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Surrey’s May Struggles

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 6:  Surrey players pose for a  team photo during the Surrey County Cricket Club media day at The Kia Oval on April 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Monthly Surrey Review 

May has been a terrible month for Surrey. With just one win to their name in both competitions, Surrey’s poor form is becoming harder to excuse. Captain Gareth Batty said “we’re not where we want to be or need to be, both individually and as a team”. As Surrey are bottom of the County Championship with just 45 points from six games, Batty is really understating the team’s lack of results. To top it all off, the team has suffered various injuries. Mahmood had to retire from the field with a calf injury during the T20 against Glamorgan, a real shame after his performance in the previous match. To add to this, all-rounder Ansari injured the same thumb that he had surgery on at the end of last season. Although returning swiftly to play in Thursday’s T20 match it shows he may still be susceptible to further injury. Sadly the list of injuries does not end there after Burns’ concussion against Lancashire causing him to leave the field early. Surrey will hope for a return as quick as Ansari’s.

T20 Blast Results

Surrey made a good start to the T20 season, beating Essex by 8 runs. Surrey batted first and there were some good performances with 25 for Roy, 32 for Sangakkara and Tom Curran and 42 for Mahmood. Opener Davies lasted a disappointing five balls and scored just one run before being caught out. The Currans had an impressive day taking five wickets between them and keeping relatively low economies. Mahmood had an outstanding game as he took four wickets on top of the runs he had scored earlier. If only Surrey had managed to maintain this form.

Surrey played Glamorgan at the Oval last Thursday but scored just 93 runs before they were bowled out. With the highest score going to Sam Curran with just 21 runs and three others being bowled out for a duck. The bowling was a similar show as Glamorgan took the victory in just 12.2 overs and lost only two wickets. This coupled with Surrey’s current form in the County Championship makes for some very concerned fans.

County Championship Results

Surrey vs. Durham – 1st May. Match Drawn.

Surrey’s first innings gave a promising score of 457, a score that any team would feel confident in pushing for a win with. Harinath had a big part to play in this as he scored 96 runs, disappointingly close to his century. Davies also put in an encouraging performance, scoring 87 runs. Despite this positive seeming score, Durham went on to declare at 607 runs as Surrey failed to take the necessary wickets. Surrey held on to a draw as they stayed in long enough to refuse Durham the win. Ansari made a promising return taking two wickets and scoring 41 runs. Overall not a terrible game, but Durham should not have been allowed to bowl for 153 overs.

Yorkshire vs. Surrey – 8th May. Yorkshire Win.

Surrey would have done well to take a draw against last year’s winners and this year’s favourites. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Scoring just 330 before being bowled out, only Davies had a good first innings scoring over a century. Yorkshire came in and scored 557 before confidently declaring, Rampaul took four wickets but the bowling again was not at the necessary standard for the first division. Yorkshire bowled Surrey out for just 207 runs showing their confidence was well placed. Batty put in a disappointing attempt at batting, going out for a golden duck and duck in each innings.

Surrey vs. Middlesex – 15th May. Match Drawn.

Unfortunately cut short by poor weather, this match was victim to the British Summer. Surrey were disappointed by the premature end to this game as their second innings was looking promising. Tom Curran had a good day taking four wickets and Burns and Harinath were in fine form at the start of the second innings. This derby was not the exciting competition fans were hoping for and both teams will be looking forward to their next match later on this season.

Lancashire vs. Surrey – 22nd May. Lancashire Win.

Another disappointing game for Surrey. Scoring just 191 runs in their first innings, thanks largely in part to Burns’ 92 runs, before being bowled out by an impressive performance from Jarvis who took six wickets. Lancashire scored a solid 394 as Surrey’s bowling could not make up for their poor batting. Burns suffered a minor concussion and so was replaced by Tom Curran to open Surrey’s second innings. Curran was the only one to put up a fight against Lancashire but as Surrey lost wicket after wicket Surrey’s defeat became inevitable, finishing the game in just three days.

Surrey play away to Somerset on the 28th May in the County Championship and away to Sussex on the 3rd June in the Natwest T20 Blast.

Surrey Women have followed suit of the men and lost both their games in the Royal London One Day Cup. Unfortunately this included a loss to capital rivals Middlesex, leaving Surrey behind in this year’s derby. These results coupled with the loss of England International Natalie Sciver to the Melbourne Stars has meant a disappointing start to the season. They play Warwickshire at Home on the 29th May. Hopefully Sciver will remain in good form for her return to Surrey for the Super League in July.

By Max Thorp.

(Image: KiaOval.com)

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