Twenty20 Cup - South Division
The Brit Oval
Kent 168-6 (M van Jaarsveld 54) v Surrey 167 (U Afzaal 62)
Kent beat Surrey by 1 run
Kent scored victory in their Twenty20 Cup match against Surrey by a single run after the latter's last man, Jade Dernbach, was run out off the fourth ball of the final over.
The Spitfires appeared set for a more comfortable win at the end of the penultimate over but their slow over rate resulted in a six-run penalty which left the Brown Caps needing just eight runs rather than 14.
Subsequently needing two runs off the last three balls, Dernbach attempted a suicidal run to Justin Kemp at midwicket and paid the price.
Replying to Kent's total of 168-6, Surrey initially made rapid progress thanks to an erratic opening spell from Robbie Joseph.
They lost Scott Newman and Mark Ramprakash in the opening two overs, the latter edging to Geraint Jones off Joseph's first ball.
However, he also sent down three no-balls and a wide in his two overs and his first eight legal deliveries went for 32 runs.
Usman Afzaal made 23 off his first eight balls and a third-wicket stand of 87 in nine overs between Afzaal and James Benning kept Surrey ahead of the required rate.
But when Afzaal (62 off 41 balls) was yorked by Azhar Mahmood in the 18th over the momentum shifted back to the Spitfires.
A canny spell of medium pace from Darren Stevens had already pegged back the home side, Benning caught at backward point before Stuart Walters was stumped by Jones.
Despite their win, Kent were also guilty of a patchy batting display and lost Joe Denly in the third over after he miscued an on-drive off Andre Nel to mid-on.
However, their progress was smoothed by a second-wicket stand of 92 in eight overs between Rob Key and Martin van Jaarsveld.
Both hit sixes in leg-spinner Chris Schofield's first over and Kent were ideally placed at 98-1 after 10 overs.
Butt Van Jaarsveld, who made 54 off 32 balls, and Key both holed out to extra cover as Grant Elliott, Matthew Spriegel and Nel all applied the brake.