Key sets up Tredwell burst
James Tredwell took five wickets as Kent, inspired by a superb unbeaten century from captain Rob Key, swept aside Surrey in three days to win their LV= County Championship Division Two clash by 265 runs.
Facing a mammoth 370 for victory, Surrey capitulated in 28.2 overs inside two hours for a paltry 104 - their worst championship total in a decade - to lose with almost four sessions remaining.
Tredwell finished with 5-35 and Darren Stevens 4-49, giving him career-best match figures of 11-70.
Surrey's demise started as early as the third ball of their second innings when Stevens, Kent's first-innings hero - trimmed the off stump of left-hander Steve Davies with a sublime outswinger.
In poor light Mark Ramprakash shuffled hesitantly forward to a full ball from Matt Coles that plucked out his off stump, sparking a dramatic collapse that saw the visitors lose their last nine wickets for 78 runs.
Zander de Bruyn became one of five Surrey batsmen to record a duck in the innings – and eight in the match - when he edged behind off Stevens, who then had Rory Hamilton-Brown, Surrey’s top-scorer with 40, caught at third slip at the third attempt by Key. It gave Stevens his first 10-wicket match haul.
Jason Roy miscued to mid-off against the same bowler, leaving Tredwell to run through the tail on a crumbling surface as he collected a season’s best haul.
Earlier, Kent batted for the first 24 overs of the day in adding 63 to an already impressive 300-plus lead.
Key carried his bat for the first time in four years to score a stoic, unbeaten 110 from 202 balls - his 20th century for Kent at the St Lawrence ground.
Backed up by the tailenders and last man Simon Cook, in particular, Key’s century included only five fours and came off 192 balls.
The former England batsman went 33 overs without hitting a boundary yet his innings, coupled with the bowling of Stevens, ensured that Kent secured their fourth win of the campaign to bank 21 points to Surrey’s three.
The only bright moment of a dire game for Surrey came when seamer Tim Linley dismissed Adam Ball, his 50th championship wicket of the summer. Otherwise, these were three days Surrey will quickly want to forget.
Key was the only player of the game to pass 50 as Kent took big strides in staving off the championship wooden spoon while leaving Surrey's promotion hopes in tatters.