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Surrey v Kent: Northeast hits 45 on rain-affected day one at Kia Oval

Monday 13th July 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent reached 132 for four at stumps after being put in to bat on a rain-affected day one at the Kia Oval.

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Northeast having staged a recovery by adding 60 at quicker than a run-a-ball for the visitors’ third wicket before bad light interrupted the final session.

Damp conditions put paid to any play before 3pm, but Sam, the younger of Surrey’s two Curran brothers soon made up for lost time by parting Joe Denly’s middle and off stumps with an inswinging delivery in the second over.

Sam Curran became Surrey's second youngest first-class debutant 69 years to the day that Tony Lock made his bow against Kent, the youngest to do so.

Both Currans shared new-ball duties for Surrey and older brother Tom struck five overs later when Adam Ball drove to backward point to make it 27 for two.

He also came close to adding to his tally when Daniel Bell-Drummond, on six, was dropped at square leg. Bell-Drummond then joined forces with Sam Northeast, though not before clipping Curran junior through midwicket for four.

Bell-Drummond brought up the 50 partnership in the 16th over, with the first of two fours in the space of three balls from James Burke.

But the introduction of Zafar Ansari’s left-arm spin shortly before tea brought the wicket of Bell-Drummond, who was lbw for 39.

Northeast opened his account with a four straight down the ground and cracked a further four boundaries en route to a fluent 45 off 47 balls before nicking Tom Curran behind to Ben Foakes.

Ben Harmison (11no) and Darren Stevens (6no) played out three maidens before bad light stopped play after just 30 overs of a scheduled 51 following the late start. Sam Northeast, Kent's captain, said: "These days are pretty tough, when you’re on and off and you have to wait around. It started nipping around a bit and unfortunately I got out just after that break for bad light after tea. "Hopefully, we’ll come back tomorrow and the wicket will have flattened out a bit and we can put a big score on the board. "We put away the bad balls, a little bit like the England boys are doing at the moment in terms of being positive. We like to play that style of cricket and put the pressure back on the bowlers. "Sam Curran looks a talent for the future for them. No doubt we’ll see him and play against him for a long time to come.

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