Surrey won the toss, and chose to bat. Even though Jason Roy & Tom Curran were injured, they could afford to leave out Morne Morkel, Mark Stoneman, van Bergh & the promising Will Jacks. Kent went with probbaly their 'A' team, with Adam Milne and Carlos Brathwaite in as our overseas players.
To say Surrey started quickly would be an understatement - a short boundary, a rock hard outfield (which caused a few strange bounces and some fielding blips). Finch, mixing power with excellent placement, reached his 50 in 19 balls, Burns his (his first) in 27. There were some s***, a few edges that didn't go to hand, but no chances. The 6 over powerplay score was 87-0; the first wicket fell at the end of the 8th over when the score was 119. Qayyuum, the sixth bowler used, bowled Finch for 83 (off 38 balls) and eventually produced his best T20 figures...3-40 off 3 overs. Only Milne looked dangerous (and even he went for 35 off 4). Brathwaite probably regretted extending his stay at Kent (3 overs for 55!) It wasn't a good day in the field for Kent.
But towards the end of the Surrey innings the umbrellas were going up, and the covers came on as the 20th over was finished...and we waited, and waited. By 9pm, as more covers were brought on, the trickle of people leaving became a stream. I left at 9.25, and was surprised (but not too much) to find the roads just 2 or 3 miles away from the ground, were dry. So the Kent's supporters rain dance had clearly worked, and we escaped with a point despite having conceded the highest score Surrey have ever made, and the 3rd highest in domestic T20 history.
So, good luck for Kent, rotten luck for Surrey ( ), and especially bad luck for the excellent crowd. I was nice and dry upstairs in the pavilion, but I did see the majority getting wet, and long queues were reported for food & drink (though the ice cream hut seemed to have no-one waiting at all ). I imagine some visitors found the experience disappointing, and I can sympathise.
But I think two points need to be made:
1. With the ECB trying to undermine the T20 and the county structure, why would counties like Kent spend much money to cater for larger crowds they are unlikely to get often, if at all, in future?
2. If you want crowds, and queues, then go to Lords as I did for England vs India last Saturday: the crowds at the various 'pinch-points' round the ground are almost frightening, the queues in the 'Food Court' staggering and the prices...well, it was a lot cheaper at Canterbury! (I still love Lords... but it's far from perfect!)