Rain halts century stand by Key and Denly

Friday 10th July 2009

Rob Key hit his maiden championship 50 of the season at The Brit Oval

Surrey v Kent LV County Championship, Division 2, The Brit Oval, day 2.
By Mark Pennell
A maiden century opening stand for the summer between Rob Key and Joe Denly put Kent into a sound position come Saturday“s close, even though rain and bad light prevented any play after tea at The Brit Oval.
Kent reached the mid-point of the game on 152 without loss after 40 overs with Key on 71, his best score of the season by some distance, while Denly led the way with 79 that included seven fours and a brace of sixes.
Neither man was seriously troubled; Key survived one concerted shout for a catch at the wicket and Deny one leg-before appeal that appeared to pitch outside leg, other than that is was plain sailing as they posted a hundred in 25 overs.
Later that over Denly reached his 50 from 76 balls with seven fours and soon celebrated with sixes off Murtaza Hussain, into the first row of seats in the OCS Stand, then a second off Chris Schofield, who over pitched to be driven into the Pavilion.
Key took 69 balls to reach the landmark, his first 50 of the summer included eight fours, as he and Denly cut the Surrey lead to 234 by tea.
Earlier, Kent needed a further 75 minutes to polish off Surrey“s first innings at 386 all out after 115 overs.
Resuming on their first day, overnight score of 342 for eight, Surrey“s tail continued to wag courtesy of a ninth-wicket stand between Chris Schofield (54) and Murtaza Hussain (24) who added 56 in 21 overs – a Surrey record against Kent at The Oval, beating 55 set by E W Pooley and T Sewell jnr. back in 1865.
Schofield reached a deserved 50 from 78 balls with 13 fours as he and Hussain batted on untroubled throughout a morning session that included a 29-minute delay for bad light and drizzle.
Kent eventually made their breakthrough in the 19th of the second day, when Amjad Khan enticed Hussain to push outside the line of off stump and edge to Geraint Jones.
Then, two balls and one run later, Schofield“s attempted pull off a Khan bouncer flew to long leg where Simon Cook ran in from the ropes to take a well-judged catch and leave Kent to survive 10 minutes“ bating through to lunch.