Bowlers give Surrey edge at Kent

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close day one: Kent 266, Surrey 50-0
Kent 2pts, Surrey 3pts
Match scorecard

Surrey's bowlers had the better of the first day at Canterbury as they bowled Kent out for 266.

Joe Denly (49) and Robert Key got the home side off to a promising start as they put on 80 for the first wicket.

But after Zander de Bruyn removed Key for 35, wickets fell at regular intervals with Yasir Arafat (3-62) the pick of the vistors' attack.

Wahab Riaz (34) offered some late resistance for Kent before Surrey began their reply, closing on 50-0.

Openers Rory Hamilton-Brown and Steve Davies rarely looked in trouble for the visitors and will begin day two looking capitalise on their bowlers' efforts.


BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"Having won the proverbial "good toss to win" Kent elected to bat on what looked a batting friendly strip, got off to a good start with Denly and Key putting on an 80 opening stand, then saw a procession of wickets after lunch as a result of some very disciplined Surrey bowling.

"Wahab Riaz boosted what might have otherwise been a disappointing total contributing 34 as he shared in a ninth wicket partnership of 36 with Matt Coles and a last wicket stand of 26 with Simon Cook.

"Matt Coles, who had been out of the side for nine weeks through injury, told BBC Radio Kent that he was really pleased to be back in the side but was disappointed that he hadn't been able to take a Surrey wicket when Surrey replied to Kent's 266.

"In fact, Surrey's openers negotiated the 12 overs they had with relative ease although Riaz did drop Davies off Coles and that would have been a real boost to the returning young pace bowler."

BBC Surrey's Mark Church:

"Surrey will be satisfied with their efforts on the opening day. After Kent had won the toss and decided to bat first the home side were given an excellent start to their innings by Rob Key and Joe Denly.

"But after Key departed off the bowling of the excellent Zander de Bruyn with the score on 80 Surrey changed tactics and it paid dividends.

"They bowled with great discipline and starved Kent of runs and no batsmen could take a start to their innings and convert it to something substantial.

"In the final session of the day Kent were all out for 266 and Rory Hamilton-Brown and Steven Davies then steered Surrey to stumps on 50 without loss.

"Surrey will look to build on the first day with the bat and display the same discipline they showed with the ball on the opening day."

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