Ramprakash has Kent on the run in SE11

Thursday 9th July 2009

Wayne Parnell ran out Michael Brown but Kent success was few and far between

Surrey v Kent, LV County Championship Division 2, The Brit Oval.
Day one, tea.
By Mark Pennell
HALF-CENTURIES from Michael Brown and Mark Ramprakash ensured hosts Surrey remained in command on the opening day at The Oval where the Brown Caps went in at tea on 209 for three.
After a scrappy first session when their bowlers struggled to bow tight lines or lengths, Kent finally broke through with the final delivery before lunch.
The visitors improved slightly after the interval to remove two more in the mid-session, but still the boundaries continued to flow as Surrey“s top-order made good use of a sublime pitch and a rapid outfield.
A century opening stand in 30 overs between Jonathan Batty (44) and Brown ended on the stroke of lunch when Batty, aiming a push drive to cover against off-spinner James Tredwell, edged to first slip where Justin Kemp pocketed a regulation chance to make it 105 for one.
Having reached his chanceless 50 from 84 balls with eight fours Brown went to a run out. It was Ramprakash on strike who called for a chancy quick single off Wayne Parnell who followed through and threw down the stumps to dismiss Brown for 55.
Seven overs later home skipper Mark Butcher (9) leant back to pull a Ryan McLaren bouncer but the ball was on him too quick and the hook shot flew to mid-on and into the hands of Rob Key.
Ramprakash, with a 79-ball 50 and Usman Afzaal, who needed 18 balls and 26 minutes to get off the mark, dug in thereafter with an unbroken fourth wicket stand that added 72 through to tea.
The highlight of the partnership thus far; a Ramprakash straight six off James Tredwell that flew into the OCS stand to raise Surrey“s 200.
At the start of the day visiting captain Key made two changes to the side that beat Gloucestershire in Beckenham earlier in the month. Wayne Parnell returned to the fold instead of Azhar Mahmood, while Joe Denly, back from England Lions“ duty, came in at the expense of Sam Northeast.