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                                                      14th  SEPTEMBER  2017

                                   SURREY   vs    YORKSHIRE

 

                                  SURREY 592     YORKSHIRE  394     F/O  59-1

 

Specsavers County Championship Day 3 Thursday 14th September 2017

              Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

 

In their important County Championship match, Surrey bowled Yorkshire out for 394 and asked the visitors to follow on. By the close Yorkshire had lost the early wicket of Tom Kohler-Cadmore as they closed the day, still trailing by 139 runs.

Yorkshire started the day 421 runs behind on 171 for 1 with Australian batsman Shaun Marsh 77 not out and Alex Lees 7. Yorkshire added ten further runs when Freddie van den Burgh had Marsh stumped for 78. The spin twins of Gareth Batty and van den Burgh bowled unchanged for the opening hour of the days play before Batty turned to Rikki Clarke. It was spin once again in the shape of van den Bergh that claimed another Yorkshire wicket to fall when Alex Lees(46) was spectacularly caught by Ryan Patel at square leg, diving to his right he pulled of a catch low down one handed to leave Yorkshire 234-3. On the same score Jack Leaning pushed the ball out to the offside for a risky single, non-striker Balance set of for a run but was sent back by Leaning, the throw came in from cover which was good enough to beat Ballance getting back to his ground. Youngster van den Bergh’s long stint which started before tea yesterday and ended shortly before lunch was rewarded with fine figures of 32-8-73-3. Sam Curran and Stuart Meaker shared the new ball but were unable to make further inroads before lunch, as the visitors reached 290-4 still a further 302 runs behind.

Yorkshire added 12 runs at the start of the afternoon session before Sam Curran had Leaning(32) very well take behind by Foakes who dived in front of first slip to cling on to the opportunity. Batty then struck twice in four deliveries to have Tim Bresnan(25) caught at first slip and Azeem Rafiq lbw first ball to leave Yorkshire 343-7, still 100 runs short of the follow on total. Shortly before tea Meaker bowled Scott Patterson, with off stump sent cartwheeling for 7 to leave the Tykes 362-8. At tea the visitors had added a further 13 runs, with Andrew Hodd still at the crease with 41 to his name, and Yorkshire still 68 runs shy of the follow on. Andrew Hodd’s resistance was eventually ended when he went for 57 leave Yorkshire 394 all out.

Gareth Batty decided to enforce the follow on with the visitors 198 behind. Having to survive 23 overs of the day’s play, Curran made the initial breakthrough when he trapped Kohler-Cadmore lbw for 12. Despite the loss, Yorkshire closed on 59-1, still 139 runs behind.

 

 

 

                              

                                          13th SEPTEMBER 2017

Specsavers County Championship Day 2 Tuesday 13th September 2017

                Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                      SURREY            YORKSHIRE

                            592                   171-1

 

The visitors mounted a spirited fightback after earlier Surrey had posted a mammoth total of 592, thanks to day two centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Ben Foakes

Surrey resumed on their overnight total of 398 for 3 with Kumar Sangakkara 85 not out along with his partner Ben Foakes on 64.  The pair had added 258 for the fourth wicket when Sangakkara became one of Jack Brook’s four victims in the morning session. The stylish left hander added a further 79 runs to his total before he was eventually out for a majestic 164 made of 187 balls including 21 boundaries and three massive sixes. Yorkshire’s Captain Gary Balance belatedly introduced the right armer into the attack as late as 12.15, but by lunch he had picked up all four wickets to fall in the session, to leave him with lunch figures of 5-105.

The Sri lankan Sangakkara was the first of the quartet to fall when he was tempted into a hook shot, which he top edged to be caught at deep fine leg. Next Ball Ollie Pope joined Sangakkara in the dressing room when he edged Brooks to Tom Kohler-Cadmore who took a fine low catch at second slip. In between the two wickets in two deliveries from Brooks, Foakes moved on to his century before Brooks struck again before lunch by bowling Sam Curran off stump for 5 and ending Foakes innings by having the wicket keeper caught behind for 110 shortly before lunch. Surrey, who at one stage were in the comfortable position of 513-3, had lost four wickets for 27 runs. At lunch Rikki Clarke and Freddie van den Bergh were at the crease, with the hosts lunching on 543-7.

Steven Patterson kept Yorkshire’s momentum by claiming wickets in successful deliveries when he had Freddie van den Bergh(5) and Stuart Meaker(0) lbw, with the score on 555. Rikki Clarke offered some late resistance with an entertaining knock of 41- including successive sixes of Tim Bresnan- in a partnership of 37 for the last wicket before he became another victim for Patterson who finished with 3-120 and Brooks the pick of the attack with 5- 113 as Surrey were bowled out for 592.

Yorkshire openers Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Australian Shaun Marsh were unduly troubled during the afternoon session, as the pair reached tea on 78-0 with Kohler-Cadmore on 39 and Marsh 35. Surrey used five bowlers to try and separate the pair, including 25 year-old- Van den Bergh who had a solitary over of  spin shortly before tea. The spin twins of Batty and den Bergh bowled for almost an hour without success. Batty then turned to pace in the form of Stuart Meaker from one end. During this time both openers reached their half-centuries, and both looked set for centuries until with 162 on the scoreboard van den Bergh finally made the breakthrough for Surrey when Kohler-Cadmore was caught at backward point for 78 to give the youngster his first championship wicket. That was the only succsess of the session as Yorkshire closed the day trailing by 421 on 171-1 with Marsh unbeaten with 77.

 

 

                                                

                                     29th  AUGUST  2017

                                     SURREY    vs     MIDDLESEX

                                       280                    247

                                                                    15-0          

                         Specsavers County Championship Day 2

                               Tuesday 29th August 2017

                                    Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

 

Surrey were indebted to a fifth wicket stand of 125 from 28 overs between Jason Roy and Ben Foakes as they gained a slender first-innings lead over Middlesex in the London derby at the Kia Oval.

Surrey resumed on their overnight total of 26 for 2, having lost both openers cheaply in nine overs last night. In an uneventful morning session Surrey lost just a single wicket with ten minutes remaining before lunch when Scott Borthwick(24) edged a delivery from Steve Finn and John Simpson took a fine catch diving to his left. Stuart Meaker had added 39 to his overnight score as the home side reached lunch on 95 for 3.

Night-watchman Meaker(42) added two more runs to his total at lunch when he wafted at a delivery from Finn and was caught behind. On a difficult pitch, Jason Roy and Ben Foakes added 125 for the fifth wicket, before Adam Voges bagged the wicket of Roy for 79. Roy was particularly severe on Ollie Rayner’s off spin by launching him into the pavilion for two successive sixes in an innings that was scored off 91 balls. At tea Ben Foakes was still at the crease with an unbeaten 69 as the hosts reached the break on 244 for 5, with the second session won by the home side.

Shortly after tea, and adding just four to his tea score, Foakes played all around a ball from Middlesex’s Captain James Franklin and was adjudged lbw for 73 to leave Surrey on 257 for 6, with a lead of 10. Middlesex took the new ball after the 80th over and immediately were rewarded when Tim Murtagh returned from the pavilion end and had Sam Curran(4) caught at second slip by Ollie Rayner. Roland-Jones and Murtagh between them whipped through the Surrey lower order as the home side were bowled out for 280, a lead of 33. Roland-Jones finished with 4 for 66 as Surrey lost their last six wickets for 49 runs.

Middlesex were left 15 overs of the day to negotiate. After six overs they had reached 15 for 0 when bad light intervened to end play for the day with the game evenly poised.

           

                                   23rd  AUGUST  2017  

   

                    SURREY  STARS  vs   WESTERN  STORM

 

                    Kia Super League Wednesday 23rd August 2017

                         SURREY  STARS        WESTERN   STORM

                           169-6(20)                         117(19.3)

                               Surrey Stars won by 52 runs

                                              Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

 

Surrey Stars made it four wins out of four and secured their place at Finals Day after recording a 52-run victory against the visiting Western Storm. In a very professional all-round effort from the girls, Stars recovered to post 169 for 6 after being put in to bat thanks to 72 from Lizelle Lee. It was down to the bowlers to do the job, as the visitors never recovered from being 47 for 5. Wickets were shared around with Nat Sciver and Alex Hartley picking up three apiece.

            

Western Storm won the toss and inserted Surrey Stars into bat. The Stars were soon in trouble of the very first delivery of the match when off spinner Claire Nicholas trapped England’s Tammy Beaumont lbw. After the fall of the first wicket, fellow South African Marizanne Kapp joined Lizelle Lee in the middle with the pair putting on 103 for the second wicket. Lee, punished England Captain Heather Knight, by taking 21 off her first five deliveries before the South African steered the ball straight to extra cover for a fine 72 made off 44 balls including six sixes and seven fours. A cameo innings of 30 from 18 balls from Captain Nat Sciver was ended when she was caught at long on off Nicholas to leave the Stars 145 for 3 with two overs remaining. The impressive Nicholas returned to claim the wicket of Knapp stumped for a run a ball 48 to finish with figures of 3-20 of her four overs as Stars finished up on 169-6 in their allocated 20 overs.

All-rounder Kapp struck two crucial blows for the Stars by removing Knight(11) and Fran Wilson first ball to leave herself on a hat-trick. Stefanie Taylor avoided the hat-trick ball by digging out a low yorker, but Storm had slipped to 26 for 2 after three overs. Skipper Sciver struck with her fifth delivery when Taylor(4) was caught at cover to leave the visitors 32 for 3 in the fourth over. The visitors were in more trouble when Sciver struck again as Rachel Priest(20) holed out to deep square leg to leave Storm struggling on 43 for 4 in the sixth over. Storm were soon in serious trouble after Alex Hartley claimed a wicket in her first over when Lee clung on to a rasping drive at cover by Sophie Luff(7) to leave the visitors in a perilous position with scoreboard reading 47 for 5. It was down to Georgia Hennessy and Alice Macleod to dig Storm out of a huge hole, which they did to their credit by putting on a spirited partnership of 59  for the sixth wicket before Laura Marsh had Hennessey(28) caught to leave the visitors 106 for 6 in the 16th over, still requiring a further 64 to win. Macleod’s brave effort was ended when she was bowled by Hartley for 30 to give her figures of three for 28. Marsh returned to have Davies(4) caught in the deep and it was down to Captain Sciver to claim the last wicket of Holly Huddlestone, to finish with 3 for 11, as Storm were bowled out for 117 to maintain Stars 100 per cent unbeaten record in the competition.

 

 

 

                                       

                                          17th  AUGUST  2017

                  

                               SURREY     vs     GLOUCESTERSHIRE

                              GLOUCESTERSHIRE          SURREY

                                      130-9 (20)                      134-8 (19.2)

                                             Surrey won by two wickets

                    NatWest T20 Blast  Thursday 17th August  2017

                                 Peter  Moore at the Kia Oval

Surrey have given themselves a chance of making the quarter-finals of the NatWest Blast t20 competition after beating Gloucestershire by two wickets in a nervy finish at the Kia Oval on Thursday.

Sam Curran’s career best T20 figures of 4 for 13 of his four overs ripped the heart out of Gloucestershire’s top order. A modest total of 130 looked well within the reach of Surrey, but the home side need the help of a fine knock of 45 from Moses Henriques along with two lusty blows from Captain Gareth Batty in the final over to seal victory.

 

In a must win game for both sides- with Surrey level on 13 points with Gloucestershire, but the visitors having played one more match- this simply was a game that both sides had to win to stand any chance of reaching the quarter-finals of this seasons competition in a group that is still so tight to call as to which four sides will eventually book their places in the quarter-finals.

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat. A decision they were soon regretting when they slumped to 20 for 3. In an eventful over, Sam Curran claimed three wickets in four balls. Michael Klinger(11) lobbed the ball to Gareth Batty at mid-off. Curran then removed fellow opener Phil Mustard(8) and Ian Baincroft without scoring. Benny Howell managed to see of the hat trick ball, but only just as he just about managed to dig out a Curran Yorker. But it wasn’t long before Curran struck again when Ian Cockbain(16) picked out Aaron Finch at mid on to give Curran 4 for 0 off just nine balls. At the midway point the visitors had reched 75 for 4 thanks to a partnership of 38 between Kieran Noema-Barnett and Benny Howell. Noema-Barnett(24) was then run out by Jason Roy to leave the visitors 76 for 5 in the 11th over. Howell(15) then perished after skiing a catch straight to short cover of Rikki Clarke. Gloucestershire were indebted to a partnership of 36 for the seventh wicket to give the total some respectability, before Graeme Van Buuren was run out for 13. Jack Taylor(28) perished in the deep  with two overs to go. The visitors struggled throughout their innings, eventually mustering just 130 for 9.

In pursuit of 131 to win Surrey lost Aaron Finch(7) in the second over to Craig Miles. Jason Roy(5) fell in the fourth over when he scooped the ball up to short midwicket to give Miles another scalp. Surrey had moved the score on to 43, when Rory Burns(7) picked out deep square leg off Tom Smith in the ninth over. Moises Henriques and Ollie Pope were getting the scoreboard ticking along nicely before Noema-Barnett took a stunning one handed catch at point to remove Pope(16) to leave Surrey 69 for 4 in the 11th over.A vital knock from Henriques(45) looked to be guiding Surrey to victory, but with 39 runs needed he was run out going for a second run. 13 runs from the returning David Payne reduced Surrey’s target to 20 off 18 deliveries. Rikki Clarke decided on a single, but was sent back by Sam Curran but was to slow to get back and was run out for 15 with still 20 needed. Miles then bowled Curran(12) to give him his third victim of the evening and Surrey still requiring 15 to win. With a tense finish in prospect the 19th over was bowled by Payne. Seven runs came off the first four balls before Meaker6) was bowled. The target was then eight from eight balls, with Noema-Barnett bowling the last over and just three runs needed for victory, the first delivery was hit down the ground by Gareth Batty for two with Batty sending the second delivery past the bowler to the fence to squeeze Surrey home with four balls remaining, and keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals.


 

 

 

                             

                                      13th AUGUST  2017

 

Australian Aaron Finch kept alive Surrey’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the NatWest T20 Blast competition with a superb century against Sussex at the Kia Oval on Sunday.

Finch, made an unbeaten 114- his third hundred in the format- to help set up victory by 17 runs against Sussex Sharks in front of over 13,000 people at the Kia Oval.

The Australian hit seven six’s, with his knock coming off just 64 balls, and well was supported by Jason Roy who made 50 as Surrey posted 193-2 in their 20 overs. Chris Nash kept Sussex’s hopes alive with his fifth half-century in this seasons Blast. Nash, hit 53 was all in vain as the visitors fell short. Surrey were indebted to Gareth Batty who claimed 4 for 24 off his four overs to get Surrey back to winning ways.

                             

                           21st  JULY  2017

           SURREY    vs     MIDDLESEX

           SURREY 156-7 (20)      MIDDLESEX   141-7(20)

                      Surrey won by 15 runs 

              NatWest T20 Blast  Friday 21st July 2017

                   Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

Surrey defeated their near London rivals Middlesex by 15 runs at another packed house at the Kia Oval. Surrey defended a total of 156-7, thanks to Sam Curran’s 3-28 and the ever-reliable Gareth Batty with 2-29. Middlesex were indebted to 38 from James Franklin and 32 from Eoin Morgan.

