Team spirit holds on despite current form…
Surrey have continued their season by changing form from one week to the next. While their overall performances have improved, the team has not been able to convert this into better positions in the tables. It’s impossible to guess how each match will turn out as Surrey are winning more games and losing by smaller margins over the last month. Surrey had a poor start to July losing in the T20 and the County Championship but since then they have done exceptionally well and Foakes and Batty even broke a record for highest 8th wicket partnership. No one knows how the team will perform from game to game, which although exciting is leaving fans with very little of their nails to gnaw on. However to keep the morale high, Surrey signed Stoneman from Durham for the 2017 season, stealing him away from the team currently in second in the County Championship.
Surrey have finished the T20 series in a disappointing fifth place. Despite a late change in form for Surrey it was not enough for them to proceed to the semi-finals which take place in Birmingham on the 20th August. With one game to go Surrey still had a slim chance of making it through if they won their match and Essex lost. Unfortunately for Surrey, despite a fantastic performance against Kent giving them their needed win, rain called off Essex’s final match, giving them the necessary point to reach the semis and leave Surrey behind.
Surrey made a positive start to July winning their first T20 game against Somerset and Finch scoring a half century but Surrey could not hold on to this form as they lost their next two games to Kent and Middlesex. A redeeming factor for Surrey is that they held both Kent and Middlesex until the last over of their innings. Roy especially stood out in these matches scoring half centuries in both. However a loss is still a loss and this left Surrey with an uphill struggle to reach the semis.
After suffering defeat, Surrey resurged with a desire to qualify for the finals day, clinging on to the hope that all results would go their way. A win against Sussex and a fantastic performance against Kent just sadly wasn’t enough though. Special mention must go to Roy and Finch who scored 120 and 79 respectively against Kent, seemingly spurred on by the need for a win but sadly as mentioned before, rain gave Essex the point needed to prevent Surrey’s progression.
Surrey in the One Day Cup
The One Day Cup is looking like Surrey’s redeeming competition this month as Surrey beat Essex by 66 runs. Strong performances came from Dernbach who took 4 wickets and from Davies who scored 82 runs. Surrey then continued their run by absolutely thrashing Gloucestershire by 165 runs. Dernbach maintained form as he took 3 wickets but Batty shone, taking 5 of the opponent’s wickets. Three Surrey players scored half centuries taking the team to a hefty score of 323. The young Curran brothers although they did not shine, had a terrifically consistent game. Sam Curran was especially impressive as he scored 57 runs, the second highest of the game, and maintained a bowling economy of just 3.33, the best of both teams.
Surrey were in an excellent position to take third place tonight as they were set to play Glamorgan and a win would have launched them upwards, helped by the team’s excellent run rate. But of course rain has once again halted play and so Surrey must wait until they play Middlesex tomorrow on the 2nd August if they are to make it into the finals, but with the team’s excellent form in the One Day Cup, fans are finally able to be optimistic, even if slightly cautiously.
Surrey in the County Championship
Surrey have finally clawed their way up from the bottom of the County Championship table after a win against Hampshire and an important draw against Yorkshire. Surrey started the month with a loss to Warwickshire, making fans all over the county groan and begin to prepare for more of the same. However, nine days later Surrey faced Yorkshire and a match that most would have written off as a win to Yorkshire. Luckily for Surrey the rain was on their side and the match went to a draw, giving the team some unexpected, but very welcome points.
However Surrey really shone through against Hampshire as they won the game after declaring on 637 runs and bowling out the opposition twice without using their second innings. Centuries for Foakes, Burns and Batty as well as 99 for Sibley contributed to the fantastic total. Batty had by far the best game of all though as he scored 110 runs to break a record with Foakes as the highest 8th wicket partnership for Surrey, but he also took 8 wickets in the match, with six of those in Hampshire’s second innings. It is always encouraging when the captain is able to prove unequivocally why he was chosen for his position. As promising as this is, Surrey have a long way to go to make this season exciting but they are certainly fighting hard to not be relegated.
Surrey play Middlesex away on the 4th August.
The Surrey Stars kicked off the Women’s Super League against the Southern Vipers on the 31st July. Unfortunately Surrey were outclassed as they scored just 85 runs in 20 overs and the Vipers were able to win in just 15.2 overs. Hopefully the Stars can learn from this and learn what areas they need to improve on in order to progress. The Surrey Stars play the Yorkshire Diamonds on the 4th August.
By Max Thorp.