Kent 45 for 1 (Compton 14*, Bell-Drummond 7*, Worrall 1-8) trail Surrey 671 for 9 dec (Pope 96, Overton 93, Foakes 91, Curran 78, Patel 76, de Grandhomme 66, Clark 54*) by 626 runs
Surrey dominated Kent on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Beckenham, posting 671 for 9 declared before reducing Kent to 45 for 1, a deficit of 626.
The hosts meanwhile maintained their 100 percent record of conceding at least 500 in every first innings so far this season, with Nathan Gilchrist’s 3 for 121 the least awful bowling figures.
Ben Compton and Daniel Bell-Drummond were the not-out batters at stumps on 14 and 7, after Dan Worrall removed England’s Zak Crawley for 17.
Kent went into day two clinging to the hope that early wickets might keep them in the contest and they struck early when Foakes edged Matt Quinn behind.
Surrey responded with a century partnership between Overton, in as a deluxe night-watchman, and Curran. Overton produced an array of shots and raced past 50 with successive fours off George Linde. When he holed out to Darren Stevens he was dropped near the boundary by Jordan Cox, who seemed to misjudge the flight, and in the same over Curran then passed 50 with a single.
Overton subsequently hit Stevens for a six that cleared the stand and smacked Stevens’ next delivery for a maximum over the sightscreen, but he was out in the next over, bowled by Linde, seven runs short of his second first-class century. The dismissal meant Surrey became the first team ever to lose three consecutive batsman in the nineties in first-class cricket, following Pope’s departure late on day one.
Surrey were 470 for 6 at lunch and although Curran was stumped on 78 off Linde, de Grandhomme became the sixth Surrey batter to score a half-century when he took two from Gilchrist.
Tea was delayed until 4.34pm at which point, with the lingering grains of hope draining away from the home fans, Surrey declared, leaving Worrall unbeaten on 44.
Kent were left with 19 overs to navigate until stumps and were probably relieved they only lost Crawley, who was caught behind at the start of the eleventh over.