 

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first in the London derby at a packed Kia Oval in front of a crowd of 23,418. On a slow wicket Surrey got off to a flyer with Jason Roy and Aaron Finch putting on 68 for the opening wicket inside seven overs before Roy(29) holed out at deep square legg off Leg-Spinner Nathan Sowter’s sixth delivery. Shortly afterwards Kevin Pietersen sent back Finch(40) who was beaten by the throw into Toby Roland-Jones who whipped the bails off. Pietersen appeared to be in discomfort after playing the initial shot, and after a short while asked for a runner. Middlesex, looked unhappy with the decision, but after a break of around ten minutes Captain Brendon McCullum called for a group huddle to explain his thoughts to the side and the game carried on with Roy coming out to the middle to act as a runner. Pieterson(4), still in discomfort, didn’t last much longer at the crease, when he lofted the ball straight to mid-wicket. Young Sowter, picked up the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara(18) after the Sri Lankan picked out Eoin Morgan on the long on fence. Tight economical bowling from Middlesex had restricted Surrey to 103-4 after 14 overs. A useful partnership of 47 for the fifth wicket was broken by Dawid Malan when Ollie Pope went for 31 off 24 balls in the 18th over to leave Surrey 142-5. Southee returned back into the attack and claimed the wicket of Sam Curran(1). With the last ball of the Surrey innings, Dom Sibley(23) nicked the ball behind off Roland-Jones to leave Surrey finishing on 156-7.

Fresh from his 88 at Richmond 24 hours earlier, McCullum came out to bat and immediately looked to get after Jade Dernbach. The New Zealander struggled against Dernbach and was eventually caught of the sixth ball of the innings without scoring. Malan(12) then put the ball straight down deep mid-wickets throat to leave the visitors 26-2 in the fifth over. Two overs later Paul Stirling(6) with a runner, picked out Aaron Finch off Stuart Meaker to leave Middlesex 39-3,struggling in their pursuit of 157. Eoin Morgan hit a run a ball 32 before he was caught at deep mid-wicket off Gareth Batty to leave Middlesex 67-4 in the 12th over. Batty also claimed the wicket of Ryan Higgins to finish with 2-29 in his four overs, and Surrey looking favourites to win. However, a wonderful cameo innings from John Simpson of 27 off 16 balls threatened to claw Middlesex back into the game. Simpson’s knock was ended when he swung across the line and was bowled by Sam Curran.  Middlesex were dealt another blow when James Franklin hit a full toss from Sam Curran to Stuart Meaker on the boundary. 27 runs were required from 12 balls, with the penultimate over bowled by Jade Dernbach. An excellent over produced just five runs coming from it to leave the visitors requiring 22 from the final over. Despite Pope dropping Tim Southee, Surrey held their nerve to record their sixth win against todays visitors in their last seven games against them in this competition. The victory also cemented Surrey’s place at the top of the South Group of the T20 Blast with their fourth victory in this seasons campaign.

 

 

 

                                              

                                   14th JULY   2017

         SURREY           KENT  SPITFIRES

           205-5 (20)      207-2 (19.3)

                              Kent Spitfires won by eight wickets  

                         NatWest T20 Blast  Friday 14th July 2017

 

                 Peter  Moore at the Kia Oval

A superb career best 116 not out from 31 year-old Joe Denly sealed a comfortable victory for the Kent Spitfires in front of a crowd of 23,828 at the Kia Oval on Friday evening. Kent paced their innings to perfection, thanks to a century opening partnership. Denly’s outstanding knock also included 76 of his runs, coming in boundaries. Surrey also had a century opening partnership, and after the half way stage were looking likely to get a score well beyond 200, but would have been disappointed to only finish up with 205 thanks to 55 from Jason Roy and 49 from Aaron Finch.

 

The Spitfires won the toss and put Surrey in to bat on a warm sultry night in South East London. Surrey welcomed back Jason Roy, who missed last night’s narrow one run defeat to Middlesex, after recovering from a slight shoulder strain.

Openers Roy and Aaron Finch set the perfect platform for the hosts by putting on 108 for the opening wicket. Finch was severe with the bowling of James Tredwell who he hit for three successive sixes over midwicket in his opening over. The Australian was ably assisted by Roy who made 55 before he holed out to long on off the bowling of Mitch Clayden. Next ball Finch fell one short of his half century when he was bowled by Joe Denly.  Thanks to some tight bowling from Treadwell and Denly the brakes were put on the Surrey scoring before Kumar Sangakkara opened his shoulders and hit Tredwell for two big sixes into the pavilion stand. The Sri Lankian had made 24 when he chipped the ball to mid off to leave Surrey 151 for 3 in the 14th over. The kent bowling attack to their credit kept to their task, but a fourth wicket partnership of 39 gave the hosts a late surge of runs before Adam Milne picked up his second wicket of the game when he comprehensively bowled Sibley(33) with two overs to go. Sam Curran(1) was then run out before the Surrey 200 was brought up, compliments of four byes. The home side finished on 205 for 5 with Ollie Pope unbeaten on 29 as the hosts posted a formidable total for Kent to chase down.

In pursuit of 206 to win on a good wicket Spitfires openers Daniel Bell- Drummond and Joe Denly put on a magnificent opening partnership of 163, before Jade Dernbach bowled a full toss to Bell-Drummond who was caught at deep midwicket for 64 in the 16th over. Sam Billings joined Denly in the middle with Denly bringing up his century off 54 balls including eight fours and six sixes. With 13 balls remaining Billings was caught at deep point off Dernbach for 16. Kent were left with 13 runs to get off 12 balls for victory which was reduced to 7 to win off six deliveries. The first ball of the final over was driven through cover for a boundary by Denly, second went for a single, Alex Blake picked up a single of the third. With just one to win Ravi Rampaul bowled a no ball as Kent celebrated victory by eight wickets with three deliveries remaining. Denly finished unbeaten on 116, which came of just 63 balls to cap a fine night for the Spitfires, and sent Surrey to their second loss in the competition inside 24 hours.

 

 

                                     

                                      13th   JULY   2017

NatWest T20 Blast  Middlesex  vs Surrey  Thursday 13th July 2017

                       Peter  Moore at Lords

                                 SURREY               MIDDLESEX                                              158-9 (20)               161-9 (18.4)      

                                       Middlesex won by one run

 

Tail ender Steven Finn hit a dramatic winning boundary to earn Middlesex a nail biting one-wicket victory against near neighbours Surrey at Lords.

After a late collapse Middlesex needed nine runs from 18 deliveries after one stage being 133 for 3 and looking like securing a comfortable victory. But Surrey, thanks to four wickets from Gareth Batty had other ideas as the hosts almost threw the game away.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first in front of a 27,205 crowd at the home of headquarters. The visitors were without Jason Roy, due to a slight shoulder injury.

The visitors got off to a fast start by posting 28 on the board inside the opening three overs before Tim Southee produced a good delivery that took the edge of Dominic Sibley’s bat and was caught behind. Tom Helm was introduced into the attack from the nursery end and immediately picked up a wicket with his first ball when he comprehensively bowled the dangerous Aaron Finch(22). Helm should have had a second, but Dawid Malan spilled a chance at midwicket when Ben Foakes had faced just his second ball. Leg Break bowler Nathan Sowter struck with his first delivery when he bowled Foakes(13) to leave Surrey 71-3. At the half way point Surrey were in a good position with the scoreboard reading 92-3 with Kumaar Sangakkara looking promising with 34 to his name. Southee returned back to bowl from the nursery end, and with his slower ball bowled Ollie Pope with a delivery that kept a little low. Paul Stirling picked up both Curran brothers Sam(5) and Tom(4) to leave Surrey 116-6 after 14 overs. Despite wickets falling around him, Sangakkara posted a half century off 31 balls. The little maestro was making batting look easy until Steven Finn was brought back into the attack with two overs remaining. His previous three overs had been very expensive- 40 runs taken off him, but the England pace man removed Sangakkara for 70 made off 42 balls to leave Surrey 151-7 with 10 balls to go. Tom Helm finished the last over by picking up the wickets of Gareth Batty and Ravi Rampaul in successive deliveries as the visitors made 158 for 9 in their allocated 20 overs. Tom Helm finishing with fine figures of 3 for 25 in his four overs.

Middlesex’s response started in emphatic fashion as Paul Stirling hit a quick fire 23 before he holed out to Gareth Batty at mid off off Ravi Rampaul’s third delivery with Middlesex 37-1 in the 4th over. Batty then turned wicket taker when his second delivery to Brendan McCullum(9) found the New Zealander, who holed out in the deep to leave Middlesex 68-2 in the eighth over. Two overs later Dawid Malan(41) chipped the ball to midwicket where Ollie Pope took a fine low catch off Batty. With 10 overs to go Middlesex required 76 runs to win. A sensible batting partnership for the fourth wicket off 53  between Eoin Morgan and James Franklin took Middlesex ever closer to victory before Morgan(31) was caught at backward point off Batty. Next Ball Tim Southee was caught in the deep to give Batty excellent figures of 4 for 14 in his four overs. 26 runs were required off 24 deliveries when Ryan Higgins came to the middle. His first two balls faced off Tom Curran went for six and four before he edged the next ball behind to leave Middlesex 143 for 6 in the 17th over needing 16 runs to win off 21 balls. It was soon to be 150 for 7 when James Franklin was bowled by Tom Curran for 23. With just eight to win Nathan Sowter was dropped by Scott Borthwick at point. The home side still needed six runs to win when Southee cut the ball straight to backward point off Jade Dernbach. Middlesex required 6 runs off 12 balls when Simpson(7)was caught off Rampaul to leave the home side 153-9. Rampaul then sent down four leg byes with Middlesex needing two to win off nine deliveries. With Steve Finn facing Rampaul he drove the ball down to fine leg to win the game for Middlesex by one wicket with eight balls to spare.

                         

                        9th JULY  2017

 Surrey completed an opening victory in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast, after completing a narrow two run victory against Essex at Chelmsford on Friday.

Essex won the toss and put Surrey in to bat. In their 20 overs Surrey made 188 for 8 with Dom Sibley top scoring with 61 and Aaron Finch making 56. Essex fell short of their target despite 75 from Ravi Bopara. The Eagles needed 10 runs from the final six deliveries, but a fine over from Tom Curran, who picked up the key wickets of Bopara and Ashar Zaida ensured victory. Surrey made it two from two in the NatWest T20 Blast after another narrow victory on Sunday. Surrey defeated Somerset by four runs. In their 20 overs, Surrey made 181 for 7 with Aaron Finch making 61 off 42 balls. Somerset fell short of their target despite 81 from Corey Anderson.

 

                       7th  JULY   2017

Surrey drew their latest Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at the Kia Oval.

In a high scoring encounter, Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors racked up 648 for 7 declared with George Bailey scoring 161. He was joined by fellow centurions Jimmy Adams 144 and James Vince 104. Surrey replied with 483, thanks to a truly brilliant unbeaten 219 not out from stand in Captain Rory Burns. The skipper also received good backing from Tom Curran who hit 53. Following on, Surrey ended the final day on 166 for 3 declared with Burns making 68.

 

                                                17th JUNE  2017

Surrey reached the Royal London One-Day Cup Final for the third year running, after completing a comprehensive 153 runs victory against Worcestershire at New Road on Saturday.

Surrey won the toss and made an imposing 363 for 7 in their allocated 50 overs. Jason Roy returned back to form to make 92, with more than useful contributions from Ben Foakes 86 and Kumar Sangakkara 73. The hosts were always struggling to reach their target and were bowled out for 210 in the 34thover. Only Ross Whiteley 55 and 53 from Brett D’Oliveira offered any resistance, with Gareth Batty the pick of the visitors attack with 5 for 40. Surrey will now play Nottinghamshire in the final at Lords on Saturday 1st July.

                                                14th JUNE  2017

Surrey earned a semi-final against Worcestershire at Worcester on Saturday, after defeating Yorkshire by 24 runs in the quarter-final of this seasons Royal London Cup at Headingly Carnegie.

Surrey won the toss and posted 313 for 7 in their 50 overs. The ever reliable 39-year-old Kumar Sangakkara continued his outstanding season, making his 100th century of his career. The Sri Lankan hit 121 runs at a run a ball, with nine fours and four sixes. Sangakkara, was ably supported by Ben Foakes who made 86 off 88 balls. Yorkshire fell short of their target despite 75 from opener Adam Lyth and 60 from Paul Handscomb. Ravi Rampaul finished with figures of 3 for 54 off 8 overs to seal another semi-final in 50 over cricket for Surrey.

 

                                                 12th JUNE  2017

Essex moved back to the top of the Specsavers County Championship after completing an eight-wicket victory against Surrey at Guildford.

On the opening day of the festival play was delayed until 1.10 after heavy rain fell during the morning. With an uncontested toss Essex elected to put Surrey in to bat. The hosts were bowled out for 399, thanks to a 186 partnership for the fourth wicket between Mark Stoneman and Dominic Sibley. Stoneman, was eventually dismissed three short of a double century with Sibley making 69. Surrey were also indebted to Sam Curran who made a fine 65. Jamie Porter continued his encouraging start to the season by picking up another four wickets for the visitors. Essex replied with 435, with Captain Ryan tenDoeschate hitting 168, who was ably assisted by 64 from Ravi Bopara. For the hosts Mark Footitt claimed 3 for 96. In their second innings Surrey were bowled out for 288 with Ben Foakes finishing on 65 not out. Simon Harmer took 4 for 83 for the visitors. Essex were left 253 to win, which they reached with the loss of just two wickets, thanks to an undefeated 108 from Tom Westley and 77 from Nick Browne.

 

Surrey drew their latest Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Essex at Chelmsford. The top two early runners in the division went head to head at Chelmsford.

Surrey were in total disarray when they slumped to 31 for 5, but were rescued by a sixth wicket stand of 191, with Sam Curran making 90 and Kumar Sangakkara 200. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 369. Sangakkara’a remarkable form with the bat this season continued as he scored his fifth consecutive first class century. For Essex Jamie Porter was the pick of the attack, taking 4 for 89. Essex were bowled out for 383 with Dan Lawrence making 107. Earlier in the game the youngster received his county cap. For Surrey, on debut Amar Virdi picked up three wickets. In their second innings Surrey declared on 260 for 9, after bad light cut the final session short, with Sangakkara falling 16 short of yet another century for the brilliant Sri Lankan.

 

 Middlesex and Surrey shared the honours at Lords in their latest Specsavers Division One County Championship Match, as honours were even, with the game ending in a draw.

Surrey made 313 in their first innings with Kumar Sangakkara hitting 114 and Dominic Sibley 54. James Franklin took 4 for 40 for the hosts. Middlesex replied with 411, thanks to 115 from Dawid Malan and 112 from Franklin. Stuart Meaker picked up 4 for 92 for the visitors. In their second innings Surrey made a poor start as they slipped to 16 for 2, but were rescued by 120 from Sangakkara and an undefeated 67 from Ben Foakes and 51 from Sam Curran. For Middlesex Toby Roland- Jones took 4 for 76. Requiring 242 to win in a minimum of 39 overs, Middlesex lost two early wickets before eventually finishing up on 92 for 2, as the game petered out into a draw.

 

Surrey moved up to third in the South Group of this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after completing a 66 run victory on the D/L Method against Hampshire at the Kia Oval on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. In their 50 overs, they made 271 for 8 with Australian George Bailey hitting an unbeaten 145 off 132 balls and Kyle Abbott 56. Once again Ravi Rampaul was the pick of the Surrey attack after finishing with figures of four for 61 of his ten overs. Surrey made 238 for 2 after 38 overs when light rain took the players off the field. At the time, Surrey were ahead of the D/L total thanks to an undefeated 124 from Kumar Sangakkara and 53 from Mark Stoneman.

 

Surrey kept alive their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition with a 44 run victory on the D/L Method against Kent at the Kia Oval on Friday.

The visitors won the toss and put Surrey in to bat. The hosts made 251 for 7 in their allotted 41 overs, due to rain. Ben Foakes continued his superb start to the season, by making an unbeaten 82 with Jason Roy hitting four boundaries in the opening over, making a quick fire 44. Kent’s target was reduced to 249 runs from 41 overs. Despite 69 from Sam Billings the visitors fell short, thanks to some fine bowling from Stuart Meaker who finished with 4 for 37 and Sam Curran 3 for 43.

 

Surrey suffered a 95-run defeat at the hands of Sussex in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup competition at Hove on Sunday.

