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Kent claim three wickets before tea but Butcher clings on

Sunday 12th July 2009

James Tredwell bagged the prized scalp of Mark Ramprakash for only five

Surrey v Kent LV County Championship Division 2. The Brit Oval, day three.
By Mark Pennell
OFF-SPINNER James Tredwell winkled two Surrey batsman out in the mid-session of the final day“s play at The Brit Oval, but home captain Mark Butcher was proving more difficult to dislodge.
Surrey went in at tea on 104 for three, requiring 234 to make Kent bat again in a game that now appears to be heading for a draw.
Butcher, hampered by a long-term knee problem, reached a brave, unbeaten 24 and Jonathan Batty kept him company for 25 overs in a third-wicket stand of 56 that ended in the over before tea.
Tredwell struck in the 16th and 18th overs of Surrey“s second innings to account for Michael Brown (25) and Mark Ramprakash (5),
Brown, dropped on five by Geraint Jones when stood back to Simon Cook, prodded at a turning ball to give a bat-pad catch to Rob Key at short leg then, 16 balls later, Ramprakash followed suit to lift Kent“s outside victory hopes a lift, albeit a temporary one.
Batty was only two short of a half-century when, in trying to shoulder arms to Ryan McLaren“s first ball of a new spell, he allowed the ball to come off the face of the bat and roll back onto his stumps.
Earlier, Kent posted their third highest score in championship history at The Brit Oval before captain Rob Key finally declared on 620 for seven.
The visitors were only one short of equalling their second-best total when top-scorer Justin Kemp holed out to long-on for a Kent-best 183 to spark Key“s declaration at 12.25pm with his side 234 ahead in the game.
Kemp and James Tredwell helped add 111 to Kent“s overnight total and featured in a sixth-wicket stand of 123 in 32 overs, to which Tredwell contributed 60.
The left-hander notched his third 50 of the season from 80 balls and with five fours as he and Kemp cashed in against a tiring Surrey attack.
In the process the pair took Kent to their highest ever total against Surrey, beating the county“s previous best of 579 for eight declared scored at the Oval in 1935.
The stand ended after 153 overs when Tredwell drove uppishly to long-off where Stewart Walters took a good catch running to his right.
Kemp was only five short of equalling his career best of 188 for Eastern Province against North West at Port Elizabeth nine years ago when he also holed out to Walters, this time at long-on to go after a 329-minute stay and having scored 22 fours and three sixes.
His wicket gave Murtaza Hussain unenviable bowling figures of two for 208 – the second most expensive innings figures in Surrey history – and left Kent 72 overs remaining in the day in which to dismiss the hosts.