County Championship: Arun Harinath shines as Surrey hit back

Arun Harinath
Arun Harinath is closing in on a third Championship century of the season
LV= County Championship Division Two, Kia Oval (close, day two)
Kent 336: Billings 99, Haggett 80, S Curran 5-101, T Curran 3-75
Surrey 144-1: Harinath 76 not out; Coles 1-52
Kent lead by 192 runs
Surrey 3 pt, Kent 3 pts
Match scorecard

Arun Harinath hit an unbeaten 76 in Surrey's 144-1 as the home side fought back against Kent to trail by 192 runs at the end of day two at The Oval.

Kent resumed on 132-4 and a huge total seemed likely as England ODI batsman Sam Billings (99) and Calum Haggett (80) put on 151 for the seventh wicket.

But Billings fell lbw to debutant Sam Curran, (5-101) and Kent lost four wickets for 31 to end on 336 all out.

And Harinath led a confident Surrey reply, hitting 12 fours.

Rory Burns (31) was the only wicket to fall as the hosts built on the good work by 17-year Curran, whose fine spell with the ball saw him outshine his brother Tom (3-75).

Surrey debutant Sam Curran:

"I didn't bowl as well as I would have liked yesterday so I reflected on that a little bit and talked to (brother) Tom. He talked about being patient and hitting my lengths and luckily it paid off for me today.

"I was probably a bit more nervous making my first-class debut yesterday than when I made my T20 debut, but I was excited as well.

"And opening the bowling with my brother was really special. Tom has had a good season so far so it was my turn to try to catch up a little bit."

Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings:

"Of course, it was extremely disappointing to miss out on my first Championship hundred for Kent, but these things happen.

"You'd take 99 before the day's play, and more pleasing was the fact that me and Calum Haggett got us back into the game.

"We kind of let it slip away again in the evening session. They did bat well but we bowled poorly."