Surrey won the toss and inserted the hosts. Sussex made 300 for 8 in their 50 overs with Chris Nash hitting 82 from 87 balls and Harry Finch 61. Ravi Rampaul continued his fine start to this seasons competition by taking 3 for 59. Despite 60 from Mark Stoneman and 55 from Ollie Pope the visitors fell short of their target, and were eventually bowled out for 205. David Wiese took 4 for 20 for the hosts.

 

 

 

                                        SURREY                        MIDDLESEX

                                  244-3 (45.2)                        243-9 (50)

                                          Surrey won by seven wickets

                 Royal London  One-Day Cup  Friday 5th May 2017

                          Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

 

Surrey completed their second win in this seasons competition, and in so doing dented Middlesex’s chances of reaching the top three, after a convincing seven wicket victory against near neighbours Middlesex at the Kia Oval.

 

Surrey won the toss and put their near neighbours in to bat. The visitors lost two wickets in seven balls when Dawid Malan(14) holed out to deep square leg off Tom Curran and Nick Compton- back from injury- lasted only five deliveries before he edged behind of Ravi Rampaul without scoring to leave Middlesex 42 for 2 in the 10th over. Adam Voges went for nine before a partnership of 66 for the fourth wicket was broken by Rampaul when he had Nick Gubbins caught on the boundary for 65. At the time Gubbins had contributed almost half of Middlesex’s total. Simpson progressed to a fifty, but survived a scare when he was put down on 51 by Ollie Pope at long leg. Rampaul had Ryan Higgins caught at mid off to give him figures of 3-26 as Middlesex were reduced to 164 for 5 in the 34th over. Gareth Batty returned and trapped Simpson lbw for 75, made off 83 balls to leave the visitors 203 for 6 in the 41st over. Despite 35 from Captain James Franklin, Middlesex made 243 for 9 in their allotted overs with Rampaul taking 4 for 40 in his ten overs.

Requiring 244 for victory, Surrey lost Mark Stoneman for 10 bowled around his legs by Toby Roland-Jones. Scott Borthwick and Kumar Sangakkara added 91 for the second wicket when Borthwick sent a lofted drive straight down to Tom Helm at long off off the bowling of Dawid Malan for 45. Sangakkara looked set for a century before he played a loose shot by chipping the ball to cover off Malan for 77 to leave Surrey 127 for 3. The inform Ben Foakes(55*) joined Rory Burns(67*) in the middle and the pair added an unbeaten 117  for the fourth wicket, to seal victory with 28 balls remaining.

 

Essex completed a one wicket victory against Surrey in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup game at the Kia Oval on Tuesday.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts were bowled out for 210 with former Essex player Ben Foakes finishing unbeaten on 77. Matt Quinn and Ravi Bopara picking up three wickets apiece. Essex slumped to 12 for 3, but were rescued by 34 from Tom Westley. Bopara contributed with the bat by making 36 before a fine unbeaten 44 from Simon Harmer won the game for the visitors who reached their target with just four balls remaining.

 

Surrey completed an eight wicket victory on the D/L method with 30 balls remaining against Glamorgan at Cardiff on Sunday, in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup Group Match.

Surrey won the toss and elected to field. The home side made 239, with Colin Ingram making 72 and Jacques Rudolph 57. For Surrey Jade Dernbach and Sam Curran picked up three wickets apiece. Surrey’s target was reduced due to rain. Their revised target of 182 was reached by losing just two wickets inside 24 overs thanks to an unbeaten 81 from Kumar Sangakkara and 74 from Mark Stoneman.

 

Surrey opened their Royal London One Day Cup campaign with a four-wicket loss to Somerset at Taunton on Friday. The home side won the toss and put Surrey in to bat. The visitors posted 290 for 8 in their 50 overs with Ben Foakes hitting 92 off 65 balls. The home side were in tatters at 22 for 5 with three wickets to Jade Dernbach. Despite the slump, Somerset were rescued by a magnificent sixth wicket partnership between Roelof Van DerMerwe and Dean Elgar. DerMerwe mde an unbeaten 165 with Elgar 68. Somerset reached their target with almost six overs to spare to register their opening win in this seasons competition.

Surrey drew their latest Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Surrey choose to bowl and saw the home side make 332 with Ian Westwood making 153. Surrey’s Tom Curran picked up 4 for 98. Surrey made 437 in reply with Mark Stoneman top scoring with 123 and Kumar Sangakkara 105. Starting their second innings 105 behind, the hosts eventually declared their second innings on 435 for 8 with Ian Bell falling one short of a century, Tim Ambrose 85 and an undefeated 70 from Keith Barker. Once again Curran was the pick of the visitors attack, claiming 4 for 112 as the game ended in a draw.

 

Surrey completed a draw against Lancashire in their second Specsavers Division One Championship match at the Kia Oval.

Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking Kia Oval wicket. Despite the visitors being in a whole pile of trouble at 67 for 5, they managed to dig themselves out of trouble thanks to a seventh wicket partnership of 243 with a maiden first class century for Joe Clarke, who went on to make 140 and Shiv Chanderpaul with a magnificent 182. Mark Footitt continued his purple patch for the season by taking 5 for 118 with Gareth Batty claiming 3 for 72. Surrey replied with 319, with Rory Burns making 91. Following on 151 behind, Scott Borthwick 108*with his maiden century for the club and Kumar Sangakkara added 256 for the third wicket as the hosts salvaged a draw, to close on 323 for 3.

 

Surrey wrapped up victory against Warwickshire inside 13overs at the Kia Oval on the final day of their Specsavers County Championship match, to record an innings and one run victory. The visitors won the toss and inserted the home side. Surrey made 454 thanks to debutant Mark Stoneman. The former Durham player made 165 on his debut for the county, and also became the first Englishman to score 100 on debut for Surrey since Mark Ramprakash in 2001. He was well backed up by a half century from Kumar Sangakkara. In reply, the visitors were shot out for just 91 with Mark Footitt taking 6 for 14. Following on 363 runs behind the visitors made a better fist of things second time around thanks to solid resistance from Jonathan Trott who made 151 and Ian Bell with 64. Despite a valiant effort from the former England test player, Surrey wrapped up victory early on the final day to open their campaign with a victory.

 

All-Rounder Tom Curran has signed a new three year contract that will keep him at the Kia Oval until 2019. Curran, 21 made his first- class  Surrey debut in 2014, and has taken 132  first-class wickets so far for the County. Curran, will be representing England Lions this winter.

Both Gareth Batty and Arun Harinath have signed new two year contracts at Surrey. The pair will remain at the Kia Oval until 2018. Batty, has recently been awarded a testemonial year in 2017. Meanwhile, Jason Roy has signed a new year three deal which will keep him at the club until 2019, Roy, has also recently been awarded a 12 month England "White Ball" central contract.

Kumar Sangakkara has signed a new one year contract with the club for the 2017 season.

For the second season in a row Surrey tasted defeat in this seasons Royal London One Day Cup Final. Warwickshire beat Surrey by eight wickets at Lords on Saturday with 19.4 overs to spare. Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first. They were going along nicely at 99 for 2, but collapsed to be eventually bowled out for 136 with Rory Burns top scoring with 40. Warwickshire, thanks to an unbeaten 82 from Jonathan Trott reached their target with ease to record silverware for the Midlands county.

Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Davies will leave the county at the end of the season to join Somerset on a three-year deal from next season after rejecting a new contract at the Oval.

 

Surrey drew their latest Specsavers County Championship game against Hampshire at the Kia Oval. The hosts made 329 in their first innings with Rory Burns hitting a century. Hampshire replied with 582 for 9 declared with Tom Alsop making a maiden first-class hundred and centuries from Ryan McClaren and an undefeated 158 from Sean Ervine. Surrey's Mark Footitt picked up 6 for 161. Surrey made 248 for 3 in their second innings with Kumar Sangakkara making an unbeaten 84 before rain and bad light ended play early on the final day.

Surrey booked a place in the final of the Royal London Cup for a second season running after a narrow 19 run semi-final victory against Yorkshire at Leeds. The hosts won the toss and put Surrey in to bat. The visitors recovered from 8 for 2 to reach 255 for 7 in their 50 overs. Steve Davies top scored with 104 along with a fine 90 from Ben Foakes. Despite a gallant 68 from Tim Bresnan, Surrey picked up wickets on a regular basis with Stuart Meaker the pick of the attack with 3 for 61.

                                                      SURREY     vs           LANCASHIRE

                                                      LANCASHIRE  287   SURREY   50-0                         

                           Specsavers County Championship Division 1

                             Tuesday 23rd August 2016  Day One

                                     Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

 

Lancashire recovered from 99 for 5 to post a respectable 287 in their latest County Championship match against Surrey at the Kia Oval. By stumps an unbroken half century partnership from Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley had given the hosts a solid platform to build on.

 

On a very hot and muggy day in London, the visitors won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat.  Lancashire lost their first wicket with 15 runs on the board when Sam Curran trapped Luke Procter(5) lbw. Haseeb Hameed(26) was brilliantly caught behind by Ben Foakes diving to his left to cling on to the ball after Hameed’s hook shot to leave the visitors 51-2. On a pitch of uneven bounce, the experience Alviro Petersen joined Liam Livingstone in the middle with the pair taking the score to 79-2 at lunch. Petersen, looking particularly dangerous played two consecutive flowing cover drives off Stuart Meaker in the last over before lunch to remain unbeaten on 17 with Livingstone 29 not out.

With the 11th delivery after lunch Sam Curran bowled Petersen without adding to his lunchtime score. Brother Tom then had Livingstone(37) caught behind as the 23 year-old played a loose stroke, hanging his bat out to dry. 99 for 4 quickly became 99 for 5 as Sam Curran had Steven Crook caught behind to a fine low catch from Foakes to leave the visitors in a sorry state. However, a partnership of 85 for the sixth wicket between Rob Jones and Jordan Clark was ended when Kumar Sangakkara pulled of a stunning one handed catch at first slip to remove Clarke for 56. Sam Curran then picked up his fourth wicket of the innings when Jones(25)- making his first class debut- was bowled off an inside edge. At tea the visitors had recovered to reach 211 for 7.

With some late resistance from Aaron Lilley, who made a fine 38 before he was caught behind, and a last wicket partnership of 48 between Simon Kerrigan(25) and Nathan Buck(24*) Lancashire- who added 76 runs after tea- were eventually bowled out for 287, with Ben Foakes taking five assists behind the stumps.

Surrey had to face 15 overs before close of play. Openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley put on an unbroken stand of 50 for the first wicket. When Burns had reached 17, he had passed 1,000 first class runs for the season. The openers looked untroubled against the pace attack of Jarvis and Buck. With a couple of overs remaining the rare sight of spin today was seen in the shape of Lilley, but the opening pair remained intake, despite Burns being dropped on 33 at second slip as Surrey gained the upper hand in the last hour of play.

 

 

 

                               SURREY  STARS     v      LANCASHIRE  THUNDER

                         Kia Womens Super League  Tuesday 9th August 2016

                                Peter Moore at Guildford

                               LANCASHIRE 106-3 (20)     SURREY 106-3 (15.2)

                                                Surrey win by 7 wickets

Stars registered their second victory in this seasons Kia Super League after completing a seven wicket victory against the Thunder. The visitors were always struggling after being put in to bat with excellent bowling performances from Alex Hartley 2-18 and Marizanne Kapp 3-11. Openers Tammy Beaumont and Bryony Smith gave the home side the perfect start with a half century partnership in front of a crowd of almost a thousand.

Surrey Stars won the toss and elected to field. Stars immediately claimed a wicket with just the second delivery of the innings when Marizanne Kapp trapped Hayley Mathews lbw without scoring. Emma Lamb had scored 27 off Thunder’s 28 runs, before she lofted a ball straight to mid-of to give Kapp a second wicket. Kapp completed her four overs with the fine figures of 4-1-18-2. Slow left armer Alex Hartley picked up two wickets in four balls in the 12th over to reduce Thunder to 66-4. Laura Macloud missed a full toss and was bowled. Deandra Dottin then top edged a sweep and was caught at short fine-leg. As wickets kept falling in regular intervals, thanks to some fine tight bowling and excellent fielding from the Stars, it was down to Amy Satterthwaite to hold the innings together. The New Zealander had been at the crease since the third ball, and watched on while her colleges struggled. Satterthwaite, who was dropped on 10 and 27, was undefeated at the close of the innings with 34 as Thunder closed their innings on a disappointing 102 for 9.

Openers Bryony Smith and Tammy Beaumont put on 53 for the first wicket before Smith top edged a delivery and was caught at short midwicket for 30 in the seventh over. Natalie Sciver was caught in the deep after making 14, to be dismissed for the first time in this competition. Despite the loss of the Stars skipper along with Cordelia Griffith(7) caught behind, the Stars went into the 14th over requiring nine to win to claim a bonus point victory. They reached their target in the 16th over when Kapp hit the winning single through midwicket. Along with a fine unbeaten 45 from Beaumont, Stars reached their target with 28 balls to spare, to keep them in the hunt for finals day with one more game to come, against Loughborough.

 

                                      MIDDLESEX   vs SURREY

                             Specsavers County Championship Division One Day 2

                               Friday 5th August 2016  Peter Moore at Lords

                                     SURREY         MIDDLESEX

                                          415                   249-5

Middlesex were made to work hard on Day Two of the Specsavers County Championship clash with their near neighbours Surrey at Lords, as the visitors took a firm grip of the match.

 

After a very productive day for Surrey which saw Jason Roy hit 110 and Rory Burns 88, the visitors resumed on a sunny morning in London on 384 for 8, with Ben Foakes 53 not out. Surrey added a further 31 runs in the course of an hour to be bowled out for 415, with Foakes remaining unbeaten on 63.

Brothers Tom and Sam Curran opened the bowling, and it was Tom who struck the first blow by having Steve Eskinazi plumb lbw for eight. Nick Compton- playing his first game for Middlesex since May 8th- joined Nick Gubbins in the middle, with the pair taking the score at lunch to 22 for 1.  Compton’s scratchy innings of 11 was ended when he played on to Stuart Meaker’s in swinging delivery. A partnership of 80 for the third wicket was broken when Zafa Ansari had Dawid Malan(31) caught at short leg. Ansari then bowled Gubbins  around his legs sweeping for 82 to leave Middlesex 134 for 4. Gubbins has now scored 849 championship runs for the county at an average of 65.30. A further 22 runs were added in the afternoon session as Middlesex reached tea on 156 for 4 with John Simpson(13) and George Bailey(11) at the crease.

The Australian Bailey, who was dropped on two was quite subdued before tea, opened his shoulders after the break and played some attacking shots. In partnership with john Simpson the pair added 70 for the fifth wicket before Bailey was trapped lbw by Batty for 37.  Despite this set back the home side reached stumps on 249 for 5, with Simpson undefeated on 52.

 

                              MIDDLESEX    vs    SURREY

                          Royal London One-Day Cup Group Match

                              Tuesday 2nd August 2016

                             MIDDLESEX 101-8 (16)          SURREY  105-5 (15.2)

                                          Surrey won by five wickets

                                   Peter Moore at Lords

In what turned out to be a battle for Quarter-final qualification, it was Surrey who proved victorious in this London derby, thanks to a fifth wicket partnership between Ben Foakes and Zafar Ansari. The pair came together with Surrey struggling at 35 for 4, replying to Middlesex’s 101 for 8, but a crucial fifth wicket partnership of 66 took the game away from Middlesex and took the visitors to the brink of victory.

