Surrey turning their season around.
Surrey have finally found the form they have been striving for all season and have seen a fantastic change in luck. With Surrey not making the finals of the T20 blast last month, it seems to have given the team the necessary push to make headway in the other tournaments. Surrey have reached the final for the Royal London One Day Cup, matching their position from last season. In addition, Surrey are now third in the County Championship after two wins in a row. Surrey must look to hold on to this form if they are to win a cup and stave off relegation from the championship. Two things that are looking increasingly likely. With Surrey resigning Jade Dernbach for another two years on top of the previous months’ signings, it seems like many players see Surrey as the team for the future.
Surrey in the One Day Cup
The Royal London One Day Cup has been Surrey’s triumphant competition this season as a run of consistency has seen Surrey find their way to the final at Lord’s. With some excellent performances and some help from the Duckworth-Lewis (D-L) Method, Surrey won their last five games in a row (not counting the rained off match against Glamorgan), giving them the necessary confidence to take them all the way to the trophy.
Team spirit has enabled Surrey to find their form
A shortened match against Middlesex saw each team playing closer to sixteen overs, and Surrey taking the win by the D-L method. However with Roy being bowled out for a golden duck and Davies making just one run, some would say it was a lucky escape. Two weeks later Surrey faced Northamptonshire, producing a nail-bitingly close result. Surrey bowled first and were set a target of 276 runs. Dernbach performed brilliantly, taking four wickets and giving away just 39 runs over ten overs. Surrey went into the batting with an achievable but by no means easy objective, however with Davies bowled out for a duck, it was not the best start. Thankfully Sangakkara put all fears to rest by scoring a fantastic 130 runs not out. However, his team mates did not put in quite the same level of performance, with the next two highest scores being 42 and 26. With a Burns scoring just one run, fans would have been forgiven for losing some of their faith. But with great effort, mainly in thanks to Sangakkara, Surrey took the win on the final ball. A collective sigh of relief followed by celebrations were seen in the stands as Surrey made it to the semi-finals.
Surrey went into the semi’s up against Yorkshire so would understandably have been a little nervous. After a distinctly average batting effort scored Surrey 255 runs, fans were once again unsure what way the game would go. However, after some fantastic bowling, Yorkshire were all out for 236. Four out of five of Surrey’s bowlers maintained economies of less than 5, allowing just one opposition batsman to make more than half a century. This was following great work from Davies and Foakes who scored 104 and 90 runs respectively. Surrey play Warwickshire at Lord’s on 17th September.
Surrey in the County Championship
The Curran brothers continue to shine.
Surrey have finally found their feet in Division One of the County Championship winning their last two games with great displays. Surrey are currently in third place with 166 points. It is unlikely that Surrey will maintain this position as they have played one more game than most and two more than others. Their position is still very promising as it should see them safe from relegation or maybe better if they can find some consistency.
First up Surrey played Middlesex away. A different batting line up didn’t seem to work out at first with Sibley and Ansari making just 3 and 1 runs respectively. However Burns and Roy made up for this, with Roy scoring a ton. The Curran brothers maintained their fine form with Tom taking three wickets and Sam taking 5 over the two innings. Unfortunately Surrey were only able to take a draw away from this match.
Surrey then took on Warwickshire away. Making just 252 runs in the first innings, there was nothing special to come from Surrey. However, Surrey managed to bowl the opposition all out for just 247 so the match was all to play for. Sam Curran made his career best in this innings, taking five wickets and giving just 44 runs over his 19 overs. Surrey returned with a new vigour, scoring 390 before being bowled out, but it was the bowlers that shone for Surrey as they sent Warwickshire home with just 169 runs in their second innings. Surrey had finally made an impact in the Championship.
Surrey hosted Lancashire with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence and capitalised on their recent success by dominating the game. Bowling Lancashire out for 287 in the first innings, Surrey didn’t have too much work to do to keep up, but with five players scoring more than half a century they went above and beyond, scoring 480 runs before being bowled out. Footitt led the second innings taking seven wickets to make his career best (starting to be a recurring theme for the team), helping to restrict the opposition to 230 runs. This left Surrey with just 38 runs to score in order to win. Of course this was no trouble at all to Burns and Sibley who took Surrey very comfortably to the victory in just over 9 overs.
Surrey play Hampshire at home on 6th September.
The Sun is shining on the Oval.
The Surrey Stars women’s team have unfortunately missed out on winning the first Super League. Having still managed to win two out of five games, the Stars did themselves proud and will undoubtedly learnt many lessons for next season’s competition. Many will be disappointed especially considering the Star’s signings this season and having Natalie Sciver’s experience. However these clearly were not enough. The Stars will have to head back to the nets and train hard to make a better stand next season.
By Max Thorp.