Kumar Sangakkara sparkling century sees Surrey squeeze into semi finals

Kumar Sangakkara sparkling century sees Surrey squeeze into semi finals

Written by Staff Writer

19 Aug, 2016 | 11:02 am

Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 130 guided Surrey squeeze into the Royal London One Day Cup semi finals with a last ball victory against Northamptonshire.

Sangakarra smashed the final ball to the boundary to seal the win in a 29-run stand with No.11 Jade Dernbach.

Surrey needed 12 runs to win off the final over after slumping from 234-5 to 250-9 in the closing stages.

With four balls remaining, Sangakkara leap across his stumps to paddle sweep Mohammad Azharullah into the sight screen over the wicket keeper’s head for six. It was an extraordinary shot at such a tense moment.

Earlier, Rory Kleinveldt’s unbeaten 76 meant Northants posted 276 after a last-wicket partnership added 49 runs.

Last man Jade Dernbach scrambled through for a bye to leave two to win off the final ball, which former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Sangakkara struck to the boundary.

It left Northamptonshire heartbroken after a fine comeback in the field and Ben Duckett ruing his dropped catch off Sangakkara on seven.

He reached a third one-day century for Surrey in 116 balls it was his 37th career ton in 50 over cricket.

Earlier, Northants had been bowled out for 276 with an over to spare.

 

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