Kent v Surrey: Adam Riley inspires home side's victory

Adam Riley
LV= County Championship D2, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Kent 435 & 54-2 beat Surrey 285 & 203 by eight wickets
Kent 24 pts, Surrey 5 pts
Match scorecard

Off-spinner Adam Riley claimed his first five-wicket haul of the summer as Kent wrapped up an eight-wicket victory over Surrey at Canterbury.

He finished with 5-78 after having number 11 Jade Dernbach stumped for 24, giving him match figures of 9-155.

Surrey's total of 203 left Kent needing only 54, but they lost two wickets to Aneesh Kapil after a rain interruption.

Daniel Bell-Drummond (29) and Brendan Nash (18) saw them home on 54-2 in the 10th over with an unbroken stand of 43.

It was Kent's first win of the summer and it had looked a formality at the start of play when Surrey resumed on 170-9.

Dernbach and Matt Dunn (13 not out) kept the home side at bay for nine overs before Riley ended their resistance with the former's wicket.

Only one ball of Kent's second innings was possible before rain arrived and when play re-started, Sam Northeast was immediately lbw to former Worcestershire seamer Kapil for a duck.

First-innings centurion Rob Key fared little better as he was caught by Jason Roy for three, but Bell-Drummond struck five boundaries as he and Nash, who made 126 earlier in the match, finished the job.

Surrey's defeat was their second of the season, following relegation in 2013, and they have yet to win in four games so far.

Kent captain Rob Key told BBC Radio Kent:

"We had a really good pre-season and a good vibe but we didn't quite start the season as we would have liked.

"We have come here against a decent Surrey side and put in a really good performance; a proper game of four-day cricket on a proper wicket.

"The groundsman deserves huge credit as it is probably the best wicket I have played on at Canterbury for years."

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