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Surrey v Kent: Tredwell turn not enough for Kent

Thursday 16th July 2015

Men’s First Team

James Tredwell took three wickets and a fine catch off Joe Denly as Surrey secured a six-wicket win in the LV= County Championship match at the Kia Oval.

Surrey reached their fourth innings target of 125 after Tredwell struck to reduce Surrey to 26 for two when Kumar Sangakkara fell for a single in the sixth over of the morning.

Resuming on 4 for 1, having seen Zafar Ansari bowled by the last ball of day three by Tredwell, Sangakkara was beaten by off spinner Tredwell’s sharp turn and stumped by wicketkeeper Sam Billings.

Rory Burns led the resistance with 46 and Ben Foakes helping the opener to add a valuable 55 for the third wicket.

In all, Foakes faced 91 balls, hitting three fours and three sixes, while Jason Roy hit the winning runs by cover-driving Tredwell, who finished with 3 for 61.

Tredwell was Kent’s chief threat in spin-friendly conditions, but both Burns and Foakes, promoted to no 4, played him well as he toiled away from the Pavilion End.

Both needed some good fortune against the turning ball, with two Tredwell deliveries beating them and keeper Billings to fly away for byes.

Foakes, on 21, also edged Tredwell just short of Matt Coles at slip but soon he was hitting him high over mid on for four to keep Surrey moving swiftly towards their target.

Burns was bowled around his legs aiming a sweep at Tredwell, but by then he had hit eight fours in an important 85-ball knock for his team.

Arun Harinath replaced Burns at the crease and joined Foakes in a partnership of 34 before on 14 edging Denly to Tredwell at slip to leave Surrey 115 for four.

But with only ten more runs required, it did not take Foakes (57*) and Roy (4*) long to see Surrey over the line.

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