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    Dan Worrall blows Kent away after Dom Sibley
Dan Worrall blows Kent away after Dom Sibley
Dan Worrall was in the wickets for Surrey. Source: Getty Images

Dan Worrall blows Kent away after Dom Sibley

Surrey cruised to an emphatic victory over Kent in the Vitality County Championship at Canterbury after restricting the hosts to 120 for five in their second innings, 179 behind.

Worrall took three for 18 as the champions ripped through Kent's top order after declaring on 543 for seven.

Matt Parkinson took five wickets for Kent, but they came at the cost of 177 runs as Surrey bowled out the home side in a punishing afternoon session to take a first-innings lead of 299, with Dom Sibley making 150, Dan Lawrence 112 and Jamie Smith a quickfire 58.

Ben Compton and Joey Evison were not out on eight and seven respectively at stumps, but with clear skies forecast for tomorrow, Kent will need nothing short of a miracle to escape with a draw on day four.

For the third successive day, this match was played in a bone-chilling northerly wind and it went as almost everyone in the ground knew it would, with the champions making unchallenged progress through the first hour.

The milestones ticked by. Sibley flicked Jas Singh through square leg for four to reach three figures and Lawrence tickled the same bowler for a single to bring up his 50.

Sibley then flicked Evison for four to put Surrey in front and Lawrence drove Jack Leaning through the covers to bring up his century.

Kent opted not to take the new ball after 80 overs and Matt Parkinson justified their decision when he bowled Lawrence with the very next delivery.

The afternoon session was much livelier. Sibley had just reached his 150 when he was caught and bowled by Parkinson after the umpires ruled that the ball had carried.

Ben Foakes then made a quick 24 off 20 balls before he was caught behind slashing off George Garrett.

Smith was on 37 when he hooked Jas Singh to square leg, but sub-fielder Fred Klaassen couldn't take the catch.

Smith responded with a six off Parkinson that flew into the upper balcony of the Cowdrey Stand and he reached 50 when he swept the next delivery for a single, but he fell in Parkinson's next over, the 99th, caught at long on by Arafat Bhuiyan.

Parkinson got his fourth wicket when Ryan Patel drove him to Garrett at midwicket for 30 and, despite the grim state of the match, he let out a scream of delight when Jordan Clark hit him to Joe Denly at midwicket to complete his first five-wicket haul for Kent.

Surrey finally declared at tea and, with Compton off with a sore neck, Harry Finch opened the batting alongside Zak Crawley.

The England opener contributed just four before he edged Worrall behind to become Foakes' 300th first-class victim for Surrey.

Worrall then sent Daniel Bell-Drummond's midwicket-stump flying for 10 and Finch made a brief but enjoyable 24 before being lbw to Jordan Clark.

Joe Denly made 38 but then edged Cameron Steel to Smith at mid-wicket before Worrall had Jack Leaning caught at slip by Sibley for 24.

There were ironic cheers when Compton was dismissed off 30 balls, but if anyone can thwart Surrey on the final day, it's a man who values his wicket so dearly.

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