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Andrew Symonds leads Surrey Lions to victory over Kent Spitfires

Martin van Jaarsveld on his way to a top score for Kent of 82
Martin van Jaarsveld on his way to a top score for Kent of 82

Martin van Jaarsveld on his way to a top score for Kent of 82 Picture: Barry Goodwin

Andrew Symonds produced his second match-winning performance in the space of a week against former club Kent Spitfires as Surrey Lions won by 38 runs in the Friends Provident t20 South Group at Beckenham on Wednesday.

Symonds has happy memories of the ground, blasting an unbeaten 96 off only 37 balls with 14 fours and three sixes on his Kent debut against Hampshire seven years ago this month.

The Australian all-rounder followed up his 63 at The Oval on Friday, with career best figures of 5-18, after hitting 31 in 16 balls.

Having won the toss, Surrey – who beat Kent at The Oval five days earlier – made 201-4. Youngster Jason Roy, playing only his third Twenty20 match, finished 101 not out for the visitors.

Spitfires never recovered from another poor start after they lost skipper Rob Key for a duck and Geraint Jones to Chris Tremlett inside the opening two overs.

In-form Darren Stevens (7) was third out with the total on 33 and their victory target of 202 a long way off.

Martin van Jaarsveld (82 off 49 balls) hit seven fours and three sixes to give the Beckenham crowd some entertainment while Azhar Mahmood (34 from 23 balls) offered some resistance.

But Spitfires were well behind the rate going into the final five overs. Symonds polished off the tail, including Matt Coles who was stumped off the last ball, as Spitfires slipped to their sixth defeat in eight starts, leaving their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals even more distant.

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