Published: 15th July, 2017
Despite Surrey setting a huge total of 205, Joe Denly led the away side’s run chase with an unstoppable 116* to guide Kent to victory.
Batting first, the home side were in incredible batting form as the two openers – Jason Roy and Aaron Finch – put on 108 to take Surrey nearly halfway through their twenty overs. Both openers, however, then fell within two balls and Sibley and Sangakkara were at the crease with the task of continuing the openers fine start. Both did so, scoring 24 and 33 respectively and hitting three 6s between them. 19-year-old Ollie Pope, batting at five also weighed in with a solid contribution of 29 including three boundaries and a six. Surrey finished their innings on 205.
Kent’s Joe Denly, stepping to the crease with opener partner Daniel Bell-Drummond looked unstoppable from the start of the away side’s innings. With a huge total to chase, Denly and Bell-Drummond maintained the pace to hunt down Surrey’s score and the opening pair put on 163 before Bell-Drummond was caught on the boundary by Ollie Pope for 64. With brief cameos from Sam Billings and Alex Blake, Joe Denly took Kent to an eight-wicket victory with three balls remaining.
Here’s three takeaway facts from Surrey’s fixture against Kent:
- Jason Roy’s half century for Surrey came from just 26 balls, and included eight 4s.
- Surrey’s total of 205 was the second in the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast, before Kent chased it down to end of 207.
- Surrey’s Aaron Finch is the top run scorer in the competition, having scored 188 in four innings at an average of 47.
Surrey’s next home game of the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast is on Wednesday 19th July against Essex – Kevin Pietersen’s return to Surrey – and has very limited ticket availability.