Alex Blake knock keeps Kent hope alive against Surrey

LV= County Championship - Division Two, The Oval
Close of play, day two: Surrey 387 & 138-7, Kent 250
Surrey 7pts, Kent 5pts
Match scorecard
County cricket

A defiant knock by Alex Blake kept Kent in the game against Surrey, who struggled in their second innings.

Blake (96) formed a crucial 138-run seventh-wicket partnership with Geraint Jones (61) which helped the visitors rally from 87-6 to 250 all out.

That was still 137 runs short of Surrey's first-innings total but the home side were less assured in their second innings.

David Balcombe's 3-45 helped reduce them to 138-7 - a lead of 275.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"A fascinating third day in prospect with Surrey just about holding the advantage.

"Kent's 250 all out was a good effort after they found themselves 87-6 in the morning session, after excellent bowling form Stuart Meaker and Tim Linley.

"But a record seventh-wicket partnership from Geraint Jones and Alex Blake of 138 rescued the innings, as Blake was the last to go cruelly run out for 96.

"Surrey had a first-innings lead of 137 but the Kent bowlers hit back picking up seven wickets in the final session, as Zafar Ansari guided the hosts to stumps on 138-7.

"The first hour of the third day will be crucial as Surrey will look to extend their lead over 300 and set-up an intriguing run-chase for Kent."

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"Despite probably facing a big target for potential victory, Kent claim the honours on day two at the Oval.

"They hauled themselves back from the brink with an excellent seventh-wicket partnership of 138 between Geraint Jones and Alex Blake, and then took seven Surrey wickets before the close.

"Blake was delighted and told BBC Radio Kent that coach Paul Farbrace had told him that this match was a bonus for him.

"He was only in the side due to injury and he certainly made the most of it."

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