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Summary

  1. Surrey beat Essex by 10 runs
  2. Kevin Pietersen out for 52 on return for Surrey
  3. Pietersen did not field after suffering a calf strain while batting
  4. The former England batsman had not played in England since June 2015

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By Alex Winter

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Pietersen takes the headlines

Surrey 150-9 beat Essex 140-7 by 10 runs

Kevin Pietersen batting
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It's a significant result in the South Group table. Surrey bounce back from consecutive defeats to pick up a third win in five games and move up to third in the table with the second London derby to come on Friday night, back at the Oval.

Essex have slipped into a hole and with just one win from five matches will do well to qualify for the quarter-finals from here. They travel to Hampshire on Friday.

But the headline writers have got what they wanted at the Oval tonight as Kevin Pietersen plays a match-winning knock on his return to English cricket. Goodnight.

Surrey 150-9 beat Essex 140-7 by 10 runs

A low-scoring thriller at the Oval. This game played on the same wicket where 205 wasn't enough for Surrey against Kent - tonight 150 is good enough against Essex. Did not see that coming at half-time but in both innings, scoring became very difficult.

'Pietersen made the difference'

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Both sides have bowled brilliantly at each other but Kevin Pietersen was the only batsman to get runs on the board.

That has been the difference between the two sides.

Surrey win by 10 runs

Tom Curran sees the game out easily and Surrey have pulled off a remarkable win defending just 150.

Tom Curran
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WICKET Foster c Finch b Tom Curran 6

And that will do it for Surrey. James Foster swinging for all he's worth and Aaron Finch takes the catch at long-on to end Essex's hopes.

Essex need 12 from two balls

James Foster swings a boundary that almost carries for six. Two maximums needed now.

Essex need 17 from four balls

Just singles from the first two balls - are Surrey home?

Essex need 19 from the final over

A yorker to finish from Jade Dernbach and he's done well, handing over 19 for Tom Curran to defend in the final over - he defended 10 in the game at Chelmsford.

Essex need 22 from nine balls

Four more from Ryan ten Doeschate. A top-edge skips away to the fine leg fence.

Essex chasing 151 to beat Surrey

Ryan ten Doeschate
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Jade Dernbach's final over and Ryan ten Doeschate finds a badly-needed boundary over extra-cover. He has to be the man to win this for Essex now.

Essex 121-6 need another 30 to beat Surrey 150-9

Tom Curran
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Outstanding stuff from Tom Curran and is this now beyond Essex with 30 to get from just 12 balls? They have to leave at least below 20 to win from the final over.

WICKET Zaidi b Tom Curran 8

Essex 120-6 v Surrey 150-9

Slower ball from Tom Curran - he's excellent with the change-ups - and it totally deceives Ashar Zaidi who's cleaned up.

Essex chasing 151 to beat Surrey

Tom Curran to bowl two of the final three overs and he starts well with just three singles from the first three balls.

Surrey in the box seat?

Nick Gledhill

BBC Essex

I fancy Surrey to win it from here but a lot depends on these two batsmen for Essex because of the way the pitch is playing and the fact Surrey have bowled well.

Essex 117-5 need another 34 to beat Surrey 150-9

Ashar Zaidi
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The big-swinging Ashar Zaidi arrives and he finds a boundary with a clip to long-leg. Better over for Essex with nine from it but it's still 34 needed from 18 balls.

Essex 108-5 need another 43 to beat Surrey 150-9

Having broken that important stand, I think Surrey will now be confident of defending this now. Another Tom Curran crucial final over anyone?

WICKET Bopara c Finch b Dernbach 24

Essex 107-5 chasing 151 to beat Surrey

Jade Dernback
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Big wicket for Surrey. Essex would have wanted more from Ravi Bopara. He lifted Jade Dernbach over extra-cover first ball of the over but then holes out to long-on.

Essex 101-4 need another 50 to beat Surrey 150-9

Like the first innings, boundaries are hard to come by and Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate need to think differently about how to get these remaining 50 runs. 30 balls in which to do so.

Tight finish on the cards?

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

I think we're in for a tight finish. This has all the makings of a low-scoring thriller because scoring seems to be becoming harder the further we get into each innings.

Essex 93-4 need another 58 to beat Surrey 150-9

Just four runs from Gareth Batty's final over - 2-19 for him - and Surrey have suddenly nudged the asking rate to nine and a half from the final six overs. Tough ask.

Essex 89-4 need another 62 to beat Surrey 150-9

Stuart Meaker asked to bowl out and Ravi Bopara pulls him for four but otherwise a good over and Meaker finishes with 2 for 27 from his four overs.

