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Kent captain Jack Leaning has urged his batsmen to deliver on day three against Surrey.

The hosts ended their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Division 1 leaders Surrey still trailing by a massive 626 runs.

Captain Jack Leaning's appeal is not rewarded. Picture: Keith Gillard
Captain Jack Leaning's appeal is not rewarded. Picture: Keith Gillard

Surrey declared their first innings on 671-9, with Kent reaching 45-1 for the loss of England opener Zak Crawley for 17 at Beckenham.

After nearly two days in the field, Leaning said: "There are some pretty tired bodies up there to be honest but we’ve understood it’s a pretty good pitch.

"We know that we were under par with the ball and as a batting unit now it’s our turn to stand up and do what they’ve done to us and post a massive score.

“I just think we were lacking a bit of consistency throughout the innings.

"In patches we were very good, certainly what we showed after lunch on day one is what we’re capable of as a bowling unit, but I don’t think we quite did that for long enough.

Kent's Matt Quinn celebrates wicket of Ben Foakes. Picture: Keith Gillard
Kent's Matt Quinn celebrates wicket of Ben Foakes. Picture: Keith Gillard

"The pitch is a good one and the balls get soft as they get older but, credit to them, they batted well and didn’t really give us a sniff to be honest.

“As soon as you take the mindset of just batting time I think you lose your intent and it allows a team to bowl at you.

"We’ve got a big two days ahead of us and hopefully we can come out of it with at least a draw.”

Surrey broke the world record for the highest score without a batsman making a hundred, and equalled the first-class record of seven for the number of players making half-centuries without passing three figures.

After Ollie Pope and Ryan Patel had made 96 and 76 respectively on day one, Jamie Overton smacked 93 from 92 balls, Ben Foakes made 91, Sam Curran hit 78, Colin de Grandhomme scored 66 and Jordan Clark 54 not out.

Jamie Overton is bowled by George Linde. Picture: Keith Gillard
Jamie Overton is bowled by George Linde. Picture: Keith Gillard

Kent hosts maintained their record of conceding at least 500 in every first innings so far this season, with Nathan Gilchrist’s 3-121 the most successful bowler.

Kent went into day two clinging to the hope that early wickets might keep them in the contest and they struck early when Foakes edged Matt Quinn behind.

Surrey responded with a century partnership between night-watchman Overton and Curran. Overton produced an array of shots and raced past 50 with successive fours off George Linde.

When he holed out to Darren Stevens he was dropped near the boundary by Jordan Cox, who seemed to misjudge the flight.

Darren Stevens is hit for four. Picture: Keith Gillard
Darren Stevens is hit for four. Picture: Keith Gillard

Overton subsequently hit Stevens for a six that cleared the stand and smacked Stevens’ next delivery for a maximum over the sightscreen, but he was out in the next over, bowled by Linde, seven runs short of his second first class century.

The dismissal meant Surrey became the first team ever to lose three consecutive batsman in the nineties in first-class cricket, following Pope’s departure late on day one.

Surrey were 470-6 at lunch and although Curran was stumped on 78 off Linde, de Grandhomme became the sixth Surrey batter to score a half-century as they pressed the accelerator in the afternoon session.

Surrey's Sam Curran is stumped by Ollie Robinson. Picture: Keith Gillard
Surrey's Sam Curran is stumped by Ollie Robinson. Picture: Keith Gillard

Will Jacks was out for 20 when he swiped Gilchrist to square leg, where Cox took a low catch, before de Grandhomme was eventually run out by Quinn.

The last wicket duo of Clark and Worrall took Surrey past the previous world record for a score without an individual hundred, the 609 posted by Namibia against Uganda in 2010-11.

Tea was delayed until 4.34pm, at which point Surrey declared.

Kent were left with 19 overs to navigate until stumps and were probably relieved they only lost Crawley, who was caught behind at the start of the 11th over. Ben Compton and Daniel Bell-Drummond will resume on Saturday morning.

Matt Milnes failed to take a wicket in 25 overs for Kent. Picture: Keith Gillard
Matt Milnes failed to take a wicket in 25 overs for Kent. Picture: Keith Gillard
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