 

Both these sides went into their final group game, still with an outside chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament. After the start was delayed by almost three hours, the game was scheduled to start at 4.15 with the match reduced to 33 overs per side, but further rain meant a delay of a further 2 and a quarter hours. When play eventually got underway at 6.30, with the game further reduced to 18 overs per side, Surrey won the toss and elected to field on a very murky day. With Jade Dernbach’s fifth delivery he had Dawid Malan caught behind for a duck.  Tom Curran grabbed two wickets in three balls with Nick Gubbins(7) brilliantly caught by wicket keeper Ben Foakes diving to his left hand side to produce a one handed catch, Curran, produced a slower ball to remove Paul Stirling for 13 to leave Middlesex on 23 for 3 after 18 deliveries. Australian George Bailey(12) advanced down the pitch to Gareth Batty’s third delivery and was bowled to leave the home side 50 for 4. Middlesex’s plight deepened when James Franklin(13) was caught at long off by Sam Curran of his brother Tom. John Simpson’s fine knock of 29 was ended when he tried to run the ball down to third man but was caught behind to leave Middlesex struggling at 86 for 6 after 12.4 overs. The drizzle which had been falling for a while started to get progressively heavier when the umpires called the players off the field at 7.35 pm. After a brief stoppage, two more overs were lost from the game. With the first ball after the restart, Toby Roland-Jones(1) lobbed the ball straight to mid-on off Meaker to leave Middlesex 86-7.  The home side finished up on 101 for 8 in their 16 overs with some fine all round bowling performances from the visitors Tom Curran 3-26, Stuart Meaker 2-15 and Jade Dernbach 2-20.

Requiring 102 for victory, Surrey lost Jason Roy first ball caught behind off Toby Roland-Jones. 0 for 1 soon became 2 for 2 when James Harris struck with his first delivery to get Steve Davies(1) caught at slip. Ollie Rayner, with his fifth delivery claimed the key wicket of Aaron Finch. The Australian had scored 24 of Surrey’s 35 runs when he was bowled by Rayner to leave the visitors 35 for 4 in the sixth over. But a fifth wicket partnership of 66  between Ben Foakes and Zafar Ansari  steered Surrey to within one run of victory, before Foakes was caught at mid -wicket for 45. With just a single required to win for Surrey with six balls remaining it was down to Ansari to hit the winning runs, with a pulled four with four balls remaining to steer Surrey into the quarter-finals, where they will face Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

 

Despite beating Kent by 37 runs at a packed out Kia Oval on Friday evening in their final NatWest T20 Blast group match, Surrey just missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals. Surrey on winning the toss posted 212 for 4 in their allocated 20 overs with Jason Roy(120) and Aaron Finch(79) putting on 187 for the opening wicket. Kent fell short of their target, finishing up 175 for 7 with Sam Northeast top scoring with 59. Meanwhile, Surrey have signed top order batsman Mark Stoneman from Durham. The batsman will join up with Surrey after the completion of his contract, and will be available from the start of next season.

Surrey completed a comprehensive 165 run victory against Gloucestershire at the Kia Oval on Wednesday in the Royal London One Day Cup. Surrey, on winning the toss made 323 for 8 in their allocated 50 overs with Steve Davies scoring 79 and Sam Curran hitting 57. For the visitors, Liam Norwell was the pick of the attack with 3 for 56. Gloucestershire were dismissed for 158 inside 34 overs with Hamish Marshall top scoring with 55 and Gareth Batty taking 5 for 41 with Jade Dernbach picking up 3 for 33.

Surrey kept alive their changes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast competition after completing a six wicket victory against Sussex at the Kia Oval on Friday. A crowd of 23,000 saw Sussex bat first and make 153 for 6 in their 20 overs with Craig Cachopa making 45. Surrey reached their target with ten balls to spare. On Sunday Surrey defeated Essex at Chelmsford in the Royal London One Day Cup Group game by 66 runs. Surrey batted first after winning the toss and made 313 for 8 in their allocated 50 overs. Steve Davies top scored with 82 along with half-centuries from Jason Roy and Rory Burns. Essex fell well short of their target despite a superb 131 from Jesse Ryder. Jade Dernbach picked up 4 for 41 for the visitors.

                             MIDDLESEX    v    SURREY

        NatWest T20 Blast South Group Thursday 21st July 2016

                              SURREY 196-6 (20)      MIDDLESEX 200-5 (19.1)

                                      Middlesex beat Surrey by 5 wickets

                                            Peter Moore at Lords

A world record crowd for a domestic T20 game were treated to an evening of spectacular hitting  with Middlesex continuing their push towards the Quarter-finals of the competition with a five wicket victory over their local rivals Surrey.

                        

Both these sides went into this London Derby on the back of promising victories. Surrey were triumphant against Hampshire in the County Championship, whilst the hosts had recently completed successive wins against Somerset in the Championship and T20 Blast.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat, in front of a domestic record crowd of 27,119 with the new Warner stand open, Middlesex opened the bowling with Tim Murtagh, who was playing his first T20 match for Middlesex for three years. Jason Roy immediately took three fours off Murtagh’s opening five deliveries. Aaron Finch and Roy picked up 80 runs in the opening six overs with Roy scoring 45 off just 20 balls. Roy brought up his half century of the 24th delivery he received before George Bailey took a very well taken diving catch at long off to remove Roy for 50 off James Franklin’s first delivery. Legbreak bowler Nathan Sowter then had Steve Davies(5)caught at point to leave the visitors in a strong position with the score 97 for 2 in the ninth over. The Australian Finch who has been a shrewd signing for Surrey, moved on to his 50 which came off 34 balls. The impressive Sowter finished with fine figures of 2 for 29 in his allotted four overs after claiming the wicket of Rory Burns(15) to leave the visitors 127 for 3 in the 13th over. Harry Podmore was removed from the attack by umpire Jeremy lloyds after bowling a beamer and was replaced by Ryan Higgins who had Chris Morris caught for 25. Finch, who played some audacious shots in a fine innings of 78 off 58 deliveries before he was caught in the deep off James Fuller in the last over. Fuller grabbed the wicket of Sam Curran(4) to finish with two for 41 off his four overs. Surrey completed their 20 overs with a total of 196-6. Credit to the Middlesex bowling attack who restricted Surrey to under 200, which at one point seemed very unlikely after the bright start from the visitors.

 Paul Stirling took 14 off the opening over before Nick Gubbins(4) was out to the 10th delivery of the Middlesex reply after getting caught at deep square leg off Jade Dernbach. Eoin Morgan joined Stirling in the middle with the pair adding 36 for the second wicket before Stirling(34) was caught at cover to give Dernbach his second wicket. At the half way stage the Middlesex reply was going well with the score on 112 for 2 with the home side needing a further 85 for victory.  With Dominic Sibely’s fifth delivery he claimed the big wicket of Morgan(42) who was caught at long on to leave Middlesex needing 77 to win. A cameo innings of 43 from 26 balls from John Simpson in a match winning partnership of 67 with George Bailey was ended with Middlesex needing 10 to win after Simpson was yorked by Mahmood. With two runs required from eight balls Bailey was bowled by Dernbach for 55. With the scores level Higgins paddle swept the ball down to the third man boundary for the winning runs with five balls remaining to continue Middlesex’s fine and much improved T20 form.

 

Surrey inflicted a crucial innings and 13 runs defeat to bottom side Hampshire, to move out of the Specsavers Division One relegation zone. At the Ageas Bowl Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors piled up 637-7 declared with Rory Burns making 122 and Dominic Sibley 99 in an opening stand worth 208. Aaron Finch continued his fine form with 86. Ben Foakes 141* and Gareth Batty 110* compiled a county record for the 8th wicket of 222. Hampshire were bowled out for 423 with  Luke McManus scoring his maiden senior century. The wicketkeeper finished on an unbeaten 132 as the home side were forced to follow on. Hampshire were bowled out for 201 in their second innings with Ryan Mclaren top scoring with 59. Batty took 6-51 for Surrey to complete an enthatic victory.

Surrey got back to winning ways after completing a 15 run victory against Somerset in the NatWest T20 Blast competition at the Kia Oval on Friday. Surrey posted 154 for 8 in their 20 overs with Aaron Finch hitting a quick fire 51. The visitors fell short of their target after Jade Dernbach had picked up 3 for 32 in his four overs.

Surrey slipped to a 10 wicket defeat against Warwickshire inside three days in the Specsavers County Championship at Guildford. Surrey made 273 in their first innings with debutant Australian Aaron Finch making 110. Jeetan Patel picked up 5-62. Warwickshire ammased 449 with Jonathan Trott scoring 123, Ian Bell 66 and Keith Barker 65. Mark Footitt took 4-57. Despite a promising start, Surrey were bowled out for 177, after being 106-1. Rory Burns scored 68 with Patel picking up another five wickets to give him match figures of 10-123. Surrey also suffered a defeat in white ball cricket after going down by six wickets against Gloucestershire at Bristol in the NatWest T20 Blast competition. Surrey made 151-9 in their 20 overs with Dominic Sibley top scoring with 32. The home side reached their target with six balls to spare after Ian Cockbain made an undefeated 73.

Surrey suffered a 9 wicket loss to Division leaders Glamorgan at Cardiff in the NatWest Blast T20 on Friday. Surrey could muster only 110 as they were bowled out in 19.2 overs. The home side cantered to their target with almost four overs reamining with Colin Ingram hitting an undefeated 73.

Surrey secured their first victory in this seasons Specsavers County Championship, after completing a 228 run victory against Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval. Surrey made 323 in their first innings with Steve Davies making 82 and Aran Harinath 73. For the visitors Jake Ball took 4-85. Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 182 with Michael Lumb top scoring with 48 and Gareth Batty caliming 4-23. Surrey declared their second innings on 244-5 with Harinath hitting 83. Set 386 to win on the final day, Notts were bowled out for 157 with Zafar Ansari taking 6-36.

Surrey completed their first County Championship win of the season, after a 228 run victory against Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval. Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. They compiled 323 in their first innings with Steve Davies making 82, Aran Harinath 73 and Tom Curran 52. For the visitors Jake Ball took 4-85. Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 182 with Gareth Batty picking up 4-23. Surrey declared their second innings on 244 for 5 with Harinath making 83. Set 386 to win on the final day,Nottinghamshire were alawys struggling and were eventually bowled out for 157 with Zafar Ansari taking 6-36. 

Surrey marked their 150th outing in the NatWest T20 Blast with a 29 run victory against Middlesex at a packed Kia Oval on Friday evening. Surrey posted 173 for 7 in their 20 overs with Zafar Ansari hitting an unbeaten 34 not out off 25 balls. Jason Roy top scored with 35. For the visitors Ollie Rayner took 3-23. Middlesex were bowled out for 144 with James Franklin making 39 and Surrey’s Ravi Rampaul picking up 3-21.S

Surrey gained their first victory in this seasons Royal London One Day Cup competition on Tuesday at Guildford, after completing a six wicket victory against Sussex on D/L. The visitiors were put in to bat and made 239 with Chris Jordan making 55 and Ravi Rampaul claiming 4-47. Surrey's revised target was 235 from 43 overs due to rain. The home side reached their target with 10 overs to spare thanks to an undefeated 70 from Rory Burns and 61 from Ben Foakes. 24 hours later Surrey travelled to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire in the RLC competition,but narrowly lost by just six runs. Hampshire compiled 298-8 in their 50 overs with Gareth Batty taking 3-56. Surrey just failed to reach their target despite 72 from Foakes and 62 from Zafar Ansari. Gareth Berg claimed 4-64 for the hosts.

                                         SURREY     vs   SOMERSET

               Royal London One Day Cup  Wednesday 8th June 2016

                                  Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                       SURREY              SOMERSET

                                            163-6                  180-2

                                              (24)                     (23.1)   

                                    Somerset won by 8 wickets on D/L 

Somerset made it two wins out of two in this seasons competition after completing a victory against Surrey. The victory was set up by an opening partnership of 155 between Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh. Despite losing a couple of wickets as they got closer to their target, the visitors reached their target to maintain their unbeaten start to the competition.

Surrey won the toss on a muggy afternoon in London and elected to bat first. Captain Gareth Batty didn’t feature in the game after being ruled out of the side due to family reasons. Rory Burns skippered the side for the first time. Openers Jason Roy and Steve Davies put on 33 for the first wicket before Davies (6) was bowled by Somerset’s captain Jim Allenby. When heavy rain, turning to thunder and lightning drove the players off at 2:40 in the 12th over, Surrey were 53 for 1 with Jason Roy undefeated on 31. After a delay of over four hours, play resumed at 7 pm with the game reduced to 24 overs per side. Within 12 balls of the restart Surrey had lost two wickets. Roy(46) was bowled by Tim Groenewald’s slower ball and Sangakkara(12) was run out backing up, after Van der Merwe deflected the ball on to the stumps. Peter Trego had Gary Wilson(13) caught low down at cover and  next ball Tom Curran run out without scoring to leave Surrey 106 for 4 in the 19th over. Matt Pillans produced a cameo knock of 17, including successive six’s off Peter Trego along with a fine unbeaten 51 by stand in Captain Rory Burns as Surrey finished on a respectable 163 for 6 of their 24 overs.

After D/L was taken into consideration, Somerset’s target was 180 to win in 24 overs. Openers Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh made the target look very easy by bringing up a century stand inside 11 overs. The pair went on to add a further 55 runs before Allenby was caught at cover off Tom Curran for 71, made off 56 balls. With just 20 needed off 24 deliveries Myburgh holed out to deep point for 76 off 59 balls. A tight over from Dominic Sibley left the equation of 13 needed off 12 balls. Just two runs were required for victory off the last over when Peter Trego clubbed the winning runs into the deep for a Somerset victory with five balls to spare.

 

 

Surrey completed a 23 run victory against Sussex at Hove in the NatWest Blast competition on Friday. Surrey won the toss and elected to bat, the visitors made 205 for 4 in their 20 overs with Jason Roy hitting 109 and Kumar Sangakara 54. Sussex fell short of their target by 23 runs despite 51 from Ross Taylor. The home side finishe up with 182 for 5.

                                               SURREY         GLAMORGAN

                                NATWest  T20 Blast South Group Thursday 26th May 2016

                                         Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                              SURREY        GLAMORGAN

                                                93                        96-2

                                               (17.2)                    (12.2)

                                         Glamorgan won by eight wickets

A clinical all round display by the visitors ensured a comprehensive victory against Surrey at the Kia Oval on Thursday. Timm Van Der Gugten ripped through the Surrey batting line up, finishing with 4-14. He was backed up by some excellent ground fielding from Glamorgan. In reply,Opener David Lloyd raced to 31 along with 34  from Jacque Rudolph as Glamorgan completed victory with 46 balls remaining.    

        

On a warm pleasant Late May evening Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. After the opening six overs it seemed a bad decision as the home side slumped to 32 for 4. Surrey’s openers Jason Roy and Steve Davies put on 28 for the first wicket before Davies was caught in the deep off Timm Van Der Gugten for 11. The Australian born Van Der Gugten then claimed the key wicket of Kumar Sangakkara for 2 after the Sri Lankan was caught behind following a loose drive. Jason Roy was brilliantly caught by Colin Ingram at cover. Ingram. having to take the catch going backwards above his head. Zafar Ansari lasted just two balls before he drove loosely at a ball from Craig Meschede and was very well caught low down by wicketkeeper Craig Cooke. Sam Curran and Gary Wilson attempted to dig Surrey out of a huge hole, the pair added 24 for the fifth wicket before Curran pulled a delivery from Meshede to mid-wicket where David Lloyd clung on to the ball centimeters of the ground. Surrey’s problems intensified when Azhar Mahmood pulled up with an injury. After a few minutes of intensive treatment, he was helped off the field by the physio.  Van Der Gugten then bowled Gary Wilson (5) as he moved across his stumps and trapped James Burke(0) LBW three balls later to leave Surrey in tatters at 60 for 7. Van Der Gugten eventually finished with impressive figures of 4-1-14-4. The best figures ever by a Glamorgan bowled in a T20 match against Surrey. Tom Curran made 20 before he sliced to extra cover off the bowling of Dean Cosker. The off spinner then bowled Matt Pillans for 13 to leave Surrey bowled out inside 18 overs for just 93.

David Lloyd tucked into the Surrey bowling by hitting 31 runs off 21 balls including six boundaries before he was tucked up for room from a ball from Matt Pillans and was caught at mid off as the visitors moved swiftly to 58 for 1 in the eighth over. Colin Ingram made 11 before he pulled a ball from James Burke straight to Pillans at mid wicket. But thanks to Jacque Rudolph’s innings of 34 and a cameo 13 from Aneurin Donald, the visitors wrapped up victory inside 13 overs, with a 15,500 crowd making their way home, earlier than anticipated.

