Kent take temporary leadership of Division 2 after Surrey stalemate

Sunday 12th July 2009

Rob Key’s side move above Gloucestershire after banking 12 points at The Oval

Surrey v Kent LV County Championship Division 2. The Brit Oval, day four.
By Mark Pennell
KENT“S four-day clash with Surrey ended in stalemate at The Brit Oval where Surrey skipper Mark Butcher beat the pain barrier to bat his side to a draw on 170 for three in the home second innings.
Trailing by 234 on first innings after Kent“s record total of 620 for seven, Surrey lost three wickets in the mid-session of final day but battled through thereafter through Butcher (60*) and Usman Afzaal (24*) to finally shake hands on the draw at 5pm with the Brown Caps still 64 in arrears.
Butcher, hampered by a long-term knee problem and unable to run quick singles, teamed up with Jonathan Batty for 25 overs in a third-wicket stand of 56 that ended in the over before tea.
Prior to that, off-spinner James 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.