County Championship: Foakes guides Surrey to win over Kent

Ben Foakes
Ben Foakes has two half-centuries and one hundred for Surrey this summer
LV= County Championship Division Two, Kia Oval
Kent 336 & 99: Northeast 33; Batty 4-12, S Curran 3-19
Surrey 311 & 128-4: Foakes 57; Tredwell 3-61
Surrey won by six wickets
Surrey 22 pts, Kent 6 pts
Match scorecard

Surrey closed the gap on Division Two leaders Lancashire with a comfortable six-wicket win over Kent at The Oval.

Chasing 125 to win, the hosts resumed on 4-1, but lost Kumar Sangakkara after he was stumped off James Tredwell.

Rory Burns made 46 before he was bowled by spinner Tredwell (3-61), but wicketkeeper Ben Foakes saw Surrey to 128-4 and victory with an unbeaten 57.

Second-placed Surrey are now eight points behind Lancashire and 39 points clear of Glamorgan in third.

Any early morning nerves after Sangakkara went for one were soon settled as opener Burns and Foakes put on 55 for the third wicket.

Once Burns was out, Foakes took the attack to the Kent bowlers with three sixes to earn his side their sixth Championship win of the season.

Surrey captain Gareth Batty:

"That was a real team performance and, given the weather interruptions on the first day, to win with almost two sessions to spare was to our credit and we had to play some wonderful cricket to do so.

"Kumar Sangakkara's first-innings hundred was world-class and young Sam Curran will also rightly take the plaudits for bowling the way he did on his debut and at the age of 17.

"We already knew he was a special talent, but the way he bowled with the new ball was magnificent. To get eight wickets in the match was tremendous for him.

"He's a great kid too, and our job now is just to keep his feet on the ground and let him play and develop."

Kent head coach Jimmy Adams:

"It was an excellent cricket wicket and the ball never did anything out of the ordinary, although the bowlers had something to work with.

"In four-day cricket you usually have to work harder in your second innings for runs than you did in the first innings, but that's the game.

"There was very little between the two teams for the first two-and-a-half-days, and then in our second innings we batted very poorly and didn't give ourselves a fighting chance.

"Chasing around 200 would have been difficult, but 125 was not enough of a lead."

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