Wins for Lancs and Surrey
A review of Thursday's action in the NatWest T20 Blast, as Lancashire and Surrey both picked up victories.
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Lancashire sealed top spot in the NatWest T20 Blast North Division with a routine victory by 27 runs over out of contention Durham Jets at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Lightning won their sixth match in succession and their 10th of out of 14 in all as they completed their group campaign in comprehensive fashion thanks mainly to impressive performances from Usman Khawaja and Kyle Jarvis, both playing for the first time in Twenty20 this season.
Australian overseas batsman Khawaja, playing in place of the rested Tom Smith, top scored with 44 off 25 balls in a competitive 164 for eight, although the hosts should have posted more on a typically abrasive Old Trafford surface.
Durham's reply never got going as they ended their involvement in the competition with a whimper, despite an impressive comeback with the ball after Khawaja and Ashwell Prince had got Lancashire off to a flyer with an opening stand of 84 in 7.1 overs, their best of the season.
Jarvis led a much-changed Lightning bowling attack, minus Junaid Khan and Andrew Flintoff, with two for 25 from four overs as Durham finished with 137 for seven. Phil Mustard top-scored with 49.
Stuart Meaker marked his first domestic Twenty20 appearance for two years with a competition-best four for 30 as Surrey all but secured a home tie in the quarter-finals with a thrilling two-wicket last-ball victory against London rivals Middlesex at Lord's.
In front of a crowd of 28,500 - the highest attendance for any domestic T20 fixture in the United Kingdom - Surrey's Zafar Ansari scrambled a single to cover off the last ball to take the visitors home.
With left-arm spinner Ravi Patel taking two for 15, Surrey lost their way in the middle overs, but eventually achieved the objective by reaching 138 for eight, with Kevin Pietersen, Rory Burns and Azhar Mahmood all hitting 28.
Middlesex had earlier totalled 137 for eight, falling away in the final part of their innings, but it was so nearly enough as Eoin Morgan's side battled hard to defend their score on a pitch with something in it for both seamers and spinners.