Tredwell eventually breaks through at The Oval

Thursday 9th July 2009

James Tredwell had Jonathan Batty caught at slip with the last ball before lunch

Surrey v Kent, LV County Championship Division 2, The Brit Oval.
Day one lunch.
By Mark Pennell
KENT suffered a frustrating Friday morning in SE11 as hosts Surrey, having won the toss and elected to bat, reached 105 for one by lunch on the opening day of this second division clash.
Visiting captain Rob Key made two changes to the side that beat Gloucestershire in Beckenham earlier in the month, as 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.
Finding themselves in the field on a bright but blustery morning, Kent“s attack were somewhat guilty of wasting the new ball which opening bowlers Parnell and Amjad Khan sprayed both sides of the wickets.
Khan“s three overs from the Vauxhall End conceded three boundaries and 15 runs in total and he was soon replaced by Darren Stevens who sent down two overs of slingy away-swingers before giving way to Ryan McLaren.
Parnell, who tended to over-pitch if anything, also leaked three boundaries in his six over spell of nought for 23 from the Pavilion End as Surrey openers Jonathan Batty and Michael Brown posted the 50 stand inside 12.1 overs.
Kent“s first appeal of a lacklustre morning came after an hour and in the 16th over when McLaren, the pick of the attack on show, nipped one back off the seam to beat the defence of Brown on 37 but umpire Rob Bailey turned down the leg before appeal.
In the lead up to lunch Khan switched ends to replace Simon Cook at the Pavilion End after a spell of 5-0-20-0, but again the England paceman struggled to make Brown and Batty play.
The Surrey pair raised their hundred stand just before the interval when Brown nicked one past the reach of a diving Justin Kemp at slip off the bowling of James Tredwell, the sixth Kent bowler used during the session. But, in his next over and with the last ball before lunch, Tredwell enticed Jonathan Batty (44) to drive and edge to slip where Kemp took the waist-high catch with ease.