Key and Denly hit tons before mini-collapse

Saturday 11th July 2009

Joe Denly hit a composed third hundred for 2009 before being run out.

Surrey v Kent LV County Championship Division 2, The Brit Oval.
Day Three.
By Mark Pennell

KENT moved the game forward at a scorching pace in Kennington on Sunday courtesy of a record opening stand against Surrey worth 247 between Rob Key and Joe Denly.
The visitors went in a lunch on 282 for four after 72 overs, still trailing by 104 runs but having just suffered a shock mini-collapse in the lead up to the interval that saw them lose four wickets for 22 runs in the space of 28 balls.
The not out batsmen at lunch were Martin van Jaarsveld (22*), who is looking for his third successive championship hundred here in SE11, and Justin Kemp with (6*).
Resuming on their overnight total of 152 without loss Key and Denly cruised past 200 inside 50 overs when Key pulled Alex Tudor for six over the ropes at long leg and after passing 212 the pair set a new record opening stand against Surrey beating the previous best held by Mark Benson (123) and Neil Taylor (88) set at Dartford in 1986.
Denly reached his third hundred of the season from 158 balls with two sixes and 12 fours, the last of which was a straight, lofted drive for four off Murtaza Hussain that took him into treble figures.
Key posted his first hundred of the summer from 154 balls and there were no signs of the nervous 90s as Key went to the ton with a six, four and two off successive balls from Hussain.
The pair looked odds on to bat until lunch but two run outs soon scuppered those hopes and sent Denly and Key packing, both for 123.
In the 63rd over of the innings from Hussain, Key dropped the ball leg-side and called Denly through for a single but, substitute fielder Laurie Evans, deputising for the injured Chris Schofield, raced in an threw to the striker“s end with Denly still short of his ground.
Kent suffered two further set-backs when, in successive overs from Pedro Collins, Geraint Jones and Darren Stevens both suffered second-ball ducks. Jones drove just outside off to a near yorker-length ball and edged behind while Stevens chased one a little wider to again nick to Jonathan Batty.
In the very next over Key“s mammoth 255-minute stay ended in the unluckiest way when, in backing up to a van Jaarsveld drive, he was run out when Hussain finger-tipped the ball onto the non-striker“s stumps.