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Key and Northeast fall before tea at St Lawrence

Friday 28th August 2009

Rob Key fell leg before after hitting three boundaries

Kent v Surrey, LV County Championship Division 2, Day two, Canterbury
By Mark Pennell
CAPTAIN Rob Key was an early casualty as Kent reached Saturday“s tea interval on 116 for two in pursuit of Surrey“s first innings total of 423 all out.
Key, having reached 13 from 12 balls and with three fours, was pinned full on the back foot by a near yorker-length delivery from Jade Dernbach to make it 21 for one just five overs into the reply.
Geraint Jones came in at No3 and was given a first ball life when Michael Brown, in the finer of two gulleys, downed a relatively regulation chance as the former England right-hander fenced at a leg-cutter.
Surrey were made to pay for the miss as Jones and Northeast (48) added 91 in 23 overs for the second wicket before the latter, just to short of his second 50 of the championship campaign and two overs before tea, clipped back a return catch to off-spinner Matt Spriegel.
Geraint Jones (39*) and Martin van Jaarsveld duly made it through the break with Kent still trailing by 307.
Earlier, Surrey lost their last six wickets in a shade over three overs for the addition of a further 162 runs.
The visitors suffered their most high-profile casualty Mark Ramprakash to only the 10th ball he had faced of the day when, in fencing at a delivery from Simon Cook from the Pavilion End, Ramprakash got the shoulder of his bat to a lifter and the ball looped gently into the hands of Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip to send the former England man packing after 131 minutes for 46.
Five overs later, left-hander Chris Schofield (9) became the third victim of the innings for young right-arm seamer Phil Edwards who, bowling from the Nackington Road End, moved one off the seam down the slope to take a thick outside edge that flew to van Jaarsveld“s left at second slip for another safe catch.
Van Jaarsveld took his third catch of the morning session in the 109th over to make it 340 for seven when he went low to his left to snaffle an outside edge off the driving bat of right-hander Stuart Meaker (23) in the first over of a new spell from Amjad Khan.
The catch took van Jaarsveld“s season“s tally to 26, taking him level with Justin Kemp as the club“s leading outfield catcher.
Kemp shone with the ball in having Jade Dernbach (5) caught overhead at point by Sam Northeast off a sliced and somewhat mistimed drive then, just before lunch, Khan switched to the Pavilion End to trap Spriegel leg before.
On the back foot and working to leg to one that nipped back down the slope Sprigel“s 123-ball stay ended just one short of a half-century to give Kent their third bowling bonus point just 15 balls prior to the 120-over cut off point.
Kent polished off the innings four overs after lunch when Pedro Collins, in attempting to swish a short one from Khan through mid-wicket, dragged the ball onto the base of his stumps to give Khan flattering figures of five for 113.
Collins contributed 23 and Ton Linley an unbeaten 35, both representing their best scores for the county.