Surrey fightback late on to thwart Kent’s progress. 22nd May 2019
Kent vs Surrey
294 439 and 11-0
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Tuesday 21st May 2019 Day Two
Peter Moore at Beckenham
Kent opening batsman Sean Dickson scored a superb century with wickets falling around him as Kent were all out for 294 on Day Two against Surrey at The County Ground Beckenham.
The 27-year-old South African born player, who holds an English passport, dug in for over five hours for 128 as the home side lost their last nine wickets for 97 runs.
Surrey resumed on their overnight total of 420-9, which was mainly down to Will Jacks recording his maiden first-class century for Surrey and an unbeaten 87 from Rikki Clarke- who rescued Surrey from 65 for 5.
On a glorious morning for cricket, the visitors added 19 more runs in 14 deliveries with 16 coming of the bat of Conor Mckerr, with four boundaries flying over the slips. Clarke(88) added a single before edging Harry Podmore to first slip as Surrey were bowled out for 439.
21-year-old opener Zak Crawley posted a half-century off 65 balls with nine boundaries to follow up his 81 against Yorkshire at Canterbury last week, alongside youngster Sean Dickson who was 48 not out at lunch, with the pair rarely troubled as Kent lunched on 106 for 0.
In the first over after lunch Dickson brought up his fifty which came off 85 balls with eight fours. Surrey struggled to get the initial breakthrough and had to wait until almost 2.30 before Clarke struck by bowling Crawley(63) with a super delivery that had just middle stump left in the ground. The opening pair had given Kent a fine platform to build on by putting on 128 for the opening wicket.
Before tea Gareth Batty was recalled back into the attack and immediately bowled Daniel Bell-Drummond(37) as the batsman missed a straight delivery. The experienced Batty kept probing away and causing batsman trouble. It was a bit surprising that he was reintroduced back into the attack so late in the afternoon session, with just a few overs remaining before tea. At the interval, the home side had enjoyed the afternoon session having moved on to 203 for 2, with Dickson closing in on a century on 94 not out.
The South African Dickson reached his century by lifting his 187th delivery he had received over the head of Batty for his twelve boundary. Batty then picked up wickets with successive deliveries as Heino Kukn(15) feathered a catch behind and Ollie Robinson(0) was snapped up at slip. The final session was beginning to sway back with Surrey after Will Jacks took a brilliant catch at third slip diving low to his right as Wiaan Mulder(7) made his way back to the pavilion. Alex Blake(0) became the next batsman to depart from the scene when he edged Sam Curran to slip as Kent slipped from 226 for 2 to 238 for 6, having lost four wickets for 18 runs inside 33 balls.
The new ball was taken after exactly 80 overs, and with the very first delivery Sam Curran had Dickson(128) caught behind. Dickson’s fine knock consisted of 14 fours and spanned 237 balls. Podmore and Matt Milnes saw Kent past the follow on total before Milne(7) nicked a delivery behind off Curran. Jacks was back in the action once again by holding on to a sharp chance at short leg with Podmore(11) the last wicket to fall as Kent were bowled out for 294, having been 197 for 2 at one stage.
With a first innings lead of 145, Surrey’s openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman were left to negotiate three overs, and at the close took the visitors to 11 without loss, an overall lead of 156.