Surrey v Kent: Stuart Meaker hits top form to give hosts chance

LV= County Championship Division Two, Guildford

Close, day three: Kent 408 & 229-6 v Surrey 398

Surrey 7pts; Kent 8pts

Match scorecard

Seamer Stuart Meaker followed up a crucial half century with four wickets to give Surrey hope going into the final day against Kent at Guildford.

Resuming on 303-6 and chasing 408, the hosts slipped to 316-9, but Meaker (53) and Matt Dunn's (31 no) partnership of 82 limited Kent's lead to just 10 runs.

Meaker (4-67) then kept Kent's top order at bay, although Rob Key (59) and Brendan Nash (51) built a solid total.

At the close of play on day three, Kent were 229-6 with a lead of 239.

Meaker's first-innings knock was the fifth first-class half century of his career and his first of the season.

The 25-year-old has now also taken eight wickets so far in the match.

Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker told BBC London 94.9:

"I'm not sure whether I'm happier with the 50 or the four wickets. It's been tough sitting on the sidelines so I thought this was a good chance for me.

"I think it's still all to play for. We've got a really good chance of winning this game."

Kent captain Rob Key told BBC Radio Kent:

"We might already have enough runs. or we might need another 150.

"It will all depend on how this pitch plays out and how well our bowlers bowl."

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"Kent might have thought they were in trouble as wickets fell after tea, but a rearguard action from Billings and Haggett rescued Kent and actually set this game up for what could yet be an enthralling last day.

Anything could happen, all results are still possible and it is Kent who have the runs on the board."