Kent ease to victory

Surrey have no answer to van Jaarsveld

Last Updated: 02/07/08 1:33pm

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Van Jaarsveld: heroic performance

Van Jaarsveld: heroic performance

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LV County Championship - Division One
The Brit Oval
Surrey 397 (J N Batty 136 no, U Afzaal 57) & 130 (S A Newman 72, M van Jaarsveld 5-33) v Kent 270 (M van Jaarsveld 114 no, Saqlain Mushtaq 5-79) & 260-6 (M van Jaarsveld 115 no, D I Stevens 63)
Kent (18pts) beat Surrey (7pts) by 4 wkts

Martin van Jaarsveld's second century of the match guided Kent to a four-wicket victory over Surrey on the final day at the Oval.

The visitors resumed on 166-5 in pursuit of a target of 258 and had little difficulty getting across the line prior to lunch.

Van Jaarsveld, who was 70 not out overnight, extended his sixth-wicket stand with Geraint Jones to 71 to break Surrey's resistance.

And although Jones edged to slip off Jade Dernbach's bowling for 39 with 30 still needed, van Jaarsveld and Yasir Arafat (13no) steered Kent home.

The result capped a remarkable four days for van Jaarsveld, who made 114 not out in the first innings, claimed 5-33 during a rare outing with ball to ruin Surrey's second innings, and then finished the run chase undefeated on 115.

Relegation now looks a distinct possibility for bottom-of-the-table Surrey, who remain winless in the Championship despite taking a 127-run lead into the second innings of this match.

Day Three

Martin van Jaarsveld took the plaudits as Kent fought back on a remarkable day that saw 18 wickets fall.

The South African claimed the five runs he needed to reach his century as Kent moved from 235 to 270 all out in the morning before ripping out five Surrey batsmen as the hosts were skittled for just 130.

Requiring 258 for victory, Kent advanced to 166-5, van Jaarsveld unbeaten on 70 ,with 92 more runs required for the visitors to record a sensational win.

Surrey had begun their second innings with a healthy 127-run lead and Martin Spriegel and Scott Newman added a further 50 before the former trod on his stumps.

It was van Jaarsveld's first wicket and he went on to claim career-best figures of 5-33 as the hosts collapsed in dramatic fashion.

Mark Ramprakash's quest for his 100th first-class century ended on the first ball of his innings two overs later, and Tredwell claimed two wickets in successive balls soon after, bowling Jonathan Batty through the gate for three before getting Usman Afzaal to edge one to Geraint Jones.

Day Two

Jonathan Batty completed his drawn-out century before Surrey's bowlers put them in charge on the second day against fellow strugglers Kent.

Starting the day on 70, former Brown Caps skipper Batty stretched his vigil at the crease to seven hours and 25 minutes and faced 343 balls as he recorded a first century of the season with his 136 not out.

Chris Schofield added 49 with Batty and Saqlain Mushtaq helped him amass 56 for the eighth wicket as Surrey eventually closed on 397 after a marathon effort, with James Tredwell helping with three wickets for Kent.

Joe Denly flew out of the traps in Kent's response with five boundaries but he soon went for 26 while Abdul Razzaq got two wickets on his Championship debut including skipper Robert Key with the score on 67-3.

Saqlain ensured that wickets kept tumbling as he took 3-62 and only Martin Van Jaarsveld's defiant 95 not out kept Kent in the hunt as they closed on 235-7 and still 13 runs short of the follow-on at the close.

Day One

Jonathan Batty's unbeaten 70 helped Surrey make slow but steady progress on day one of their Division One clash with Kent at The Brit Oval.

The wicketkeeper-batsman had batted just short of six hours by the close, helping the hosts get to 251-4 from 97 overs.

Once again Mark Ramprakash was denied his 100th first-class century, the 38-year-old making 48 before being caught behind off the bowling of Ryan McLaren (2-27).

Batty's patient innings saw him face 240 balls and hit eight fours to make his highest score in the LV County Championship this season.

He shared a stand of 103 for the fourth wicket with Usman Afzaal, who made 57, following Ramparakash's dismissal.

Yasir Arafat eventually broke the partnership while Robbie Joseph claimed the other wicket to fall, getting opener Scott Newman caught at mid-on.

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