New signing Heino Kuhn and academy graduate Zak Crawley scored superb centuries in a mammoth unbroken stand as Kent warmed up for next Friday’s Specsavers County Championship in style.
After losing both openers in the first four overs of the day, Kuhn and Crawley steadied the ship before accelerating in the afternoon to reach three figures against oldest rivals Surrey.
Kuhn reached his century off 120 balls with 19 boundaries as the South African impressed supporters on his first appearance for Kent against a strong Division One attack.
20-year-old Zak Crawley pressed his claims for a place in his maiden first XI century before the pair walked off with an unbeaten stand of 217 off 280 balls.
Alex Blake (57*) and Adam Rouse (50*) hit fluent unbeaten half-centuries and gained vital match practice ahead of next Friday’s opening Championship match of 2018 against Gloucestershire (11am).
Kent scored 405 runs for the loss off three wickets.
Kent squad: Joe Denly (c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sean Dickson, Heino Kuhn, Zak Crawley, Alex Blake, Darren Stevens, Will Gidman, Adam Rouse (wk), Calum Haggett, Harry Podmore, Adam Riley, Matt Hunn, Ivan Thomas.
Surrey squad: Rory Burns (c), Arun Harinath, Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope (wk), Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran, Gareth Batty, Jade Dernbach, Mathew Pillans, Matt Dunn, Stuart Meaker.
|DJ Bell-Drummond||c A Harinath b JW Dernbach||8||10||1||0|
|SR Dickson||lbw b SM Curran||0||12||0||0|
|HG Kuhn||retired not out||105||129||20||0|
|Z Crawley||retired not out||103||151||19||0|
|AJ Blake||retired not out||57||83||4||4|
|DI Stevens||lbw b GJ Batty||17||21||2||1|
|WRS Gidman||not out||30||67||4||0|
|AP Rouse†||retired not out||50||56||10||0|
|CJ Haggett||not out||16||10||4||0|
|Extras||(b 2, lb 7, nb 10)||19|
|Total||3 wickets, 89 overs||405||539||65||5|