Kent record third highest championship total in Kennington

Sunday 12th July 2009

Justin Kemp was last man out for a county-best 183

Surrey v Kent LV County Championship Division 2. The Brit Oval, day three.
By Mark Pennell
KENT posted their third highest score in championship history at The Brit Oval on Monday before captain Rob Key finally declared on 620 for seven after a mammoth 154.2 overs.
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.
By lunch Surrey had reached 22 without loss after seven overs with Michael Brown on 11 and Jonathan Batty 9, but encouragingly for Kent both spinners James Tredwell and Martin van Jaarsveld beat the bat in their only overs through to the break.