So that’s that and it’s Surrey that have secured comprehensive win by 41 runs over Kent.
Batting first Surrey got off to a poor start as they lost four wickets for 64 in under 10 overs. Man in form Will Jacks contributed with 17 (11) before getting dismissed to George Linde. Meanwhile, Laurie Evans scored 11 (8) as Kane Richardson got the better of him.
Sam and Tom Curran could just manage to score 15 (16) and 16 (14) respectively and it seemed at one stage that Kent could only manage to get to a score close to 150. However, that’s where things took a dramatic turn as Sean Abbott came into the party.
Abbott’s power hitting shifted the momentum well in favour of Surrey as they went past a first innings total beyond their wildest expectations. Sean Abbott struck a scintillating 100 from just 34 deliveries while etching his name in the history books in the process.
In totality the 31-year old struck a monstrous 110 (41)* while remaining unbeaten as his innings consisted of four fours and a staggering 11 sixes. Abbott was provided support from the other end as Jordan Clark stood his ground and got to a valuable 29 (17)*.
With Abbott doing most of the heavy lifting, the duo contributed to an unbeaten 129* run partnership.
As for the run-chase, the Kent openers started off in a trailblazing manner. The opening duo of Tawanda Muyeye and Daniel Bell-Drummond scored 108 run stand for the first wicket from 10 overs. Both sets of batters scored a half-century each and it seemed like the game could very well go right down the wire.
That’s when Sunil Narine brought his invaluable experience into the arena and got the big wicket off Daniel Bell-Drummond for 52 (27). Joe Denly did try to take the momentum forward as he got to 22 (15), but wasn’t able to make the most of it as he got dismissed to Sam Curran.
Denly’s wicket led to a collapse as Muyeye’s wicket 59 (37) was quick to fall soon after. The rest of the batters fell like a pack of cards as the likes of Will Jacks, Tom Lawes, Sunil Narine and Sam Curran kept chipping in with the wickets.
Kent were eventually restricted to 182-7 from 20 overs.
Will Jacks was the standout with the ball in hand for Surrey as he bagged two wickets for just seven runs in one over. Sunil Narine kept things tight courtesy his spell of 2-28 from four. Tom Lawes also contributed with a couple of wickets of his own.Although the bowlers did do well towards the fag end for Surrey, the day solely belonged to Sean Abbott, who's knock with the bat will be remembered for a long time to come.