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Van Jaarsveld bags three catches as Kent continue to toil

Friday 28th August 2009

Martin van Jaarsveld (pictured right) pocketed three chances at second slip

By Mark Pennell
KENT“S bowlers continued to toil away in the Canterbury sunshine by taking five Surrey wickets in the morning session of Saturday“s second day.
By thefirst interval the Brown Caps, resuming on their overnight score of 261 for four, reached 409 for nine after 126 overs as the home attack continue to share the wickets around.
Surrey added 14 before losing their most high-profile casualty Mark Ramprakash to only the 10th ball he had faced of the day.
Fencing at a delivery from Simon Cook from the Pavilion End, Ramprakash got the shoulder of his bat to a lifter and the ball looped gently into the hands of Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip to send the former England man packing after 131 minutes for 46.
Five overs later, left-hander Chris Schofield (9) became the third victim of the innings for young right-arm seamer Phil Edwards who, bowling from the Nackington Road End, moved one off the seam down the slope to take a thick outside edge that flew to van Jaarsveld“s left at second slip for another safe catch.
Van Jaarsveld took his third catch of the morning session in the 109th over to make it 340 for seven when he went low to his left to snaffle an outside edge off the driving bat of right-hander Stuart Meaker (23) in the first over of a new spell from Amjad Khan.
The catch took van Jaarsveld“s season“s tally to 26, taking him level with Justin Kemp as the club“s leading outfield catcher.
Kemp shone with the ball in having Jade Dernbach (5) caught overhead at point by Sam Northeast off a sliced and somewhat mistimed drive then, just before lunch, Khan switched to the Pavilion End to trap Matt Spriegel leg before.
On the back foot and working to leg to one that nipped back down the slope Sprigel“s 123-ball stay ended just one short of a half-century to give Kent their third bowling bonus point just 15 balls prior to the 120-over cut off point .