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Finch sets Surrey record with T20 ton

Australia’s Aaron Finch made an unbeaten 131, the highest score by a Surrey batsman in a Twenty20 match.
Australia’s Aaron Finch made an unbeaten 131, the highest score by a Surrey batsman in a Twenty20 match.

LONDON, Friday - Australia’s Aaron Finch made an unbeaten 131, the highest score by a Surrey batsman in a Twenty20 match, as his side ended Sussex’s unbeaten start to English cricket’s Blast tournament with a 52-run win at Hove on Friday.

But it might have been a different story for the Australia Twenty20 captain had he not been dropped on just one by Sussex paceman Jofra Archer.

Finch then made Sussex, coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, pay with a blistering 79-ball innings including 10 fours and seven sixes as visitors Surrey piled up 192 for three.

It was a total Sussex never came close to and they were bowled out for 140 in the 18th over.

Archer is a fine fielder, particularly off his own bowling, so it was a shock when he dropped a gentle return catch after Finch pushed forward uncertainly to the first ball of the second over.

Finch was not in a mood to give a second chance, with even Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, the world’s top-ranked T20 bowler, unable to escape punishment as the Australian hit him for two fours and two sixes.

Together with Ollie Pope (23 not out), Finch shared an unbroken

fourth-wicket stand of 100 from 50 balls.

English cricket scores on Friday/Saturday:

TWENTY20 BLAST NORTH GROUP

* At Old Trafford: Lancashire 157-8 v Derbyshire 145-7 (T Lester 4-25)

Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 12 runs

* At Derby: Nottinghamshire 175-8 (D Christian 62, T Moores 53; L Ferguson 4-26) v Derbyshire 139-9

Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire by 39 runs (D/L method)

* At Chester-le-Street: Yorkshire 157-6 v Durham 147-6

Yorkshire beat Durham by 10 runs

* At Edgbaston: Leicestershire 229-5 (B Raine 113) v Warwickshire 129 (C Parkinson 4-20)

Leicestershire beat Warwickshire by 100 runs

* At New Road: Worcestershire 130-3 v Northamptonshire 89-6 (A Wakely 54 no; D Pennington 4-9)

Worcestershire beat Northamptonshire by 41 runs

SOUTH GROUP

* At Chelmsford: Essex 167 v Glamorgan 171-8 (C Cooke 60 no)

Glamorgan beat Essex by 2 wkts

* At Bristol: Somerset 114-8 v Gloucestershire 116-6

Gloucestershire beat Somerset by 4 wkts

* At Beckenham: Kent 210-4 (S Billings 95 no) v Hampshire 207-6 (L Dawson 75 no)

Kent beat Hampshire by 3 runs

* At Hove: Surrey 192-3 (A Finch 131 no) v Sussex 140 (P Salt 74) Surrey beat Sussex by 52 runs – AFP 


 

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