Surrey v Essex: Greg Smith fifty helps visitors to win

Friends Life t20, The Oval

Essex 149-2 beat Surrey 148-6 by eight wickets

Match scorecard

Greg Smith's half century helped Essex beat Surrey by eight wickets to move above their opponents and up to second in the FL t20 South Group.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting made 65 off 54 balls as Surrey reached 148-6 in their 20 overs.

But Smith (62) and Owais Shah (46no) put on a second-wicket stand of 98 to leave the visitors needing just nine runs off 3.2 overs.

Ravi Bopara (7no) hit Essex's winning run with seven balls to spare.