 

 

 

Surrey opened their NatWest Blast T20 campaign with an eight run victory against Essex at Chelmsford. Essex won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. Surrey posted 170-8 in their allocated 20 overs with Azhar Mahmood top scoring with 42 and Kumar Sangakkara 32. Essex's Matt Quin, on debut picked up 4-35. Essex were bowled out for 162 with Tom Westley making 46 and Mahmood staring with the ball, with figures of 4-38 along with youngster Tom Curran who took 3-21.

                                                     SURREY   134-6           MIDDLESEX  395

                                       Specsavers County Championship  Day 2 Monday 16th May 2016

                                                   Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

Ollie Rayner continued his fine record against Surrey by picking up three wickets as the home side struggled in a day dominated by their London rivals.

 

Middlesex resumed on their overnight total of 298 for 7 with James Franklin on 11 and James Harris 5. An injury weakened Surrey bowling attack, which were hampered by the loss yesterday of Ravi Rampaul due to a hamstring injury, kept up to their task after Middlesex at one stage were 232-2. The overnight pair had moved the score on to 323-7 when Harris was comprehensively yorked by Tom Curran to give the youngster his fourth wicket of the innings. Franklin had made 32 before he was bowled by a delivery that kept low from Batty. Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh frustrated the Surrey attack with the pair adding 72 for the tenth wicket shortly before lunch when James Burke produced an in swinger that bowled Murtagh for 24. Roland-Jones finished on an undefeated 44 as Middlesex were bowled out for 395, with Tom Curran taking 4-113 and three wickets apiece from Batty and Burke.

Surrey’s opening partnership of Arun Harinath and Rory Burns found it tough going against some fine new ball bowling from Murtagh and Roland-Jones. The openers grinding out 21 runs in the opening 13 overs. James Harris and spinner Ollie Rayner replaced Roland-Jones and Murtagh and it was Rayner who picked up two wickets in an over. Burns chipped tamely to mid-off for 19, two balls later Rayner had Harinath plumb in front for 20 to leave Surrey 41-2.  Rayner grabbed the key wicket of Kumar Sangakkara shortly before tea, who was caught at backward point for 14 to leave Rayner with figures of 3 for 17 at Tea.

Middlesex struck in the first over after tea, with Murtagh’s sixth delivery he had Steve Davies very well taken at square leg by Paul Stirling who took a fine catch diving forward to leave Surrey 69-4. Jason Roy and Ben Foakes steadied the ship with a partnership of 60 for the fifth wicket before Dawid Malan was introduced into the attack, with his second ball he had Roy caught at bat pad for 47 to leave the visitors struggling on 129-5. Roland-Jones was re-introduced into the attack and immediately had James Burke LBW for a single. Surrey closed the day on 134 for 6 with Foakes undefeated on 22, with the visitors in a very strong position to press for victory.

urrey   as at 6th May 2016

Surrey and Durham drew a high scoring Specsavers County Championship match at the Kia Oval. Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. The home side were bowled out for 457 with Arun Harinath falling four short of a century and Steve Davies hitting 87. Jason Roy brought  up his 10,000th first-class run in his innings of 64. Durham replied with 607-7 before they declared. Jack Burnham made his maiden first-class hundred in his knock of 135 while Paul Collingwood finished on an undefeated 106. Surrey made 244-6 in their second innings with Tom Curran making 54 before both sides shock hands on the draw.

 

                                           SURREY    463         SOMERSET   99-1

                                     Specsavers County Championship Division One

                                          Monday 25th April 2016 Day Two

Somerset worked their way back into the match on a day shortened by bad light and rain. Thanks to an undefeated 68 from the 40 year-old Marcus Trescothick, they have built a platform on which to build on for the third day.

Surrey resumed their innings on 394-5 with Zafar Ansari undefeated on 28 and Ben Foakes yet to open his account. It was an overcast and chilly morning as the players took to the field. Ansari took two boundaries of successive deliveries from Craig Overton who opened the bowling from the Vauxhall End. After facing 13 deliveries, Ben Foaks eventually got off the mark in testing conditions with a single. Tim Groenewald replaced Overton and quickly snapped up the wicket of Foakes, who was caught behind. Tom Curran was run out in a horrible mix up with his partner Ansari to leave Surrey 429-7.  Gareth Batty became the second Surrey batsman to be run out in the innings when he had made 12 following a direct hit from Roelof Van Der Merwe at mid off. After 75 minutes play the light deteriorated with Umpires Richard Illingworth and Paul Baldwin asking for the floodlights to be switched on. Ansari brought up his 50 and two balls later was dismissed for 53 when he steered the ball into the hands of Marcus Trescothick at second slip. Mark Fottitt became Groenewalds’s fifth wicket of the innings when he went for five as Surrey were dismissed for 463, with the South African finishing with 5 for 94. Somerset’s openers Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell had to negotiate two overs before bad light sent the players back to the pavilion with an early lunch taken with the visitors 4-0.

Despite a brief interruption of around 15 minutes for rain, with play getting back underway shortly before 2pm Openers Trescothick and Abell looked mostly untroubled. When Trescothick had reached 15 he became the second highest run score in Somerset history. With the score on 63-0 Mark Footitt tempted Tom Abell with a short delivery, Abell went for the hook shot and was caught on the deep square leg boundary for 19. With a heavy shower falling the umpires took the players off for an early tea, with Somerset 73-1 and Trescothick unbeaten on 48. Play continued for a further hour before more rain set in as Somerset progressed to 99-1 with Trescothick on 68. Play was hoping to recommence at 5:55, but with ever increasing dark clouds above the Oval, the umpires decided the light wasn’t fit enough to play in and play was called off for the day.

 

 

Surrey began life back in the top flight of English cricket, with a narrow three wicket loss to Nottinghamshire in the Specsavers County Championship Division One. Surrey chose to bowl, with Notts posting 446 in their first innings, Steve Mullaney hitting 113, his second century of the week. On debut, Ravi Rampaul picked up 5-93. Surrey were bowled out for 225. Following on, Arun Harinath and Kumar Sangakkar shared in a 2nd wicket stand of 142. Harinath went on to make 137 and Sangakkara 83 as the visitors were bowled out for 389. Jake Ball took 5-98 for the hosts. Set 169 to win Notts limped to 100-5, with Tom Curran taking 3 for nought, but thanks to Greg Smith's 54 the home side reached their target for the loss of seven wickets.

Surrey have signed South African all-rounder Chris Morris  as an overseas player for this seasons NatWest T20 Blast. Morris, will join Surrey in July after West Indian Dwayne Bravo leaves to play in the CPL. Morris, will be available for the final six  group matches of the tournament.

Surrey have signed Australian T20 Captain Aaron Finch, who will play as the conties overseas player in all competitions as cover for Kumar Sangakkara during the CPL. Meanwhile, Azhar Mahmood will return to the coiunty in 2016 as player coach for the T20.

West Indian all rounder Dwayne Bravo has signed for Surrey as an overseas player for this seasons NatWest Blast T20 Blast competition.

Surrey will start life back in Division One of the County Championship, with a trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire on Sunday April 10th. Two weeks later Somerset will visit the Kia Oval with Durham making the very long trip to South London to face Surrey on May 1st. Surrey will start their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Essex at Chelmsford on Friday 20th May. The Rey will welcome Glamorgan to the Kia Oval for the first T20 Blast home game on Thursday 26th May. The very popular venue of Guildford will host two games, with Sussex visiting Woodbridge Road on Tuesday 14th June for a Royal London Cup One-Day game, whilst at the beginning of July Surrey will entertain Warwickshire in the Championship. In September the Rey will entertain Hampshire in the Championship, starting on the 6th, before wrapping up their Championship season with a trip to Durham on the 12th.

Surrey have signed left arm seamer Mark Footitt from Derbyshire on a four year contract.

Both James Burke and Matt Dunn have extended their contracts with the club. Burke, has agreed a new two year deal that will keep him at the county until at least 2017. Dunn, has commited for a further three years, which will keep him at the club until the 2018 season.

Rory Burns has become the latest Surrey player to extend his contract with the club. Burns, has signed a three year contract with the club that will keep him at Surrey until at least 2018. Sam Curran has also agreed to a new three year deal, which will keep him at the County until at least 2018.

Zafar Ansari has signed a new three year deal at the club. The deal means it will keep him at the club until at least 2018. Meanwhile, Ben Foakes has also signed a three year deal with the club, that will also keep him at the Kia Oval until at least 2018.

                                       SURREY          NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

                                  LV=County Championship Division Two Day Two

                                     Wednesday 23rd September 2015

                                           Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                      SURREY   378-8

Kumar Sangakkara showed his sheer class, as the Sri Lankan hit a century for Surrey as the home side pushed for points to clinch the Division Two title.

After the opening days play was washed out due to persistent rain, Surrey won the toss and elected to bat on a day graced with late September sunshine. Surrey were aiming to clinch the Division Two title, having started the day with a nine point lead over their nearest rivals Lancashire.

Openers Rory Burns and Arun Harinath posted 44 for the opening wicket before Harinath top edged a short delivery from Maurice Chambers into the gloves of David Murphy. Burns, became another of Chambers victims when he went for 30. During his innings today, Burns had reached 1,000 championship runs for the season. On the stroke of lunch, with Graeme White’s fifth delivery, Foakes missed a straight one and was bowled for 16 to leave Surrey at lunch 108 for 3, with Sangakkara unbeaten on 22.

The Sri Lankan was awarded his county cap during the lunch interval and duly proceeded to reach a half century with a lofted six over long off off White. Off spinner Rob Keogh had Steve Davies caught for 21 to leave Surrey 172 for 4. Jason Roy- who should have been stumped without scoring- gave valuable support to Sangakkara, before he went lbw sweeping for 32 off White. Sangakkara moved on to an elegant century in mid-afternoon, coming off 139 balls including 13 fours and one six. Sangakkara fell shortly afterwards for 101, after flicking a delivery straight to short leg of Keogh. At tea the home side had moved on to 268 for 6, with Captain Gary Wilson and Sam Curran at the crease.

A partnership of 71 was broken when Gary Wilson steered the ball into second slips hands for 49 off Rory Kleinveldt. Sam Curran picked up his maiden first class half century, when bad light brought an end to proceedings with six overs of the days play left. The game eventually finished in a draw, which was enough to secure Surrey the Second Division Championship. Meanwhile, Jason Roy has signed a new three year contract with the club.

 

Surrey lost a thrilling Royal London Cup final at Lords on Saturday against Gloucestershire. The west country side were bowled out for 220, with Jade Dernbach taking 6 for 35, including a hat trick. Surrey narrowly missed their target after being bowled out for 214 in the final over. Surrey lost by six runs, with Kumar Sangakkara making 60.

SURREY    NEWS

                                       SURREY      NOTTINGHAMSHIRE OUTLAWS

                               Royal London One Day Cup Semi Final Monday7th September 2015

                                   Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

 

                                      SURREY 300-5 (50)   NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 296-7 (50)

An outstanding batting masterclass from Kumar Sangakkara and an excellent last over from Tom Curran ensured Surrey progressed to the final of the Royal London Cup, despite a brave effort from the visitors, including a fine century from Greg Smith.

Surrey, fresh from celebrating  promotion to Division One after victory against Derbyshire on Friday, were looking to book their place in the Royal London One Day Cup final against Gloucestershire at Lords. Surrey went into the match minus the services of James Burke,who had a back problem, and the news that Vikram Solanki had announced his retirement from first-class cricket, meanwhile the visitors welcomed back Stuart Broad into the side.

The Outlaws struck early in the third over of the day when Steve Davies was caught very low down at first slip by Riki Wessels off Harry Gurney. A partnership of 87 for the second wicket was broken when Ben Foakes played all around a straight ball and was LBW off Steve Mullaney for 42, to leave Surrey 93 for 2 in the 22nd over. Mullaney also picked up the wicket of Rory Burns (23), out slog sweeping at deep square leg. Kumar Sangakkara moved to his second century of the tournament, this one coming off 103 balls. Along with Gary Wilson, the pair added 149 for the fourth wicket before Sangakkara’s magnificent knock ended when he was dismissed for 166, which came off 138 balls including 13 fours and one six. Wilson was out to the last delivery of the innings for a fine 48 off 52 deliveries as Surrey posted a more than useful 300 for 5 in their 50 overs.

The Outlaws reply started badly when Sam Curran bowled Riki Wessels with just his second delivery, without scoring. Next ball Brendon Taylor was plumb LBW, also for a duck. The youngster- who needed permission to play in the match from his school- was on a hat trick. Gregory Smith managed to avoid the hat trick delivery, only for Jade Dernbach to leave the Outlaws in tatters at 16 for 3 in the fifth over after Michael Lumb was well taken at second slip by Davies. Notts staged a spirited fightback as Samit Patel and Smith dug in to dig the Outlaws out of a big hole by putting on a partnership of 91, before Patel holed out to long on off Ansari for 51. Notts hopes rested on Smith and Dan Christian, and the pair of them dragged the Outlaws right back into the contest. With ten overs remaining the Outlaws required 92 runs for victory. An inspired piece of captaincy from Gareth Batty claimed the big wicket of Christian, as he bought back into the attack Aneesh Kapil who had the Australian caught at backward point for 54 to leave the visitors 219-5 in the 42nd. Greg Smith reached his hundred of 117 balls, and looked the man to see the visitors home. With 27 needed off 18 balls, Smith was run out for 124 from 134 balls. Dernbach returned to bowl Chris Read for 3 to leave Notts needing 17 off eight balls. In a thrilling encounter, which was on a knife edge and had everybody on the edge of their seat, it was down to Tom Curran to bowl the final delivery with the visitors requiring 14 to win.  The equation was down to seven to win off two balls. Mullany hit the first for a couple of runs, which left the visitors five to win. The final delivery from Tom Curran was a dot ball as the home side were victorious in a very tight finish, winning the game by four runs.

 

 

                                        SURREY        DERBYSHIRE

                     LV= County Championship Division Two Day’s One and Two

                                       Tuesday 1st September 2015 and Wednesday 2nd September 2015

                             Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                      DERBYSHIRE  313            SURREY   227-5

 

The opening days play was delayed by a shade over two hours due to rain. Surrey welcomed back the returning Kumar Sangakkara to the side. Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat, when play eventually got under way in hazy sunshine at 12.40. Openers Ben Slater and Billy Godleman put on 79 for the opening wicket before Zafar Ansari bowled Godleman for 45. Ansari struck again, on the stroke of tea when he had Slater- who was dropped twice- LBW for 42 to leave the visitors 128-2. Ansari had more success in the second session of the day when he claimed the wickets of Wayne Madsen (9) and Wes Durston (6). With five overs of the day remaining Gareth Batty returned to seam in the shape of Tom Curran and immediately was rewarded when he trapped Harvey Hossain for 11. The day belonged to Chesney Hughes who finished on an unbeaten 85, with bad light finishing the day with just under three overs left, and the visitors closed the day on 209 for 5.

Surrey grabbed an early wicket in the third over of the second day when James Burke bowled night watchman Tom Milnes for 10. The new ball was duly taken in the 86th over, with the second delivery Chesney Hughes, who looked on course for a century, had a rush of blood to the head and was picked up at cover for 96 off the bowling of Tom Curran. A nagging partnership of 50 for the eighth wicket was broken when Tom Curran had Tony Palladino LBW for 31. Matt Critchley’s innings of 31 was ended when Tom Curran stuck out a hand of his own bowling to cling on to the ball, to give him his fourth wicket of the innings.  Curran struck again to dismiss Mark Footit to wrap up the Derbyshire innings, as the visitors were dismissed for 313. Curran finished with 5 for 71 and Ansari 4 for 61.

