A spectacular 73 not out by former Proteas batsman Hashim Amla inspired Surrey to a 56-run victory over Kent in one of the quarterfinals of the Vitality Blast on Thursday.
With a spot in Finals Day on the line, Surrey batted first after losing the toss as Amla and opening partner Jason Roy combined for a brilliant 114-run stand for the first wicket.
Roy departed for 56 off 42 deliveries, while Amla kicked on, bringing up a half-century of his own in his typical elegant fashion.
Amla would carry his bat in an innings that included nine fours and one six, while facing only 53 balls throughout the 20 overs as Surrey posted 169-2.
In reply, the Kent innings was undone by the brilliance of Will Jacks, who starred with the ball with figures of 4-15 in his four overs.
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The Kent batsmen failed to get going with Jack Leaning finishing as the highest run scorer with 34 as they only managed 113-7 in their 20 overs.
Surrey will now face Gloucestershire in the first semi-final of Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday after they beat Northamptonshire by 7 wickets on Thursday.
Dane Vilas’ Lancashire and Nottinghamshire will contest the other semifinal for a spot in the final on Saturday after picking up respective victories over Sussex and Leicestershire in Thursday’s other quarterfinals.