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Wayne Parnell rests groin injury against Surrey ahead of Glamorgan clash

Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell

Kent hope that South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell will report fit to face Glamorgan in Cardiff on Wednesday.

The South African all-rounder (pictured) didn't bowl in the second innings in the draw against Surrey at The Oval on Monday, resting a groin injury, but coach Simon Willis says it was a precautionary measure.

The 19-year-old South African stayed in the dressing room as skipper Mark Butcher led the home side's resistance, shaking hands with Rob Key on the draw, with 12 points enough to take Kent top of the LV County Championship table above Gloucestershire, albeit for only 24 hours.

Coach Simon Willis, who missed Sunday's run-fest because of flu, said: "We played the safety card with Wayne due to how much cricket we have got coming up over the next week or so.

"He had stiff groin, probably the effects of not bowling much over the last month. He will have more treatment before we leave for Wales."

James Tredwell grabbed two quick wickets, including Mark Ramprakash, to boost Kent's victory hopes on Monday, but Butcher and Usman Afzaal saved the game, with Key giving himself four overs at the end.

Kent plundered the record books in the game, setting a clutch of new team and individual marks, their second innings 620-7 declared, was the third highest in the county's history - and the best against Surrey at Kennington for 74 years.

It included four individual first innings hundreds for the first time against a county for more than a century, Key made his first in the Championship for exactly a year, Kemp, with Joe Denly and Martin Van Jaarsveld, completing the quartet, the latter's third successive ton on the ground.

Kemp hit a county career best of 183, five short of his highest ever made for Eastern Province nine years ago. His previous Kent best was 124 - also against Surrey at Guildford in 2005.

Key and Denly's opening stand of 247 was also a record against Surrey, beating the previous best of 212 made by Mark Benson and Neil Taylor at Dartford's Hesketh Park in 1986.

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