Published: 6th May, 2014
Surrey closed late on the third day leading by just 20 runs and with one wicket remaining at Canterbury. At stumps Surrey were 170-9 and find themselves in a perilous position after losing wickets regularly throughout the afternoon session.
Kent began the day on their overnight 355-4 leading by 70 bu Matthew Dunn gave Surrey the perfect start to the day. He firstly had Darren Stevens caught behind for 2 and then trapped Ben Harmison LBW for 21 to dismiss the two batsmen who had started unbeaten.
Sam Billings and Adam Ball came together and rode their luck with Billings dropped twice and also seeing the ball role back onto his stumps but not removing the bails. But his innings was brought to an end by Jade Dernbach who bowled him for 24 to leave Kent 410-7.
Aneesh Kapil then bowled Mitchell Claydon for 7, his first wicket for Surrey and Dernbach claimed his second wicket of the morning when he had Ball caught behind for 14. And Kapil ended the Kent innings when he had Adam Riley caught by Dunn at fine leg for 10 as the hosts were all out for 435 on the stroke of lunch a lead of 150.
With Graeme Smith having been off the field for the morning session Burns and Arun Harinath opened for Surrey and Harinath started confidently with a boundary but on 9 he edged a good delivery from Bollinger and was caught at slip.
And Surrey found themselves 12-2 when Dominic Sibley was trapped LBW by Claydon without scoring. Burns and Zafar Ansari came together and tried to repair the damage against some disciplined bowling from Kent.
Burns had moved onto 18 but he was then caught off the top edge as he looked to pull Stevens from outside his off stump and Daniel Bell-Drummond took a simple catch. And Surrey were in deep trouble when a smart piece of work from Sam Billings saw Ansari stumped off Adam Riley for 9.
Smith batting at number six made his way to the middle to join Davies with Surrey 47-4. The captain got off the mark by turning Riley to the midwicket boundary and Davies played a couple of handsome shots off Stevens through the covers. Together the Surrey pair guided the side through to tea with the scoreboard reading 77-4.
After the interval Davies found the boundary on both sides of the wicket but he was then LBW to a quicker delivery from Riley for 40. Smith continued to use all his experience to blunt the Kent attack but Surrey found themselves 119-6 when Jason Roy was caught by Rob key looking to drive Riley for 10.
Kapil got off the mark in excellent fashion with a punch off the back foot for four but he then dragged Claydon back onto his stumps and departed for 10. Smith found a willing ally in Meaker who showed a resolute technique and excellent judgement of which balls to play and which to leave alone.
Smith moved to 38 but he then fell to Riley to leave Surrey 150-8 and staring at a three day defeat. But Dunn came to the middle and alongside Meaker the Surrey pair showed huge powers of concentration as the extra half an hour was taken by the home side.
They took Surrey into the lead and into the final over of the day at 7.15 in the evening. But Meaker’s brave innings was brought to an end when he was trapped LBW by Claydon for 12 as Surrey closed on 170-9.
Another tough day for Surrey and tomorrow morning they will try and find as many runs as they can but a win for Kent now looks the most likely result.