|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval, London (day one):|
|Surrey 244-6: Elgar 63, Foakes 57*, Curran 43, Burns 30; Stewart 3-84|
|Kent: Yet to bat|
|Kent 2 pts, Surrey 1 pt|
Dean Elgar and Ben Foakes hit patient half-centuries but regular Kent wickets kept champions Surrey in check.
The hosts recovered after losing Mark Stoneman for a golden duck as Rory Burns and Elgar put on 72 in 27 overs.
Elgar’s 63 and Foakes’ unbeaten 57 were supported by England all-rounder Sam Curran’s counter-attacking 43, before the visitors hit back.
Grant Stewart took 3-84 to restrict Surrey to 244-6 when the light closed in and forced an early close.
After a delayed start, Kent opted to field and Harry Podmore impressed immediately, inducing an edge from Burns off the first ball of the match and then trapping Stoneman in front with the second.
It took Surrey more than 50 minutes to score a boundary and they laboured to 35-1 at lunch.
Burns (30) then feathered an edge through to wicket-keeper Ollie Robinson, off Stewart, before Podmore produced a beauty to beat Scott Borthwick’s defence.
Elgar’s innings, his third half-century in as many Championship matches, was ended when he was adjudged lbw off Stewart.
Curran’s 43 off 58 balls included two sixes but his positive approach proved his downfall, as he top-edged a lifter from Matt Milnes.
Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran told BBC Radio London:
“Dean Elgar and Rory Burns showed their class, which is why they’re international players. And they kept feeding messages back to the dressing room, which was important.
“There was something in the wicket for the bowlers. It got better as the day went on. But hopefully we can put some pressure on with the ball when we bowl.
“Ben Foakes looks in good nick and Rikki Clarke has been in good form, so hopefully they can get to that new ball and get a score on the board so we can put pressure on.”
Kent spinner Ollie Rayner:
“We’d have liked a few more wickets. After Stoneman’s leave, which came back about half a foot, we thought we might get through a few more of them. We dropped a couple of chances, but they batted well.
“The boys stuck at it really well. There was only one stage, with Foakesy and Sam Currran, where they got away from us. And we’re only a couple of overs off the new ball.
“It will be a big hour in the morning. But, if we get them out for anything less than 300 it will be pretty decent from this position.”