The opening bowling attack of Mark Footit and Ben Cotton produced few problems for the Surrey openers Rory Burns and Arun Harinath, until Captain Wayne Madsen turned to Tony Palladino, with his first delivery Harinath edged to second slip. Palladino claimed the wicket of Sangakkara for 10 to leave Surrey 48 for 2. An unbroken partnership of 69 between Rory Burns 69* and Ben Foakes 24* took the home side to 117 for 2 at tea.

Shortly after the tea interval, Foakes picked out short midwicket for 31 off Wes Durston. Burns, like Hughes previously looked in sight of a century before a lofted drive went straight to Critchley at mid-on for 92 to give Durston his second wicket. With spin operating at both ends, Leg Break bowler Matt Critchley removed Steve Davies for 22. Gary Wilson and Ansari saw Surrey to the close with Wilson undefeated on 36 and Ansari 21, with Surrey 227 for 5, 86 runs behind.

 

Surrey progressed to the semi-finals of the Royal London Cup  after completing a 17 run victory against Kent at the Kia Oval on the D/L method. Despite a maiden hundred from Kent's Matt Cole, and a last wicket partnership of 64, the visitors fell narrowly short of their target. Surrey made 273 in their 50 overs, with Jason Roy hitting 112 and Coles, Mitch Claydon and James Tredwell picking up three wickets apiece. The pick of the Surrey attack was Tom Curran who claimed 3 for 22 in 7. 4 overs. Surrey will now face Nottinghamshire for a place in the final. The game will be played at the Kia Oval on Monday 7th September, with a 11.30 start.

Former England fast bowler Chris Tremlett has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. Tremlett, has been badly affected by back and knee injuries in recent years, which have restricted him to only three championship appearances for Surrey this season.

Surrey secured top spot in their Royal London Cup Group, after a 12 run victory against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Tuesday. Surrey made 291 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Rory Burns making 95. The home side were bowled out for 279, with Tom Curran taking 4 for 65. The win ensured that Surrey will have a home Quarter Final next week.

Surrey suffered  a three wicket defeat against Somerset at Taunton in the Royal London Cup on Monday. Surrey were bowled out for 267, with Steve Davies making 111 off 109 balls with 13 fours. There was also half centuries from Rory Burns and Gary Wilson. The Overton brothers shared six wickets between them for the home side. Somerset reached their target with 20 balls to spare, with Jim Allenby hitting an unbeaten 53.

Surrey continued their push for promotion after inflicting a three wicket defeat to Essex at Colchester. Essex made 369 in their first innings with Nick Browne making 114 and Mark Pettini hitting 134. Zafar Ansari took 5 for 108. Surrey replied with 346, with Rory Burns making 158 and James Porter taking 4 for 96 and Monty Panaser 4 for 112. Essex declared their second innings on 289 for 9, with Tom Westley making 90 and Gareth Batty taking 5 for 102. Set 313 to win, Surrey reached their target thanks to 87 from Arun Harinath, 71 from Burns and an unbeaten 56 from Gary Wilson.

                                     SURREY           WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS

                                Royal London One-Day Cup   Tuesday 4th August 2015

                                       Peter Moore  at the Kia Oval

                                    SURREY  328-7 (50)     WORCESTERSHIRE   292 (46.4)

Surrey booked their passage into the Royal London Cup Quarter Finals, with their fifth consecutive victory in the competition. 99 from Jason Roy, and some fine bowling from youngsters Sam Curran and James Burke in front of a healthy crowd, maintained Surrey’s grip at the top of the table

 

Surrey went into this game on the back of four consecutive victories in this seasons competitions, along with top spot in the group. In contrast Worcestershire were looking for their first victory. Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. In the sixth over Surrey lost the prolific scoring Steve Davies for 13. Jason Roy moved on to a half century off 49 balls with five fours. His partner at the crease Kumar Sangakkara reached his 50 off 53 balls, and the pair added 144 for the second wicket before Sangakkara was brilliantly caught by Daryl Mitchell one handed at cover off Shantry for 76. Jason Roy missed out on a century by one run when he was brilliantly caught low down one handed by wicketkeeper Ben Cox off Joe Leach. Rory Burns made 61 before Saeed Ajmal, with his final ball of his allocated overs, got a delivery that turned sharply and Burns was stumped for 61 to leave Surrey 279 for 4 after 44 overs. Despite two needless run outs, James Burke(8) and Gary Wilson (34), Surrey finished up on a competitive total of 328 for7.

The Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore put on 43 for the first wicket, before Kohler-Cadmore got a leading edge and was caught at short extra cover off Sam Curran for 18. The hobbling Mitchell, who appeared to have a hamstring problem, with a runner, reached his 50 off 57 balls including seven fours. Despite being in some considerable discomfort, Mitchell lasted a few more deliveries until Gareth Batty got a ball to bounce and turn considerably from his fifth delivery which the Captain gloved to Wilson for 59, to leave the visitors 89 for 2 in the 17th over.  A partnership of 98 was broken by Sam Curran, who had Fell- who was dropped on 25- caught behind for 63. Seven balls later Tom Curran had Brett D’Olivera caught behind for three to leave Worcestershire 191 for 4 in the 35th over. With the run rate creeping up to almost ten an over, 19 year-old Joe Clarke was caught by Sangakkara at deep midwicket off James Burke for 54. Entering the final ten overs the visitors required 101 to win. Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox added 55 for the sixth wicket, when Whiteley hit a full toss from Burke straight down Sangakkara’s throat at long on. With 63 needed Joe Leach was bowled around his legs by Sam Curran, to give him his third wicket. Burke yorked Cox for 21 to give him his third wicket of the evening, to leave Worcestershire still 56 away from their target, but two wickets in two balls from Jade Dernbach ensured Surrey secured victory by 36 runs.

 

 

Surrey completed back to back victories in the Royal London Cup, to strengthen their position at the top of the table. On Friday Surrey travelled to the North East to face Durham, and came away with a 49 run victory. Surrey made 271 for 7 in their 50 overs with Steve Davies making 98. Durham were bowled out for 222 with Ryan Pringle top scoring with 35 and James Burke taking 3 for 34. 48 hours later Surrey beat Derbyshire by 77 runs at Guildford. Surrey made 326 for 6 in their 50 overs, with Steve Davies continuing his fine one day form, hitting 115 and Kumar Sangakkara 109. Derbyshire were bowled out for 249 with Wes Durston making 129 and James Burke continuing his fine form with the ball, taking 5 for 28.

                                      SURREY          YORKSHIRE

                              Royal London One-Day Cup  Wednesday 29th July 2015

                                  Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                     SURREY  265-8 (50)   YORKSHIRE  259-7 (50)

                                                  Surrey won by six runs

An unchanged Surrey went into today’s game, buoyed after a convincing victory in this competition on Monday against Northamptonshire. The home side won the toss and elected to bat. Steven Patterson bagged the wickets of Steve Davies for 39 and Jason Roy for 15, to leave the home side 59 for 2 in the 10th over. 19 year-old slow left armer Karl Carver- making his List A debut- had Gary Wilson caught at mid-off for 10. Sangakkara became Carver’s next victim when he top edged a sweep to Andrew Gale to leave Surrey at thSteve Davikee half way point on 107 for 4. On a pitch that was taking some spin, Glenn Maxwell had Ben Foakes caught at short midwicket for 44. Six deliveries later James Burke went caught and bowled off Mathew Fisher for a single. Maxwell nabbed his second wicket when he had Gareth Batty caught by Liam Plunkett at short midwicket for 12 as Surrey struggled to post a defendable score. In the 46th over Maxell was hit for 22, thanks to 14 from Tom Curran. A patient innings of 66 not out from Zafar Ansari, and a superb assault on the Yorkshire bowlers from Curran, who smashed 44 from just 25 balls, enabled the home side to set a defendable score of 265 for 8, thanks to 43 runs coming from the last four overs.

Yorkshire’s reply started off badly after the impressive Sam Curran trapped Captain Andrew Gale LBW for 3 in the second over. Alex Lees (28) went to a good catch by Roy, above his head at cover off Ansari to leave the Tykes on 74 for 2 in the 15th over. Australian Maxwell, who was looking very good at the crease, made 55 before he tried to cut a ball from Ansari and was caught behind. Gary Ballance, who was dropped from England’s test team, had a life when on three when Roy put down a chance at slip. Ballance and Jack Leaning added 65 for the fourth wicket before Leaning was caught off Batty for 29, to leave the Tykes 175 for 4 in the 37th over, needing a further 91 to win. With ten overs remaining Yorkshire required 74 runs to win. Andrew Hood was caught by Batty at mid-off for 25 with the score on 216 for 5. Yorkshire got the equation down to 44 off 30 balls. With the visitors needing 22 off 16 balls Balance swept Ansari straight down Deep Square legs throat for 77. Jade Dernbach returned to bowl the penultimate over and had Tim Bresnan caught in the deep by Roy for 16 with the Tykes still needing 17 runs to win.  A thrilling finish was in prospect for a very healthy crowd as Yorkshire wanted 14 to win off the final over bowled by Tom Curran. Six runs came of the first four balls. A leg bye came from the penultimate ball, with a six needed to win, Liam Plunkett failed to connect, and Surrey had claimed their second victory in this years competition, by six runs.

 

 

                            SURREY                    NORTHAMPTONSHIRE  STEELBACKS

                      Royal London One Day Cup   Monday 27th July 2015

                            Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                              SURREY  343-5 (50)           NORTHAMPTONSHIRE  123 (24)

A century from Jason Roy and an excellent spell of bowling from Sam Curran and James Burke ensured Surrey completed a comprehensive victory against a woeful Northamptonshire side.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. The opening partnership of Jason Roy and Steve Davies both reached their half centuries. Roy’s- who was dropped on 23- coming off 37 balls with nine fours and one six and Davies-  who reached his 50 with a six over deep square leg- with a run a ball half century, including six fours and one six. Roy, had another life when he was put down on the boundary by Giles White when on 87. Northants were left to rue the two chances dropped as Roy moved on to a century, with a cut past backward point. He reached three figures, which came off 74 balls with 14 fours and one six.  The opening pair put on the highest partnership for Surrey vs Northants in List A games of 195- beating the previous best of 152- before Roy chipped the ball to midwicket off Josh Cobb for 108. A partnership of 56 for the second wicket was broken when Azharullah bowled Kumar Sangakkara for 37. Azharullah picked up the wicket of Davies for 99, to leave Surrey 258 for 3 in the 37th over.

Some tight spin bowling reduced the flow of runs, with Graeme White picking up the wickets of Ben Foakes(7) and Gary Wilson (19). Useful late runs from Zafar Ansari 27* and James Burke 26* ensured Surrey posted 343 for 5 in their allocated 50 overs.

Northamptonshire’s pursuit of 344 to win began in the worst possible start when Richard Levi was bowled first ball by Jade Dernbach. 0 for 1 soon became 6 for 2 when Josh Cobb edged behind off Dernbach for a single. The visitors were in disarray, when Sam Curran claimed the wicket of Alex Wakely for 1 to leave Northants reeling at 11 for 3. 17 year old Curran then grabbed the wickets of Andy Rossington (6) and David Willey (0) in the space of four deliveries. Rob Keogh played on for 16 off James Burke, as the wickets kept on falling. Burke then trapped Steven Crook LBW for 6 as Northants collapsed to 61 for 8. Only Ben Duckett with 56, showed any resistance as the visitors were dismissed for a very disappointing 123, as Surrey completed their first victory in this seasons competition by 220 runs.

 

 

 

              

Surrey's late charge for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast suffered a setback as they fell to a 43 run defeat against Middlesex at a sold out Lords on Thursday. In front of 28,000 people, Middlesex made 185 for 5 in their 20 overs with John Simpson making 53. Surrey were always in trouble to reach their target, despite 32 from Kumar Sangakkara, the visitors fell short, eventually ending on 142 for 9.

                                                SURREY           SOMERSET

                                           NatWest T20 Blast  Friday 17th July 2015

                                            Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                               SURREY   208-1 (20)        SOMERSET 170-7 (20)

An outstanding century from Jason Roy, along with some excellent fielding ensured Surrey completed a comfortable victory against Somerset, to keep themselves in contention for a quarter final place of the NatWest T20 Blast competition.

With the visitors coming into this game on the back of three successive defeats and Surrey looking to bounce back after the defeat against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl, Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Jason Roy and Kumar Sangakkara put on 84 for the first wicket before Sangakkara was stumped off leg break bowler Max Waller’s sixth delivery for 31. Roy, who was put down at long on when on 18, brought up his half century off 32 balls. Roy went on to record his best ever T20 score of 122 not outá, he brought up his century off 56 balls including eight fours and three sixes. He was ably assisted by Rory Burns( 46), who was dropped by Overton on 23,  in an unbroken  partnership of 124 for the second wicket, as Surrey posted 208 for 1. Roy’s outstanding knock came off only 65 balls, and was also the highest score by an Englishman in this seasons T20 Bash competition.

Somerset were in trouble as early as the second delivery when Johann Myburgh was run out without scoring. Jim Allenby followed shortly afterwards when Zafar Ansari parried the ball, and managed to hold on to it at cover off the returning Jade Dernbach, to leave Somerset 18 for 2 in the third over. Peter Trego made a brisk 26, before he was caught by Mahmood in Sam Curran’s first over, as the West Country side slumped to 37 for 3. James Hildreth and Tom Cooper added 57 for the fourth wicket, when Cooper top edged a delivery from Gareth Batty, Ansari, running in from the boundary edge fully 40 yards out, managed to hold onto the ball low down, to take a sensational catch. Despite 51 from James Hildreth, the visitors were always struggling to reach their target, falling 38 runs short.

Surrey maintained their promotion push in the County Champioinship, after completing a six wicket victory against Kent at the Kia Oval. Kent made 336 in their first innings with Sam Billings falling one short of a century. Sam Curran, became the second youngest player to make his first class debut for Surrey, and took a wicket with his fourth ball. Curran, also took 5 for 101. Surrey responded with 311, with Kumar Sangakkara making 110 and Arun Harinath hitting 76. Kent were shot out for just 99 in their second innings, with spinner Jonathan Batty taking 4 for12 and Sam Curran 3 for 19. Requiring a modest 125 for victory, Surrey eased to their target thanks to an undefeated 57 from Ben Foakes.

Surrey suffered a 29 run defeat against Hampshire in the NatWest Blast T20 at the Ageas Bowl on Friday.  Hampshire made 186 for 5 in their 20 overs, with Adam Wheater hitting 78. Surrey fell short of their target despite 34 apiece from Vikram Solanki and Azhaar Mahmood.

Surrey moved into a challenging position in the NatWest T20 Blast competeition after making it three wins in a row after beating Middlesex by eight wickets at the Kia Oval on Friday. Middlesex could muster only 105 for 9 in their 20 overs with Dawid Malan making 40, with Zafar Ansari picking up 3 for 17. Surrey cruised to their target with 32 balls to spare, thanks to an unbroken third wicket parthership of 69 between Kumar Sangakkara and Gary Wilson.

 

                           SURREY          GLOUCESTERSHIRE

                     NatWest T20 Blast  Wednesday 1st July 2015

                          Peter Moore  at the Kia Oval

                         GlOUCESTERSHIRE      154-5 (20)              SURREY   155-6 (20)

Azhar Mahmood hit the last ball of the match for a six to ensure Surrey recorded their third win in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast competition on a very warm evening in London.

 

On the hottest day of the year, and another sell out at the Kia Oval, Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.  In a game which both sides desperately needed to win, Surrey drew first blood by removing the prolific Michael Klinger for two off Matt Dunn’s second delivery. Klinger lofted the ball straight to Gareth Batty at mid off to leave the visitors 8 for 1 in the second over. Dunn grabbed his second victim of the night when Ian Cockbain tried to pull a short delivery and played on for 31. Gloucestershire then lost two wickets in the space of six balls, Marshall (32) and Howell (1) to the spin of Batty and Ansari. Gloucestershire were rescued by a partnership of 62 for the sixth wicket before Peter Hanscombe was caught in the deep for 39 off Tom Curran to leave the visitors on 139-5 in the 18th over. The visitors eventually made 154 for 5 in their 20 iovers with Geriant Jones making an undefeated 37.

