Published: 7th May, 2014
Surrey were beaten by Kent just after lunch on the final day at Canterbury. Matthew Dunn and Jade Dernbach added 33 runs in the morning and two early wickets from Aneesh Kapil stalled Kent’s chase of 54. But the hosts had no further alarms as they secured a deserved victory.
Surrey began the morning with Dunn and Dernbach at the crease leading by 20. The final pair played extremely well in the circumstances with Dernbach the aggressor and Dunn showing admirable technique and temperament.
Dernbach launched Mitchell Claydon over midwicket for six and then drove him to the long on boundary. Dunn used his feet to the off spin of Adam Riley and drove him down the ground for four as Surrey moved past 200.
Dernbach had reached 24 when he came down the wicket to Riley and was stumped as Surrey were all out for 203. Dunn remained unbeaten on 13 meaning he has not yet been dismissed in his 10 First Class innings’ equalling the record in this country.
Kent required 54 for victory but after one ball of their run chase the heavens opened and play was delayed until 12:35. And first ball after the break Kapil trapped Sam Northeast LBW without scoring to leave the hosts 0-1.
And Kapil then had Rob Key caught off the glove by Jason Roy as slip for 3 and Kent found themselves 11-2. Daniel Bell-Drummond settled any nerves by striking four consecutive boundaries and Brendan Nash was in one day mode as he uppercut Dernbach for six..
Nash brought up the Kent fifty and it was left to Bell Drummond to hit the winning runs as he finished unbeaten on 29 and with Nash 18* Kent secured victory by 8 wickets.
Disappointment for Surrey and they will now turn their attention to the Championship game against Gloucestershire starting at the Kia Oval on Sunday.