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Tredwell and Edwards strike just before tea as Kent take command

Saturday 29th August 2009

James Tredwell took the first wicket, that of Michal Brown

Kent v Surrey, LV County Championship Division 2, day three. Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
KENT continued to dominate proceedings on day three at St Lawrence where Surrey, having conceded a first innings lead of 94, went in at tea struggling on 46 for two after 12 overs of their second innings.
Batting again and without the services of Mark Ramprakash who broke his thumb in the first innings, Surrey lost openers Michael Brown (5) and Jonathan Batty (26) in the space of five balls.
Brown, prodding forward at James Tredwell“s third ball from the Nackington Road End, offered a bat pad catch to Alex Blake at silly point then, in the next over from Phil Edwards, Batty fell leg-before when pushing outside the line of an off-cutter.
Earlier, Geraint Jones“s career-best 156 coupled with a flamboyant knocks from Darren Stevens (112) and Justin Kemp (92) allowed Kent to reach 517 all out for maximum batting bonus points and a first innings lead of 94.
Jones bettered his previous career best 133, scored against Glamorgan earlier this season, in the 81st over of the innings when spanking the first delivery with the second new ball from Jade Dernbach for four through cover point.
The former England keeper teamed up with Stevens to thump 51 in five overs against the new cherry and in total the pair added 183 in 39 overs – comfortably Kent“s highest fourth-wicket stand of the summer.
Jones reached the first 150 of his career with a forceful pull for four against Dernbach, the 21st four of his stay, but the fun ended moments later when, three balls after a five-minute break for bad light, Jones lost his off stump to a Stuart Meaker leg-cutter.
At the other end Stevens rode his luck to post his second hundred of the summer from 111-balls with 17 fours and a six.
The right-hander from Hinckley was dropped off successive balls when on 90 and 91, firstly when Stewart Walters got one hand to a diving chance at slip off Dernbach then, two overs later, when Pedro Collins dropped a sitter at mid-off against the bowling of Tim Linley.
In all Kent added 159 in the 29-over morning session for the loss of Jones, all at a spectacular scoring rate of 5.48 per over.
But in the quest for even quicker runs Kent lost their last six wickets inside 21 overs of the mid-session as Schofield and Meaker finished with three wickets apiece.
After three hours at the crease Stevens edged an attempted drive to slip then James Tredwell (11) picked out the extra cover fielder with a lofted drive against Tim Linley.
Alex Blake (1) lasted only four balls before he missed a Schofield leg-spinner that went through the gate to peg back the left-hander“s middle stump.
Simon Cook (2) was trapped on the crease and leg-before by a Meaker shooter then Khan, shuffling half-forward to the same bowler, also went lbw.
Kemp clattered three sixes and 11 fours in his 79 ball stay that ended bizarrely when, in chancing a second run to Schofield at deep point, he was run out when keeper Jonathan Batty tipped the throw onto the striker“s end stumps to finish the Kent innings at 3pm.