T20 Blast: Essex beat Surrey to stay top of South Group
|NatWest T20 Blast, Chelmsford|
|Essex 166-5 (18.3 overs) beat Surrey 165-4 (20 overs) by five wickets|
T20 Blast South Group leaders Essex completed a five-wicket win over fellow high-flyers Surrey at Chelmsford.
Gary Wilson struck a brilliant unbeaten 63 from 44 deliveries, following Kevin Pietersen's dismissal for one off 11 balls, to help the visitors to 165-4.
Jesse Ryder fell in the first over of the reply but Mark Pettini (42) and Tom Westley (38) shared a stand of 61.
Ryan ten Doeschate then hit 40 not out to see Essex to a comfortable victory with nine balls remaining.
Essex remain top of the South Group with eight wins from nine matches, two points clear and with a game in hand on second-placed Hampshire, while Surrey are third.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson:
"We kept our discipline and our skills levels when we bowled and that was pleasing.
"We are in really good form at the moment in white-ball cricket and always fancy our chances of chasing down a total."
Surrey all-rounder Gareth Batty:
"We didn't score enough runs, it's as simple as that. We needed more runs in the powerplay.
"But Essex played very well and fully deserved their victory."