Surrey v Kent: Surrey trail Kent despite Roy half-century

Jason Roy
South Africa-born Jason Roy has averaged 52.85 for Surrey so far this summer
LV= County Championship Division Two, Guildford
Close, day two: Kent 408, Surrey 303-6
Kent 5 pts, Surrey 3 pts
Match scorecard

Kent retained a slight advantage against Surrey despite an impressive 84 from Jason Roy on day two at Guildford.

Resuming on 351-7, Kent added 57 runs for their remaining three wickets as Sam Billings (82 not out) and Mitchell Claydon increased their stand to 62.

Having slipped to just 105-5, Surrey's innings was then saved by Roy and Gary Wilson (80 not out), who added a vital 121 runs for the hosts' sixth wicket.

At the close, Surrey were 303-6, meaning Kent still led by 105 runs.

On top of two tons, Roy's half-century was his fourth of the season so far, and gives Division Two promotion hopefuls Surrey hope of getting something out of the game.

Meanwhile, Billings made his highest score of the campaign - his second half-century.

Surrey's Vikram Solanki:

"The first hour tomorrow will set up this match. The second new ball is due and there is still something in the pitch for the seamers.

"We need to get as close to Kent's 408 as we can, but there is a lot of cricket left in this game and it has been good cricket so far.

"Jason Roy and Gary Wilson have been outstanding for us this season, and they both did it again today with a crucial partnership. Then, after Jason got out, Gary and Gareth Batty put together another important stand for us."

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"A fascinating day as Surrey fought back in the afternoon. At one stage the hosts were in deep trouble thanks to some excellent bowling from Kent.

"But Jason Roy and Gary Wilson combined to put on 121 for the sixth wicket - both played extremely well.

"Kent will have a new ball in their hands first thing and still have runs on the board. Another fascinating day awaits again at Guildford."

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"This was a splendid day of cricket. Kent held sway for the first two sessions before Surrey fought back in the last.

"The wicket did enough to excite the bowlers, whilst honest graft brought reward for any batsman prepared to be patient.

"Despite the relatively high scores, not one batsman has yet reached a century - evidence of universal honest contributions."

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