SURREY V KENT at the Kia Oval (LVCC)
18-21 MAY
2023

The leaders play host to ninth. For Surrey, who returned to the top of Division One following a third victory in the space of four games, back-to-back four-day fixtures against the hop county gives the Oval outfit an opportunity to really stamp their authority on the Champo.

Kent face another nervous battle for survival despite opening the season with a win over Northants. Since then, they have lost to Warwickshire and Middlesex, and garnered draws (with help from the weather) against Essex and Hampshire.

Ben Compton has followed up averaging 54.22 for the hop county in last summerís County Championship with 53.87 this, which is just as well given Kentís lack of runs. Zak Crawley (38.88) is the only other batter amongst their ranks with a century to his name this season, but it was a "daddy" one - 170 v Essex at Canterbury.

Jack Leaning (36.00) and Joey Evision (27.50) have shown a modicum of consistency, but Daniel Bell Drummond (18.71), Sam Billings (11.50) and Jordan Cox (18.00) have looked woefully out of touch with the willow in hand.

Thankfully, there has been more for Kent to celebrate with the ball, even though no one has so far notched up more than nine wickets. Matt Quinn (23.33), Grant Stewart (24.83) and Aussie Wes Agar (27.77) have been the pick.

Dom Sibley could be a key man for the hosts. While he has looked solid at the top of the order since returning to the Oval from Warwickshire, he would dearly like to notch up his first century of the season Ė and what better time for Sibley to do it than against the side he took for a career best 244 in 2019.

Surrey v Kent - First-Class Records Sheet


Rory Burns (11,940) is closing in on 12,000 first-class career runs, while Will Jacks (1,941) and Dan Worrall (970) are approaching 2,000 and 1,000 f-c runs respectively. Ben Foakes (390 dismissals as keeper and fielder) also has 400 f-c victims in his sights. For Kent, Arafat Bhuiyan looks set to make his pro debut, while Ben Compton (2,915) is eyeing up a 3,000th first-class run.


With Kemar Roach returning home to Barbados due to a family matter, Tom Lawes, Conor McKerr (who has recently played for Kent on loan) and Cam Steel are lining up to replace the West Indian. That said, Ollie Pope, who was rested for the London derby at the request of the England hierarchy, is available once again with the bat.

OPPONENT DATE VENUE RESULT
Middlesex 11-14 May The Oval Won By 9 Wickets
Essex 4-7 May 2023 Chelmsford Match Drawn
Warwickshire 27-30 Apr 2023 Edgbaston Won By 9 Wickets
Hampshire 13-16 Apr 2023 The Oval Won By 9 Wickets
Lancashire 6-9 Apr 2023 Old Trafford Match Drawn


Last year, Kent enjoyed draws both at home and away against Surrey. But given the hosts' home form and the prospect of four days of rain-free weather, it's difficult to envisage anything other than a victory for the Oval outfit.


B.Compton, Z.Crawley, T.Muyeye, J.Leaning, S.Billings (capt), J.Cox (wk), J.Evison, G.Stewart, Hamidullah Qadri, W.Agar and Arafat Bhuiyan.


Rob Bailey and Nigel Llong.

DATE RESULT VENUE SURREY KENT
26-29 Jun 2022 Match Drawn The Oval 673-7d 331 & 361-4
12-15 May 2022 Match Drawn Beckenham 671-9d 230 & 114-1
22-25 Aug 2020 Lost By 17 Runs The Oval 278 & 174 342 & 127
7-10 Jul 2019 Lost By 5 Wickets The Oval 271 & 218 369 & 124-5
20-23 May 2019 Match Drawn Beckenham 439 & 280 294 & 352-8
13-16 Jul 2015 Won By 6 Wickets The Oval 311 & 128-4 336 & 99
24-27 May 2015 Won By 3 Wickets Beckenham 292 & 196-7 282 & 204
20-23 Jul 2014 Lost By 89 Runs Guildford 398 & 213 408 & 292
4-7 May 2014 Lost By 8 Wickets Canterbury 285 & 203 435 & 54-2
10-12 Aug 2011 Lost By 265 Runs Canterbury 127 & 104 266 & 230
10-13 Jul 2011 Won By 21 Runs The Oval 387 & 184 250 & 300
28-31 Aug 2009 Lost By 6 Wickets Canterbury 423 & 293 517 & 200-4
10-13 Jul 2009 Match Drawn The Oval 386 & 170-3 620-7d
4-7 Sep 2008 Match Drawn Canterbury 307-9d 160-1
29 Jun - 2 Jul 2008 Lost By 4 Wickets The Oval 397 & 130 270 & 260-6
8-9 Aug 2007 Won By 4 Wickets Canterbury 215 & 108-6 150 & 171
30 May - 2 Jun 2007 Lost By An Inns & 79 Runs Whitgift Sch 166 & 319 564-5d
20-23 Jul 2005 Lost By 4 Wickets Guildford 452-8d & 350 572 & 232-6
25-28 May 2005 Match Drawn T.Wells 324 & 333-4 262 & 467-4d
18-21 Aug 2004 Match Drawn Canterbury 402-8d 226 & 234-8

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