In pursuit of 155 to win Surrey’s opening pair of Jason Roy and Tom Curran put on 34 for the first wicket, before a mix up with the pair saw Curran run out for 10. Roy made 33 off just 17 balls before he was stumped off Tom Smith to leave Surrey 56 for 2 in the seventh over. Gary Wilson picked out Craig Miles on the backward square leg boundary off Benny Howell,s second ball as Surrey required 93 to win with 11 overs remaining. A partnership of 53 was ended when Ben Foakes was caught at long on off Jack Taylor for 27. Kumar Sangakkara made 34 before he perished, caught in the deep off Tom Smith to leave Surrey 124-5, requiring 31 to win with 19 balls remaining. Azhar Mahmood came to the middle and quickly added 14 runs of just seven deliveries. Surrey required nine runs to win of the final over bowled by Craig Miles. Ansari top edged to Liam Norwell with six needed off three balls. The next two deliveries were dot balls. Surrey needed a six to win off the final delivery. Azhar Mahmood had a swing as the ball sailed over the deep square leg boundary for six. Mahmood finished undefeated on 22. Gloucestershire can feel that they let the game slip away from them, not helped by bowling eight wides and two no balls. For Surrey it was their third win in the competition, and will put them in good heart for Fridays local derby against Middlesex, at another sold out Kia Oval.

Surrey completed a comprehensive innings and 180 runs victory against Gloucestershire inside three days at the Kia Oval. Surrey made 448 in their first innings with Ben Foakes making 118 and Dean Elgar narrowly missing out on his century by two runs. For the visitors Liam Norwell took 5-112. Gloucetsershire were shot out for 113 with Tom Curran taking 7-20. Following on the visitors were dismissed for 155, with Zafar Ansari picking up 6-30.

Surrey registered just their second victory in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast competition, after recording a 19 run victory against Glamorgan at Cardiff on Friday. Surrey made 146 for 8 in their 20 overs, with Jason Roy making 61 and Dean Cosker claiming 4-25. Glamorgan fell short of their target after being bowled out for 127, with Azhar Mahmood taking 3-14 and Samual Curran picking up 3-17.

Surrey completed a 222 run victory in the County Championship against Derbyshire at Derby on Tuesday. Surrey made 239 in their first innings with Gary Wilson making 65. The hosts were bowled out for 207, with Hammish Rutherford top scoring with 59. Luke Fletcher- on loan from Notts- claimed 4-58. Surrey were bowled out for 315 in their second innings with James Burke hitting 73. Left 347 to win, Derbyshire were bowled out for 125, with Gareth Batty picking up 4-32.

Surrey suffered a 54 run defeat at the hands of Kent in the NatWest T20 Blast competition at the Oval on Friday. The visitors made 231-7 in their 20 overs with Darren Stevens making 90. Surrey were bowled out for 177, with Gary Wilson hitting 55 and Stevens picking up 4-39. Meanwhile Surrey have signed South African Test Opening Batsman Dean Elgar as the clubs overseas player until July 1st.

 

                                              SURREY            GLAMORGAN

                                     LV= County Championship Division 2  Day 4 Thursday 18th June 2015

                                           SURREY 406      GLAMORGAN  437   Glamorgan won by 7 wickets

                                                            277                                247-3 

                                                       

                                            Peter Moore at Guildford

Glamorgan made it three consecutive victories in the championship, after completing a comfortable seven wicket victory against Surrey. 

 

Surrey resumed on the final day with an overall lead of 245. Graham Wagg claimed the final two wickets to fall in successive deliveries, by bowling Vikram Solanki  for 33 and Stuart Meaker. Glamorgan were left 247 to secure a victory which would move them 12 points behind second place Surrey.

Openers Jacques Rudolph and Will Bragg put on 77 for the first wicket before Rudolph was caught by Arun Harinath at mid-on off Gareth Batty for 40. Ben Wright joined Bragg in the middle and the pair at lunch had taken Glamorgan to 118-1, requiring a further 127 runs for victory.

Bragg and Wright added 128 for the second wicket when Wright was run out for 68 with the visitors needing a further 42 to win. With only 17 needed for victory, Bragg edged Kapil behind for 83, but Chris Cooke and Colin Ingram saw Glamorgan over the line ,with almost a session to spare as Surrey’s dismal record in Championship Cricket continued at Woodbridge Road. The last time Surrey won a Championship game at Guildford was back in 2002.

 

 

                                          

 

                                     SURREY    vs   GLAMORGAN

                                  LV= County Championship Division Two Day One Monday 15th June 2015

                                             Peter Moore at Guildford

                                           SURREY  289-6

Despite a century from Arun Harinath, it was the visitors who enjoyed a productive final session of the day, claiming six wickets as they clawed their way back into the game.

 

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Surrey openers Arun Harinath and Zafar Ansari took the score to 92-0 at lunch. Harinath was undefeated on 55, with his half century coming off 82 balls and including eight fours.

On a typical Woodbridge Road flat pitch, the openers continued to look untroubled. Ansari progressed to his 50, which came off 130 balls with six fours. Harinath, playing in his first game for the first team this season, moved to his fourth first class century of his career with his 13th boundary. His century took 157 balls, as Surrey moved on to 180-0.  By tea, Glamorgan still couldn’t separate the opening partnership of Harinath and Ansari, with Surrey in a commanding position of 199-0.

Shortly after tea Glamorgan claimed their first wicket of the day when Harinath was caught by Andrew Salter off Michael Hogan for 120 to leave Surrey 208-1. Dominic Sibley made 21 before he edged to Rudolph at second slip off the bowling of David Lloyd. The visitors claimed their third scalp of the evening session when Ben Foakes went for a wild swish and was caught behind to give Lloyd another wicket. The visitors were right back in the game when Surrey lost their third wicket in the space of just three runs when Solanki was caught behind for one off Meschede.

With the new ball taken, Graham Wagg trapped Aneesh Kapel for 21, before having Stuart Meaker LBW without scoring to the last ball of the day. At the close, Ansari was undefeated on 91, having batted throughout the day.

                                            SURREY       LEICESTERSHIRE

                       LV=County Championship Division Two   Day Two

                  Monday 11th May 2015   Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                       LEICESTERSHIRE  292                SURREY   528-9

Kevin Pietersen sent out a message to England’s soon to be appointed ECB Director Andrew Strauss, with a quiet breath-taking unbeaten 326. Pietersen was in quiet scintillating form as he made Leicestershire pay for dropping him six times.

 

On a Monday morning in South East London, with hazy sun greeting the players, both Kumar Sangakkara and Kevin Pietersen strode out to the middle with Surrey resuming on 105-3. Sangakkara became an early casualty as he edged Clint McKay to second slip for the addition of just a further run to his overnight score, with the ninth delivery of the morning. Steve Davies went shortly afterwards, edging Ben Raine to second slip to leave the hosts 119-4. Surrey lost their third wicket of the morning session when Jason Roy (27) was caught behind, chasing a wide delivery off Charlie Shreck. Surrey’s hopes of a reasonable first innings total was reliant on Pietersen, who moved on to his 50th first class century on the stroke of lunch. His 100 coming with a late cut down to third man. He reached his century off 154 balls, which included 12 fours and 2 sixes. His innings was holding Surrey together, and at lunch the home side had reached 222-5 with KP on 101.

Jigar Naik took the wickets of Gary Wilson(18) and Gareth Batty(15) in the afternoon session, before Pietersen brought up his 150 with a single through the covers. Tom Curran(18) was caught behind after chasing a wide delivery from McKay. The tail hung around long enough to enable Pietersen to post a double century, which came off 276 balls including 26 fours and two sixes. Pietersen received excellent support from Chris Tremlett, with the pair adding 101 for the ninth wicket, before Tremlett was bowled by McKay for 30. Pietersen beat up his highest score for Surrey of 234 not out by smashing a six of Raine. The bowler received further punishment in the over as Pietersen hit 16 off it as he approached his 250. There was still time for Pietersen to beat his previous highest first class score of 254 not out for Nottinghamshire against Middlesex at Trent Bridge in 2002. He bought up a career best with a four past point off McKay. Pietersen was in determined mood to get to another milestone of 300, which he brought up with his eleventh sixth.

Matt Dunn helped Pietersen  add  110 runs  for the final wicket, as Surrey closed on 528 for 9 with Pietersen undefeated on 326.

                                     SURREY          ESSEX

                             LV= County Championship Division 2   Day 2

                                   Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                  SURREY       340             ESSEX   266-2

A career best 143 from opener Nick Browne ensured Essex ended the second day at the Kia Oval  in a very strong position against Surrey.

 

Resuming on their overnight total of 293-5, Surrey lost their first wicket of the day inside the seventh over when Steve Davies chipped to cover off the bowling of David Masters for 81 to leave the hosts on 311-6. Surrey then lost their last four wickets off just 13 balls for 0 runs. Graham Napier, bowling from the Vauxhall End trapped Gary Wilson for 46, had Tom Curran caught by Jesse Ryder at slip for a duck and Matt Dunn yorked by an in swinger, also for a duck. In between the clattering of wickets Monty Panesar had Batty caught at short leg. Surrey were eventually bowled out for 340, with Jesse Ryder and Napier taking three wickets a piece.

The Essex opening partnership of Nick Browne and Jaik Mickleburgh safely negotiated the 11 overs before lunch, to leave the visitors 29-0.  The openers continued to feast on some loose Surrey bowling in the afternoon session with Browne bringing his fifty up off 88 balls, and included 11 fours. Mickleburgh also brought up his half century, coming off 82 balls with 10 fours. With tea approaching, the opening partnership of 155 was finally broken when Batty had Mickleburgh LBW attempting a sweep shot for 61. Essex added a further seven runs to their total, and at tea were in a strong position at 162-1 with Browne 85 not out.

The 24 year old Browne brought up his fourth first class century with a nudge down to third man off Dernbach. His 100 came off 190 balls with 18 fours. Brown moved on to a career best score, beating his previous best of 132 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. With three overs of the days play remaining, Matt Dunn grabbed the wicket of Browne for 143, as he was caught behind trying to run the ball down to third man. Essex closed  the day in a very healthy position of 266 for 2, with Daniel Lawrence 48 not out.

 

Surrey started their County Championship campaign with a high scoring draw against Glamorgan at Cardiff. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. Surrey declared their first innings on 563-7, with Championship debutant Kumar Sangakkara hitting 149 and Steve Davies an unbeaten double century. The home side were bowled out for 419, with Craig Meschede hitting an undefeated century. Surrey delared their second innings on 207-4 with Kevin Pietersen making 53 not out. Glamorgan had reached 116-0 when both Captains agreed on a draw.

 

Surrey have signed Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for their T20 Blast campaign. The 28 year old will join the county once he completes his commitments in the IPL..

Surrey have announced that Kevin Pietersen has signed for the club for the forthcoming season. KP will be available for the opening game of the season against Glamorgan. He will also be donating his salary to the Kevin Pietersen Foundation.

Gareth Batty has been appointed the new Captain of Surrey.

Surrey have confirmed the signing of Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Sangakkara 37, will be available for a significant portion of the campaign. With the exact amount of time to be announced shortly.

Surrey will commence their County Championship Division Two campaign, with a  trip to Wales to face Glamorgan starting on Sunday 19th April.  A week later, Surrey welcome Essex to the Kia Oval for a championship match. In May, Surrey visit Beckenham for a four day championship match against Kent, starting on the 24th and a NatWest T20 Blast match on the 29th. On Monday 15th June Surrey will face Glamorgan at Guildford in the Championship. Derbyshire will be visiting Guildford on Sunday 2nd August for a Royal London One-Day Cup game. Surrey will end their season with a home championship match against Northamptonshire, starting on Tuesday 22nd September.

For a complete list of the fixtures, check out the official Surrey CCC website

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Steve Davies has signed a new contract with the club. Davies, has committed his future to the county until at least the end of the 2016 season.

                                           SURREY    vs    DERBYSHIRE

      LV= County Championship Division Two  Day 1 Monday 15th September 2014

                                               Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                        Surrey   181          Derbyshire   164-5  

Young wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein had a Championship debut to remember, after claiming seven assists behind the stumps as Surrey were dismissed for 181.

 

Derbyshire won the toss, and not surprisingly inserted the home side in to bat, on a morning of hazy sunshine, and a 10:30 start. The opening pair of Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari had put 47 on the board when Ansari was caught behind by 18 year old Harvey Hosein- on his Championship debut- for 22 off the bowling of Wayne White. Shortly before lunch Ansari had reached 24 when White had him caught behind to leave Surrey on 63-2 and the impressive figures of 7-2-10-2.

During the lunch interval, Zafar Ansari, Rory Burns and Jason Roy were all awarded their county caps.  Surrey lost their third wicket in the third over after lunch when Steve Davies slapped the ball straight to backward point off Mark Footit. The lively Footit then produced some extra bounce with a lifting delivery that Vikram Solanki fended off to Hosein behind the stumps. Hosein was having a Championship debut to remember as he made it four assists when he caught Jason Roy pushing forward for 14 off Footit, as Surrey’s afternoon slump continued to leave them in a perilous position on 99-5. Footit’s afternoon just got better when he had Arun Harinath LBW for 4, to claim his 70th Championship wicket of the season, his 71st happened next ball when Batty was brilliantly caught behind by Hosein diving to his left to leave Surrey in tatters at 109-7.  Footitt claimed his sixth scalp of the day when Meaker was caught behind for a duck. Wayne White returned and bowled Dernbach as Surrey were on the ropes at 130-9. Despite a fine Captains innings of 70 from Gary Wilson, Surrey were bowled out for 181 with Mark Footitt taking 6-69 and wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein taking seven catches on his Championship debut.

Derbyshire’s openers Ben Slater and Billy Godleman put on 62 for the first wicket when Stuart Meaker made the breakthrough, having Godleman caught by Steve Davies at the second attempt for 28. Tim Linley trapped fellow opener Ben Slater for 34 to a ball that kept low. Pujara shouldered arms to a delivery from Linley to leave the visitors on 99-3. Linley grabbed his third wicket of the innings when Wes Durston steered the ball into the hands of Burns at second slip. Surrey to their credit, kept plugging away and claimed the wickets of Durston caught by Burns at second slip off Linley and Hughes, very well taken by Davies at third slip off the bowling of Meaker. When bad light brought an end to the day’s proceedings with two overs remaining, Derbyshire had reached 164-5 with Wayne Madsen on 48 and Hosein 4.

 

Surrey's bid to reach the final of the Natwest T20 Blast, was ended by the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Birmingham made 194-4 in their 20 overs, with William Porterfield hitting an unbeaten 81 off 47 balls. Surrey fell short of their target, making 178 for 7 with Jason Roy making 58. Birmingham secured their place in the final by beating Surrey by 16 runs.

                                                      SURREY     vs SOMERSET

                                  Royal London One-Day Cup Group Match    Wednesday 20th August 2014

                                               Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                       Surrey     284-9 (50)                     Somerset  267 (44.1)

                                                    Surrey won by seven runs on the D/L method

Somerset lost their third straight game in this season’s competition, and in so doing failed to qualify for the Quarter-Finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

 

Somerset won the toss and put the home side in to bat.  Surrey lost Jason Roy to the 11th delivery, when he was trapped LBW by Lewis Gregory for 10. Vikram Solanki and Steve Davies added 45 for the second wicket, before Solanki had his leg stump removed out of the ground from Peter Trego’s third delivery. Steve Davies moved on to a 48 ball half century, but shortly afterwards was trapped LBW by the off spin of Jack Leach. Leach removed Burns for 40, but an entertaining partnership of 74 between Gary Wilson- on the day he was awarded his county cap- and 21 year old Aneesh Kapil, took the score to 215 when Wilson was run out for 45, going for a tight second run. Kapil, who has previously played for Worcestershire and represented England U19’s, went on to record his highest score for Surrey 59, before lobbing the ball tamely to cover. Surrey ended their 50 overs on 284 for 9.

