MX23RW : Monday, May 6 06:07:44| >> :600:309016:309016:

Result: Kent demolish Surrey at the Oval

Kent leapfrog fellow strugglers Surrey with Oval mauling

Last season's Royal London One-Day Cup runners-up Kent opened their South Group win account for 2019 by trouncing fellow strugglers Surrey by eight wickets at the Oval.

Kent skittled out Surrey for just 127 inside 36 overs as only Dean Elgar made it past 14, the South Africa batsman standing firm to finish unbeaten on 62.

Kent then made light of the run chase, coasting home with more than 21 overs to spare with Daniel Bell-Drummond (41), interim skipper Heino Kuhn (36 not out) and Matt Renshaw (32no) leading the way.

Chasing 128 at a modest asking rate of 2.56 an over, Kent had already reduced their target to double figures when Zak Crawley skied a catch to third man.

Bell-Drummond and Australia batsman Renshaw continued their side's aggressive approach to the pursuit with a second-wicket stand worth 43 that ended when Bell-Drummond fenced at a Conor McKerr leg-cutter to be caught behind.

Despite the fast fading light and squally showers, Kuhn and Renshaw showed all their international experience to steer Spitfires to victory with an unbroken half-century stand to wrap up their side's win by 4.15pm.

Batting first after winning the toss on an overcast morning, Surrey made a poor start in the face of some impressive line-and-length bowling from Kent's new-ball pairing of Harry Podmore and Matt Milnes.

Podmore broke through in the third over of the day when Will Jacks dragged a delivery onto his stumps via an inside edge.

Four balls later, left-hander Mark Stoneman nicked low to slip after being squared up by late away-swing from Milnes, who then rushed one through the gate to peg back Jamie Smith's middle stump.

Occasional seamer Bell-Drummond came on as a surprising first change, only to strike with his sixth delivery from the Vauxhall End, a short one that Rory Burns pulled obligingly to mid-wicket to make it 38 for four.

Surrey's demise continued when Jordan Clark nicked a Bell-Drummond leg-cutter through to the keeper and Ryan Patel skied Renshaw's first-ball full-toss to short fine leg.

Stuart Meaker pulled a Milnes bouncer down the throat of long leg then Renshaw got one to bounce and brush Freddie Van Der Bergh's outside edge for Crawley to pull off a reflex one-handed catch at slip to leave Surrey 98 for eight.

Elgar's 79-ball 50 with two fours and a six helped the hosts limp to a three-figure total, but the dogged accuracy of left-arm paceman Fred Klaassen was rewarded when he demolished McKerr's stumps as the tailender swished across the line.

Elgar was left high and dry when former Test team-mate and ex-Kent quick bowler Morne Morkel was skittled by a Klaassen yorker to end Surrey's innings more than an hour before the scheduled lunch interval.

Bell-Drummond, Renshaw and Klaassen bagged two wickets apiece, with Milnes the pick of the Spitfires attack with three for 37.

Share this article now:
Jason Roy during an England training session on October 8, 2018
Read Next:
Jason Roy suffers injury blow ahead of World Cup
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account