shah, who ended 50 not out against his parent club.
Essex rather laboured to 145-5 batting first but Ben Foakes' useful unbeaten 43 gave them hope at the halfway stage.
James Foster added an unbeaten 29 while young left-arm spinner Danny Briggs once again impressed for Hampshire, taking 2-23 from his four overs.
Elsewhere, Kent spinner Alex Riley enhanced his burgeoning reputation with four more wickets to help the Spitfires overcome Gloucestershire by 21 runs.
Riley bagged 4-22 as Kent defended 136-7 to make it two wins from two in the competition.
Another Kent youngster, Alex Blake hit a timely 41 off 30 balls to rescue the Kent innings , which was rocking at 63-4 and soon slipped to 74-5 in the 12th over of the South Division clash.
But the 25-year-old hit five fours and a six as he compiled a career best T20 score, guiding the hosts to a far more healthier-looking 136-7 before being stumped off the last ball.
Off-spinner Riley then did huge damage with the ball, the spinner tearing through Gloucestershire's top order with figures of 4-22 before Doug Bollinger ended any hopes of a late rally with 2-15.