Zander de Bruyn hits a ton as Surrey make Kent suffer

LV= County Championship - Division Two, The Oval
Surrey 387, Kent 26-2
Surrey 4pts, Kent 3pts
Match scorecard
Zander de Bruyn
Zander de Bruyn's last Championship ton came at Cardiff back on 20 April

Zander de Bruyn hit 179, his highest score in English county cricket, to put Surrey in control at The Oval.

De Bruyn hit 25 fours as Surrey ran up 387, receiving support from ex-Worcestershire team-mate Gareth Batty (65) in a seventh-wicket stand of 135.

Surrey then added to their dominance by claiming two Kent scalps in the 11 overs possible before the close.

Opener Joe Denly, who had earlier claimed three wickets, was the prize scalp as Kent ended on 26-2.

After Tim Linley had found Denly's edge, Stuart Meaker then removed nightwatchman Robbie Joseph.

It was de Bruyn's day, to ensure that Surrey made the most of some indifferent bowling after winning the toss and opting to make first use.

But he did give a chance on 81 when he was dropped by Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip with the score on 184-4.

Wahab Riaz, David Balcombe, on a month's loan from Hampshire, and Ashley Shaw all struck in their respective first overs for Kent, but were unable to prevent the hosts making such rapid progress.


BBC Surrey's March Church:

Surrey will be happy with their efforts on the opening day after a fine innings from Zander De Bruyn and two late Kent wickets saw them take control of the game.

De Bruyn dominated the scoring against a Kent attack that was something of a mixed bag with David Balcombe, on loan from Hampshire, looking the pick of the bowlers and Joe Denly picking up three wickets with his legspin.

But Denly was then dismissed before the close of play by Tim Linley and with the penultimate delivery of the day Stuart Meaker had night-watchman Robbie Joseph LBW to leave Kent with work to do as they went to stumps on 26-2.

BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent's depleted bowling attack were a bit hit and miss. At times Wahab Riaz and loanee David Balcombe looked unplayable, beating the bat with plenty of lateral movement in the early session. But, on a slow pitch, Kent struggled to capitalise.

"Take nothing away from Zander de Bruyn, who paced his innings brilliantly, looking particularly at ease when cutting or driving through the offside and knocking Surrey into one-day mode as they attacked at five an over through the afternoon..

"In reply, Joe Denly was undone by a snorter from Tim Linley before stumps and will need one of their top order to follow de Bruyn in scoring big."