Surrey: another mixed month

June has been yet another mixed bag for Surrey results. This month saw Surrey’s first win in the County Championship but also saw the team lose three out of four games in the One Day Cup. The T20 results have been a good representation of Surrey’s form, winning as many games as they have lost. Surrey currently seem to have no idea how to handle this season, as all their consistency seems to have disappeared. Surrey’s struggles in the County Championship may be affecting the team’s mentality in all aspects of their game and they would do well to sort this out before it becomes any more embarrassing than it already is after such a successful year last season. Surrey’s multitude of signings clearly haven’t been able to help perform in Division One and Surrey already have their eye on two Durham players, Borthwick and Stoneman, whose contracts expire at the end of this season, but will signing more players really help Surrey return to last year’s winning ways?

Surrey in the T20 Blast

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A confident looking side, but is it misplaced?     

Surrey are currently fifth in the T20 Blast league having won four games and lost just as many. Since the last review Surrey have played six times performing excellently in some matches, but failing to maintain their form in all games. Surrey started the month well beating Sussex by 23 runs with an excellent score of 205 as Roy scored a century and Sangakkara scored 54. Surrey’s West Indies signing Dwayne Bravo also put in a promising performance scoring 30 runs off just 14 balls. Surrey continued on to demolish Hampshire by bowling the opposition all out for just 108 runs having scored 188 themselves.

Unfortunately Surrey could not maintain their streak as they were outplayed by Somerset despite achieving a good score of 186. Thankfully Surrey pulled through in order to beat derby rivals Middlesex by 29 runs the following week, a needed boost to both the team’s and supporters’ morale. Sadly Surrey lost their next two games to Glamorgan and Essex, with disappointing performances in both. Surrey took just one wicket from Glamorgan and two from Essex, allowing the opposition’s batsmen to settle in and both teams beat Surrey in under 17 overs.

Surrey play away to Gloucestershire on 6th July.

Surrey in the One Day Cup

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Celebrating the small things to forget the results .           

Surrey made the finals of the Royal London One Day Cup last season but it seems like that success will not be repeated this year. Surrey have lost three of their games so far and won just one. However two of the games lost were so very close that Surrey will be kicking themselves for not taking the wins. However, these promising performances should help keep the team’s spirits up for the upcoming games.

The first match which saw Surrey away to Kent was closely contested and was won by Kent with just one ball left after Blake scored a six to take his team to victory. Heavy rain reduced the match against Somerset to just 24 overs which Somerset used to win comfortably. Surrey performed better against Sussex, scoring 235 off 33 overs while their opponents scored 239 from 43. Unfortunately bad weather meant that Surrey had to rely on the D-L method in order to win this game, somewhat taking away from their excellent work. Against Hampshire, Surrey were chasing 289 but managed just 283, frustratingly close to the win.

Surrey play Essex away on 24th July.

Surrey in the County Championship

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Surrey’s spirit remains strong even if their results do not.      

Somerset vs. Surrey – 28th May. Somerset Win.

An excellent start to this game saw Surrey fans hopeful of their first win of the Championship but as usual they were left disappointed as Surrey were unable to hold out for a win. Surrey scored a solid but not exciting 264 runs and having bowled Somerset out for just 102 after the first innings, the result looked like it was going to Surrey. Unfortunately Surrey were bowled out for a dismal score of 138 and Somerset held on to win with just one wicket to spare. There were no outstanding performances in Surrey’s batting but Batty had a fantastic first innings of bowling taking seven wickets in just nine overs. Surrey will be disappointed as they came so close to the victory but luckily this gave them the necessary encouragement to go on to win against Nottinghamshire.

Surrey vs. Nottinghamshire – 19th June. Surrey Win.

The first win of the Championship has been a long time coming for Surrey and they did it in style. Surrey won this game by 228 runs thanks to consistent performances from Harinath and Davies who scored 73 and 82 respectively in the first innings for a total of 323. Surrey’s bowling was on point as they held Nottinghamshire to 182 runs in the first innings and bowled them all out for 157 in the second innings having declared at 244-5 the previous day. Ansari was stunning in the second innings taking six wickets for just 36 runs. Hopefully Surrey will be able to use the positivity from this game and carry it over for the rest of the season to avoid relegation, something they are still seriously at risk of.

Surrey play at home to Warwickshire on 2nd July.

Surrey Women

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The Surrey women’s squad for the Royal London Cup .   

Since the last review, Surrey’s women lost their two Royal London Cup games to Kent and Warwickshire respectively with their third game being cancelled. The team is performing poorly in Division 1 as they have lost four out of their five games putting them in seventh and at risk of relegation. In addition, both the women’s T20 games have been cancelled or abandoned giving them a total of two points, putting them in third place. In more positive news, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Alex Hartley and Laura Marsh were selected to play for England against Pakistan in the current T20 series.

By Max Thorp.


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