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Daniel Bell-Drummond leads Kent's resistance (147-2) after Surrey post huge total (673-7 declared) in Division 1 of the County Championship

Daniel Bell-Drummond led Kent’s resistance to Surrey’s massive total on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division 1 match at the Kia Oval on Monday.

For only the second time in their history, four batsmen made centuries in the same Championship innings as leaders Surrey piled up 673-7 with Sam Curran scoring his maiden first-class hundred and Will Jacks making an undefeated 103 to add to the first-day centuries by Ben Geddes and Hashim Amla.

Ben Compton is bowled. Picture: Keith Gillard
Ben Compton is bowled. Picture: Keith Gillard

Surrey’s total was a new record against Kent and only two runs more than they made at Beckenham in May when seven of their batters scored fifties - but no-one made a hundred.

Curran then picked up Ben Compton in the fourth over of Kent’s reply and they also lost Joe Denly before Bell-Drummond and stand-in skipper Jack Leaning fought back either side of a 90-minute rain delay which took 17 overs out of the day’s allocation.

Bell-Drummond reached fifty for the second successive match as Kent closed on 147-2, still 526 runs behind.

Earlier, Surrey had continued to dominate an understrength Kent attack with Curran and Jacks to the fore.

They plundered 190 runs in 26.2 overs during a morning session interrupted by a 20-minute rain delay before Surrey declared 20 minutes after lunch after Jacks on-drove Jas Singh for successive boundaries to bring up his hundred.

Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond was 62 not out at the end of day two. Picture: Keith Gillard
Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond was 62 not out at the end of day two. Picture: Keith Gillard

Curran had previously scored 29 fifties without converting any of them but he never looked like missing out against a weakened Kent attack who conceded 5.2 runs an over before their suffering ended. None of their seamers offered sufficient control and Curran did much as he pleased.

He reached his century with a straight hit off South African George Linde which brought him one of his five sixes. He also struck 15 fours in his 126 off 75 balls before slicing a drive to backward point off Linde.

Curran’s sixth-wicket stand of 133 with Jacks came in just 16 overs as Surrey cruised along at 8.2 runs an over before lunch.

Leaning brought himself into the attack - the eighth bowler he employed - and he picked up Gus Atkinson, who drove to deep mid-off, but Jacks needed only 92 balls for his century, which included 18 boundaries. It was the third time this season Kent have conceded more than 600 in the first innings and five of their bowlers went for more than 100 runs.

Curran was soon in the action with the ball, striking in his second over when Compton played on as Curran surprised him with extra bounce.

Matt Milnes catches Sam Curran for 126 during a tough afternoon in the field for Kent. Picture: Keith Gillard
Matt Milnes catches Sam Curran for 126 during a tough afternoon in the field for Kent. Picture: Keith Gillard

Denly was bowled through the gate to give Dan Worrall reward for a testing new-ball spell and leave Kent 55-2.

But after the rain delay, Bell-Drummond and Leaning dug in.

Curran, whose first five-over spell went for 17, bowled four more overs in the evening session but, on a good pitch, Surrey’s bowlers will have to work hard over the remaining two days to chalk up their fifth win of the season.

Kent fast bowler Toby Pettman said: “It was a tough first four and a bit sessions in the field for us but it was important to get through to the close only two down, Dan and Jack played great.

“The first 30 overs are so important because you have to see off that new ball. If we can get a good start tomorrow, there’s no reason why we can’t bat as well as Surrey did. It’s a pretty good pitch.”

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