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Kent lose out in Twenty20 thriller as poor form continues

PUBLISHED: 18:23 29 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:23 29 July 2013

Fabian Cowdrey. Pic by Adam Davy/PA

Fabian Cowdrey. Pic by Adam Davy/PA

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Kent's miserable season continued as they lost a thrilling Twenty20 contest with Surrey by five wickets on Friday.

Azhar Mahmood blasted 47 off 31 balls and Zafar Ansari made an unbeaten 30 as the home side recovered from 61-5 to chase down 140 with five balls remaining at the Oval.

Fabian Cowdrey scored 50 in Kent’s total of 139-4, which for a long time looked like it would be good enough to secure only their third victory of the Twenty20 season.

He was given good support from Darren Stevens, with 29, and Sam Billings with 28.

Two wickets apiece from Stevens and Adam Riley, and one from Cowdrey, reduced Surrey to 61-5 as they looked to book their place in the quarter-finals.

That brought Mahmood and Ansari to the crease and they knocked off the 79 runs needed at a quick pace.

They are due to play Sussex in the Twenty20 in Hove tomorrow before getting back to County Championship action against Worcestershire on Friday.

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