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Cricket news - Topley, Evans help Surrey overpower a depleted Hampshire

Topley finished with figures of 4 for 20.

Topley finished with figures of 4 for 20.

Surrey vs Hampshire, South Group

A four-fer for Reece Topley and a blitzy 118-run second-wicket stand between Laurie Evans and Will Jacks helped confirm Surrey's top-two finish in the South Group as they pummelled bottom-dwellers Hampshire in convincing fashion. Hampshire were hamstrung by the unavailability of four of their players who had to be put in self-isolation because of coming in contact with a person with covid-19 symptoms as a precautionary measure.

Surrey put James Vince's side in to bat first and Topley set the tone early by cleaning up George Munsey first ball. Six other batsmen finished with single-digit scores as Hampshire just couldn't get partnerships going. No. 4 batsman Ian Holland saved his side the embarrassment of an abysmal surrender with a hard-fought 65 off 51, but even that took Hampshire only as far as 138 for 8. Vince's 27 was the next best score. Felix Organ dismissed Jason Roy in the fourth over, but there were no other inroads as Jacks (56 off 35) and Evans (81 off 46) smashed their way through to the target with 28 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Hampshire 138/8 in 20 overs (Ian Holland 65; Reece Topley 4-20) lost to Surrey 143/1 in 15.2 overs (Laurie Evans 81*, Will Jacks 56*) by 9 wickets

Essex vs Kent, Canterbury

Essex's two-match winning streak came to an end as they returned to losing ways despite skipper Ryan ten Doeschate's half-century. For most parts of the game, though, they had the upper hand before they were undone by Jack Leaning's brilliance.

Chasing 169 for a win, the equation had reduced to 22 off 11 balls. However, Leaning's assault ensured Kent overhauled the total with two balls to spare, finishing unbeaten on 55. The win allowed Kent to maintain their second spot in the group.

Earlier in the day, electing to bat, Cameron Delport and Tom Westley put on a quickfire half-century stand courtesy the latter's 19-ball 39. Thereafter, Essex lost a few quick wickets before ten Doeschate held the ship with his 34th T20 fifty and guided the team to 168 for 9.

Brief Scores: Essex 168/9 in 20 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 52, Tom Westley 39; Fred Klaasen 3-36, Imran Qayyum 2-40) lost to Kent 171/6 in 19.4 overs (Jack Leaning 55*, Alex Blake 29; Jack Piom 3-32) by 4 wickets

Sussex vs Middlesex, Hove

George Garton's all-round performance (4-27 & 9-ball 24) stood out in Sussex's 3-wicket win over Middlesex, helping them strengthen their third position on the points table.

Electing to field, Garton's four wickets and Delray Rawlins's triple strike ensured Middlsex struggled to form partnerships and were restricted to 155 for 8. Three batters - Joe Cracknell, Luke Hallman and John Simpson - managed to cross the 30-run mark but failed to register a fifty.

Sussex's chase got off on a good note with Philip Salt and Luke Wright putting on a 70-run stand for the opening wicket in only 7 overs, but Middlesex clawed their way back into the contest with some tidy overs by Hollman and Nathan Sowter. Hallman even picked three wickets in the middle overs to reduce the hosts to 121 for 6 by the 17th over. However, Garton's late assault, which included three sixes and a four helped Sussex cross the line with four balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Middlesex155/8 in 20 overs (John Simpson 46, Joe Cracknell 37; George Garton 4-27, Delray Rawlins 3-21) lost to Sussex 158/7 in 19.2 overs (Philip Salt 56, George Garton 24; Luke Hollman 3-18) by 3 wickets

Lancashire vs Durham, North Group

Durham kept their quarterfinal hopes alive after a crushing win over North Group's second-placed side Lancashire, courtesy an exceptional bowling performance led by Matty Potts. The Durham medium pacer finished with figures of 3 for 8, while Scott Steel too picked three wickets as Lancashire were bundled out for just 83 runs in chase.

Before Potts and Steel could run riot, opener Alex Lees's unbeaten 67 off 60 balls steered Durham past the 150-run mark. For Durham to qualify, they need to win their last league fixture - against Nottinghamshire, who currently sit atop the North Group table without a single defeat to their tally - and for other results to go their way.

Brief Scores: Durham 157/5 in 20 overs (Alex Lees 67*, Farhaan Behardien 26; Luke Wood 2-16) beat Lancashire 83 in 15 overs (Danny Lamb 29*; Matty Potts 3-8, Scott Steel 3-20) by 74 runs

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