One-Day Cup: Surrey thumped by Kent for sixth loss

Matt Milnes
Matt Milnes celebrates taking the wicket of Surrey batsman Mark Stoneman for a single
Royal London One-Day Cup, Kia Oval
Surrey 127 (35.2 overs): Elgar 62*; Milnes 3-37
Kent 131-2 (28 overs): Bell-Drummond 41, Kuhn 36*
Kent (2 pts) win by eight wickets

Surrey's woeful One-Day Cup form continued at The Oval with a sixth defeat in seven games by Kent.

After opting to bat, Surrey were rolled for 127 inside 36 overs, Matt Milnes taking 3-37, while Daniel Bell-Drummond (2-22) and Matt Renshaw (2-17) claimed their first wickets in List A cricket.

Dean Elgar was the only batsman to stay at the crease for a significant time, top-scoring with 62 not out.

Kent reached the target on 131-2 in just 28 overs to collect a first win.

Neither side is able to qualify for the knockout stages, although Kent did climb above Surrey, who have dropped to the bottom of the South Group.

Surrey, beaten One-Day Cup finalists in 2015, 2016 and 2017, were missing several first-team regulars once again because of injuries and international call-ups.

But they still had plenty of experience in the side, including England Test openers Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns, who both failed with the bat.

Several batsmen also gifted their wickets to Kent, the worst being Ryan Patel who skied part-time spinner Renshaw's first ball - a dreadful full toss - to Ollie Robinson.

South Africa's Elgar, who came on at number five, could only watch on with wickets tumbling around him. He remained unbeaten when fellow countryman Morne Morkel was last to go, with more than 14 overs left unused.

Kent's innings was broken up by the scheduled interval, but they had few problems in chasing such a small total thanks to Bell-Drummond (41), Renshaw (32 not out) and captain Heino Kuhn (36 not out).

Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto:

"We had Dean Elgar out there prepared to bat through the majority of our innings, but seven other guys made some sort of a start and had the opportunity to go with him, and no one did. That's tremendously disappointing.

"We played on that same deck a couple of days ago and it was a pretty good wicket. We thought it might do a little bit early on, but it certainly wasn't a 120-odd all out type of surface. Unfortunately we weren't good enough. Kent bowled some decent lengths but some of our wickets were pretty comical.

"We've been poor in this tournament. There's no hiding that, and it simply got worse when I didn't think it could. It's heads down and hard work from here, for sure."

Kent fast bowler Matt Milnes:

"It was quite bowler-friendly at the start of the day. We were maybe a bit surprised that Surrey decided to bat first, but they've got a quality top order and they wanted to back them.

"But obviously you've still got to put the ball in the right place and Harry Podmore did that nicely. We bowled very well at them and kept the early pressure up throughout.

"Out of my three wickets, the Jamie Smith dismissal was the best. It felt quite a good delivery to bowl him. The wind helped a bit, but it nipped back off the pitch and bowled him through the gate."

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