Essex 82-4 need another 69 runs to beat Surrey 150-9

Big over for Surrey and they are still in this game. Much depends now on this partnership between Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate. Know what they're doing these two.

WICKET Wheater lbw Batty 0

Essex 80-4 v Surrey 150-9

Adam Wheater goes lbw first ball trying to paddle sweep. Surrey back in the game?

WICKET Westley st Sangakkara b Batty 17

Essex 80-3 chasing 151 to win

Surrey celebrate
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Canny piece of bowling from the Surrey skipper, beating Tom Westley in the flight and another batsman having got set, gets out.

Essex 77-2 need another 74 to beat Surrey 150-9

A top-edged pull from Tom Westley whistles to the fine leg fence for a welcome boundary. He finds another to get the board moving again - did Gareth Batty get greedy with a third Stuart Meaker over? 10 from it.

Essex 67-2 need another 84 to beat Surrey 150-9

Like the first innings, this effort has just drifted away after a strong start. Plenty of batting to come though for Essex.

Essex 61-2 need another 90 to beat Surrey 150-9

Useful wicket for Surrey and they get the set batsman out.

WICKET Lawrence c Tom Curran b Meaker 24

Surrey 150-9 v Essex 61-2

Stuart Meaker
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Second wicket for Stuart Meaker as Dan Lawarence, having backed away to swung a boundary over the off-side, holes out to deep square.

Essex 55-1 need another 96 to beat Surrey 150-9

Gareth Batty will fight to the death and he comes up with a tidy over and draws a leading edge from Dan Lawrence. The required rate just edges to eight-an-over.

Essex 50-1 need another 101 to beat Surrey 150-9

Much-needed wicket-taking over for Surrey but they'll need a few more to have a chance to defend this score.

WICKET Chopra c Pope b Meaker 27

Essex 47-1 chasing 151 to win

Oh boy do Surrey need this. A miscued pull from Varun Chopra and his entertaining 22-ball knock comes to an end with a simple catch at midwicket.

Essex 43-0 need another 108 to beat Surrey 150-9

Surrey
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Chasing a small target, this is a great Powerplay for Essex, steadily ticking the board along and crucially not losing a wicket. But a fine over from Sam Curran to end the Powerplay, yeilding just a single.

This chase could be very boring because Essex don't need to take any chances at all. They have complete control so far.

Essex 42-0 need another 109 to beat Surrey 150-9

It was a great start to the over from Tom Curran with three dot balls from four deliveries but a ball slightly wide of the off stump is crashed to the point fence by Varun Chopra and it's another good over for Essex.

Essex 35-0 chasing 151 to beat Surrey

Dan Lawrence
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Another sharp single attempted and this time Varun Chopra survives with Sam Curran missing the stumps. Dan Lawrence drives a boundary back past Jade Dernbach and strikes the final ball of the over for another four. It's a good Powerplay so far for Essex.

News of Kevin Pietersen - Surrey have said he's strained a calf while batting.

Surrey 150-9 v Essex 26-0

Better over from Tom Curran, Dan Lawarence tries to swing him down the ground but it wasn't timed and there's just five from the over.

Derbyshire wrap up seven-wicket win

It's all over at New Road where Derbyshire have completed a comfortable seven-wicket win with 10 balls to spare over Worcestershire.

Wayne Madsen finished 58 not out for Derbyshire, who are up to second in the North group.

Surrey 150-9 v Essex 21-0

Essex batsmen
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Varun Chopra has begun the T20 campaign in decent touch and drives his first boundary past point, great timing off Sam Curran, and then sizes on a ball slightly short for six over deep square.

Derbyshire cruising towards win

As Essex's innings gets under way, we're closing in on a result at New Road where Derbyshire look set to complete a comfortable win over Worcestershire.

Chasing the hosts' 186-5, Derbyshire require 14 from the last three overs, with Wayne Madsen well set on 57 off 34 balls.

Surrey 150-9 v Essex 8-0

No dramas needed in this small chase but straight away Dan Lawrence almost runs himself out, a direct hit would have done for him. A boundary to long-leg makes it a good first over for Essex.

An interesting side note, Kevin Pietersen isn't fielding. 12th man Rory Burns is on for Surrey.

Essex chase under way

Surrey 150-9 v Essex

Players are back out, Essex chasing just 151 to win and Kumar Sangakkara - for the first time - is keeping wicket for Surrey which is interesting. Jade Dernbach to get the second innings under way.