Kent hit back after tea to bag five Surrey wickets

Thursday 9th July 2009

Justin Kemp took the prized scalp of Mark Ramprakash for 86

Surrey v Kent, LV County Championship Division 2, The Brit Oval.
Day one, Close
By Mark Pennell
KENT claimed five wickets in the final session of the day to claw their way back into contention on day one of their LV Championship clash with Surrey at a sunny Brit Oval where the hosts closed on 329 for eight.
With Surrey seemingly coasting at tea on 209 for three with Mark Ramprakash well ensconced on 65, it appeared as though Kent were in for a long, tough day in the office.
But a rare wicket for Justin Kemp gave Kent the vital wicket of Ramprakash just 14 short of another hundred and four more soon followed as Kent fought back through off-spinner James Tredwell, who ended the day with figures of three for 66.
Ramprakash looked nailed on for his fourth hundred of the summer in reaching 86 from 139 balls, with 12 fours and a six, but then Kemp“s introduction at the Pavilion End undid the former England maestro.
Pushing well forward at one that bounced, Ramprakash edged through to Geraint Jones to give Kemp only his third wicket of the summer to make it 255 for four.
It sparked a spell where Surrey lost three wickets for 20 runs in the space of 26 balls as Parnell, who replaced Kemp after taking the second new ball, bowled Stewart Walters (12) off an inside edge with his very first delivery of a new stint.
Amjad Khan, who struggled for rhyhtm earlier in the day, also returned and took a wicket in his first over back at the Vauxhall End when Usman Afzaal (46) reached for one going across his body and nicked to Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip.
Tredwell then got in on the act with two wickets in three balls. Chris Jordan (28) pushed at an arm ball to edge to Jones then, two balls later, Alex Tudor appeared cramped in his back foot defensive push and edged to slip where Kemp took a stunning reflex catch to claim Kent“s eighth wicket of the day.
The boundaries flowed earlier in the day as Surrey“s top-order made good use of a sublime pitch and a rapid outfield.
A century opening stand in 30 overs between Jonathan Batty (44) and Brown ended on the stroke of lunch when Batty, aiming a push drive to cover against off-spinner James Tredwell, edged to first slip where Justin Kemp pocketed a regulation chance to make it 105 for one.
Having reached his chanceless 50 from 84 balls with eight fours Brown went to a run out. It was Ramprakash on strike who called for a chancy quick single off Wayne Parnell who followed through and threw down the stumps to dismiss Brown for 55.
Seven overs later home skipper Mark Butcher (9) leant back to pull a Ryan McLaren bouncer but the ball was on him too quick and the hook shot flew to mid-on and into the hands of Rob Key.
Ramprakash, with a 79-ball 50 and Usman Afzaal, who needed 18 balls and 26 minutes to get off the mark, dug in thereafter with an unbroken fourth wicket stand that added 72 through to tea.
The highlight of the partnership was a Ramprakash straight six off James Tredwell that flew into the OCS stand to raise Surrey“s 200.
At the start of the day visiting captain Key made two changes to the side that beat Gloucestershire in Beckenham earlier in the month. Wayne Parnell returned to the fold instead of Azhar Mahmood, while Joe Denly, back from England Lions“ duty, came in at the expense of Sam Northeast.