Marcus Trescothick was in scintillating form, reaching his 50 off just 31 balls including six fours and three six’s. Trescothick smashed 17 off one Time Linley over, and hit George Edwards for 16 off five balls in another over. Between them Trescothick and Nick Compton added 84 for the first wicket, when Surrey made their first breakthrough when Robin Peterson had Compton LBW for 22. Five runs later Peter Trego was dismissed for five by Jade Dernbach. Trescothick was looking in ominous form, when on 80 he was LBW to Zafar Ansari. Shortly afterwards another LBW dismissal appeared in the book when Johannes Myburgh became the fourth batsman to be given out in this way. With Somerset on 146-4 in the 25th over, the floodlights failed with the umpires taking the players of the field.  After a short delay- due to a power surge in South London- play resumed with a revised target of 275 off 46 overs for Somerset. Ansari picked up his third wicket when James Hildreth was caught for 53. Peterson removed Barrow for 12. Linley then claimed the scalps of Overton for 6 and Groenewald for 8 to leave the visitors 222-8, needing a further 53 off 13 overs. A valiant effort from Lewis Gregory of 23 came to an end when he became the fifth LBW of the innings. With the last pair of Leach and Thomas at the crease, the pair added 34 for the final wicket, before Leach was run out for 18, with Somerset falling eight runs short, as Surrey won with 11 balls remaining, to record their first victory in this seasons Royal London Cup competition.

 

Surrey's latest County Championship match against Leicestershire ended in a draw at Grace Road.

Surrey made 480 in their first innings with Steve Davies making 174 and Vikram Solanki 93. Leicestershire were bowled out for 373, with Nial O'Brien making an unbeaten 89. Surrey declared their second innings on 279-5, with Rory Burns hitting 102. Set 387 to win the home side had reached 232-6 when both sides settled on a draw.

Surrey suffered a 111 runs defeat  on D/L at the hands of Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Tuesday, in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup group match. Warwickshire made 218 for 3 in a match reduced to 33 overs due to rain. Varun Chopra hit an unbeaten 92. Surrey were bowled out for 153, with Dilshan top scoring with 58. Jeetan Patel took 4-30 for the Bears.

 

Surrey are still looking to open their winning account in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup, after suffering a 36 run defeat at the hands of Sussex at the Kia Oval on Wednesday.

Sussex on winning the toss, posted 289 for 8 in their 50 overs with half centuries from Luke Wright, Ed Joyce and Craig Cachapo. Surrey finished short of their target, with Dilshan top scoring with 85.

                                                        SURREY      vs      KENT

                                              Royal London One-Day Cup   Tuesday 5th August 2014

                                                       Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                             Kent  314-8 (50)     Surrey 314-9 (50)

                                                                        Match Tied

Requiring 16 for victory off the final over, Zafar Ansari hit Mitch Claydon for 14 runs of the first three deliveries, to give Surrey a scent of their first victory in this year’s competition, only for Kent to fight back and restrict Surrey needing one to win of the final ball. Gareth Batty was run out of the final delivery to end Kent’s 100 per cent record in the competition, and earn Surrey their first point.

The Spitfires won the toss and elected to bat first. Kent lost their first wicket when Daniel Bell-Drummond was caught behind off Azhar Mahmood for 18. Gareth Batty was brought into the attack in the ninth over and immediately struck dividends with his fourth delivery when he trapped Brendan Nash LBW for six to leave Kent 51 for 2.

A partnership of 92 for the third wicket was broken by Chris Tremlett who had Sam Northeast pulling a delivery straight to mid-on for 63. Darren Stevens fell to a loose shot off Meaker for six to leave the visitors on 167 for 4. Fabian Cowdrey’s fine knock of 75 was ended when he drove loosely at a wide delivery from Tremlett with Kent 219 for 5 in the 40th over.

The immensely talented 23 year old Sam Billings raced to a fine half century, coming off just 29 balls. The youngster was set for a century when he holed out to Stuart Meaker at fine leg for 87, which came off only 42 balls including six fours and six sixes. Tremlett then claimed his fourth wicket of the innings by having Callum Haggett caught for nine. Tremlett finished up the pick of the Surrey attack, with fine figures of 10-0-38-4, as Kent posted a very formidable 314 for 8 in their allocated 50 overs.

The Surrey reply got off to a disastrous start when Dilshan was caught behind, without scoring off Dougie Bolinger to the sixth ball of the innings. Despite this bad start Vikram Solanki and Steve Davies pulled Surrey around with a partnership of 89, before Davies lofted the ball to Haggett off Cowdrey’s third delivery for 58. Solanki- despite being in some considerable pain after appearing to be in trouble with a calf problem- carried on with his innings until he picked out Bollinger at mid-off for 83, to leave Surrey 176 for 3.

Rory Burns had made 43, before he was run out- for the third consecutive time- going for a second run to leave the home side 207 for 4 in the 36th over. Gary Wilson made 29 before he was caught of a top edge to leave Surrey needing 85 to win off a shade over 10 overs. Chris Tremlett, after hitting a few big blows, was bowled by Mitch Claydon for 12, with Surrey requiring 76 to win off 10 overs.

Some very tidy and economical bowling from James Treadwell and Cowdrey restricted Surrey to singles. Harinath was very well taken by a diving Cowdrey at long off to leave the home side needing 65 to win with just six and a half overs to go. Bollinger was brought back into the attack and Mahmood took a liking to the Australian’s bowling, smashing him for 14 off four balls. Mahmood is the man to send in with a game appearing to be lost, and with his big hitting he hit 38 off 28 balls, before Tredwell bowled him with his final delivery, to leave Surrey needing 21 off 12 balls. With the home side requiring 16 for victory off the final over bowled by Claydon, Ansari hit the first ball for six over deep midwicket, took two off the next, they hoisted Claydon for a six over his head to leave Surrey needing just two runs off three balls. With one run needed for victory and Batty on strike, the ball was hit cleanly, only for Tredwell to run Batty out, as the match ended in a tie.

 

 

 

 

Surrey secured their passage into the NatWest Blast T20 Finals day, with a three wicket victory against Worcestershire with 21 balls remaining at the Kia Oval on Saturday.

Worcestershire made 191 for 9 in their 20 overs with Richard Oliver making 34. In reply Jason Roy smashed 52 off just 23 balls to get Surrey off to the perfect start, but Surrey kept losing wickets steadily but eventually reached their target thanks to an unbeaten 24 from Robin Peterson.

Surrey will face the Birmingham Bears in the semi-final at Edgbaston on Saturday 23rd August.

                                              MIDDLESEX   vs   SURREY

                                Royal London One-Day Cup   Thursday 31st July 2014

                                     Peter Moore at Lords

                            Surrey 286-6 (50)            Middlesex  292-4 ( 44.5)

                                      Middlesex won by six wickets

A wonderful century from Eoin Morgan secured Middlesex’s first victory in this seasons Royal London Cup.

Morgan smashed 128 off 86 balls in a partnership of 166 along with Neil Dexter to see the hosts over the line.

Both sides went into this match looking to record their first victory in this seasons competition.

The visitors elected to bat first after winning the toss. Surrey lost opener Steve Davies (13) in the sixth over, caught at first slip off the bowling of Tim Murtagh. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Vikram Solanki posted a record 2nd wicket partnership for Surrey vs Middlesex of 119- beating the previous best of 116 I. Ward (91) & N. Shahid (58) at Guildford in 1998, before Dawid Malan trapped Solanki LBW (59).

Dilshan reached his hundred with what is best described as a Dils Scoop come flap shot. His first 100 for Surrey came off 119 deliveries and included 8 fours. The Sri Lankan’s fine knock was ended with three overs to go, when he was caught behind off Finn for 115, which was made off 127 balls with 11 fours. He received solid support from Azhar Mahmood, who made a quick half century off 31 balls. The 39 year-old Mahmmod, who is having a good season in one day cricket for Surrey, was eventually caught in the deep off Finn for 52. Surrey ended up on 286-6 in their 50 overs, which left Middlesex needing almost five and a half runs an over to record their first victory in this seasons Royal London Cup competition.

Middlesex got off to a good reply with openers Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan scoring 38 runs of the opening five overs. George Edwards was proving to be very expensive for the visitors, with his opening three overs going for 30. Middlesex lost their first wicket when Malan was caught at cover off Stuart Meaker for 18. Surrey then got the important wicket of Rogers, who was out to a top edge sweep off Dilshan for 42 to leave the home side 88-2.  Six balls later a mix up between Eoin Morgan and Nick Gubbins saw Gubbins run out for 20.

Middlesex were in some trouble at 126-4, but thanks to an unbroken partnership of 166 between Eoin Morgan 128  made off 86 balls and Neil Dexter 47 saw Middlesex home to a welcome victory, with 31 balls to spare.

 

 

 

Surrey completed their NatWest T20 Blast group matches with a 21 run defeat at the hands of Kent at Canterbury.

Kent made 175-7 in their 20 overs with Darren Stevens making 67. Surrey fell short of their target, despite 46 from Dilshan. Despite this set back Surrey have qualified for the NatWest T20 Blast Quarter-Finals where they have been handed a home tie against Worcestershire at the Kia Oval on Saturday 2nd August, with a 2.30 PM start time.

Meanwhile Surrey suffered a three wicket defeat at the hands of Glamorgan at Guildford in the Royal London One Day Cup group match. Surrey made 307 for 8 in their 50 overs with Rory Burns top scoring with 87. Glamorgan reached their total with 15 balls to spare, thanks to 88 from Will Bragg. Stuart Meaker claimed 4-78 for Surrey.

A scampered single by Zafar Ansari of the last ball, ensured Surrey a thrilling 2 wicket victory at a sold out Lords on Thursday against Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Middlesex on winning the toss elected to bat first and made 137 for 8 in their 20 overs with Eoin Morgan making 43 and Stuart Meaker taking 4-30. Surrey reached their target needing one run to win of the final ball.

 

 

                                 SURREY                KENT

                      LV=County Championship Division 2   Day 2    Monday 21st July 2014

                                       Peter Moore at Guildford

                                 Kent 408             Surrey  303-6

Surrey recovered from 105-5 to close the day 105 runs behind Kent, thanks to a century partnership between Jason Roy and Gary Wilson for the sixth wicket.

Kent resumed the day on 351-7. Surrey had to wait for almost an hour to make a breakthrough, eventually Gareth Batty had Mitch Claydon caught by Matt Dunn on the boundary for 35.

Stuart Meaker polished of the Kent innings by removing Charlie Hartley (0) and Alex Riley, comprehensively bowled in successive deliveries. Surrey had reached 31-2 by lunch with Ansari (5) and Rory Burns (8) out to the bowling of Darren Stevens.

By tea Surrey were in some trouble at 159-5, with Callum Haggett trapping Dilshan LBW (44), Vikram Solanki (25) falling to a stunning catch by Alex Riley at slip and Steve Davies run out for 33.

Surrey were rescued by a partnership of 121 for the sixth wicket, before Roy was trapped LBW off Hartley for a fine 84. The home side dominated the remaining part of the session, with Wilson unbeaten on 80 and Gareth Batty 24, as Surrey closed on 303-6.

The home side were eventually bowled out for 398, with Gary Wilson making 84 and Darren Stevens picking up 4-110. Kent, in their second innings were bowled out for 292, with half-centuries from Rob Key, Brendan Nash and Sam Billings. Stuart Meaker taking a superb 7 for 90. Set 303 to win, Surrey were bowled out for 213, with Dilshan making 68 and Stevens 5 for 68 as Kent won by 89 runs.

Surrey secured a quarter final berth in this seasons NatWest Blast T20 competition, after recording a five run victory against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham on Friday afternoon.

Gloucestershire on winning the toss inserted the visitors. Surrey made 157 for 8 in their 20 overs, with Dilshan top scoring with 36. Gloucestershire fell short of their target despite 45 from Michael Klinger. Zafar Ansari and Matt Dunn both picked up three wickets apiece.

                                                        SURREY                       SOMERSET 

                                                    Somerset    136-9 (20)    Surrey 137-7 (19.1)

                                                                  Surrey won by three wickets

                                          NatWest T20 Blast  Wednesday 16th July 2014

                                              Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

Surrey held their nerve to move up to second place in the NatWest T20 Blast, after a three wicket victory against Somerset.

 

Surrey won the toss and put Somerset in to bat in front of a sold out Kia Oval. Surrey thought they had the wicket of Marcus Trescothick when Steve Davies looked to have taken a fine low tumbling catch at midwicket, with both umpires unsure whether it had carried, they asked for the help of the third umpire Steve Garratt, who ruled that it hadn’t been taken cleanly. Surrey’s disappointment didn’t last long as shortly afterwards Chris Tremlett bowled Trescothick for five. Nick Compton had scored 20 when he was caught by Jason Roy in the covers off Matt Dunn to leave the visitors 26 for 2 in the fourth over.

Robin Peterson returned from the Vauxhall End, and first ball had Peter Trego caught on the boundary for 30 as Somerset reached the half-way point at 76-4. Further economical bowling from the Surrey attack, especially from Ansari and Batty restricted the Somerset batsman to a big total. James Hildreth offered some resistance before he was caught by Ansari off Matt Dunn for 28. Dunn then removed Tim Groenewald next ball. Max Waller avoided the hat trick ball as Dunn finished with the outstanding figures of 3 for8 off just two overs. The visitors eventually finished on a below par 136-9.

Requiring 137 to win Surrey’s reply got off to a bad start when Jason Roy was bowled by Dirk Nannes, playing across the line, to the fourth delivery of the innings. Kevin Pietersen strode to the crease, with the crowd expecting big things from the man. Along with Tillakaratne Dilshan the pair added 66 when Dilshan chipped the ball to Peter Trego at midwicket off Nannes for 29. Pietersen was going along nicely until he tried to cut a straight delivery from Max Waller and was bowled for his highest T20 score of the season 39. At the half way point Surrey had reached 76-3, still requiring a further 58 runs to win. Waller grabbed the wicket of Gary Wilson for 15 to leave Surrey 97-4 needing 40.

With 32 required from 30 deliveries Steve Davies holed out to midwicket off Groenewald. A mix up between Mahmood and Pieterson saw the South African run out for two as Somerset started tightening the screw. With Surrey not scoring a boundary since the tenth over Mahmood drove Craig Overton to the rope. Chris Tremlett repeated the dose in the same over to reduce the target to 12 runs to win. With 10 needed off 12 balls James Hildreth took a stunning catch running around on the boundary to remove Mahmood for 13. In a tense final over, with Surrey requiring four to win, it was down to Dirk Nannes to bowl the final over. Ansari flicked the first delivery down to fine leg to register a home victory with five balls to spare, and move Surrey up to second place in the NatWest T20 Blast South Group.

 

                                                   

 

 

                          

                                                      SURREY    vs         GLAMORGAN

                                              NatWest T20 Blast   Friday 11th July 2014

                                                    Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                          GLAMORGAN                            SURREY

                                                  192- 4 (20)                          188-4 (20)

                                             Glamorgan beat Surrey by four runs

A superb 75 from 56 balls from Jacques Rudolph and a fine last over from Michael Hogan enabled Glamorgan to leapfrog above Surrey into third place in the NatWest T20 Blast competition.

Surrey won the toss on a cloudy evening in South London and inserted Glamorgan.  The Welshmen lost their first wicket in the forth over when Jim Allenby was caught by Vikram Solanki at the second attempt at cover off Matt Dunn’s first delivery. Jacques Rudolph and Mark Wallace put on 51 for the second wicket when Wallace tried reverse sweeping Gareth Batty and was given out LBW for 22. The 36 year-old off break bowler was back in the thick of the action when he dismissed Stewart Walters caught and bowled for 16 to leave the visitors 89-3 in the tenth over.

Chris Cooke and Jacques Rudolph put on 67 for the fourth wicket, when Cook holed out to Roy on the boundary for a fine 43. Rudolph eventually finished unbeaten on 75, coming off 56 balls including nine fours. Glamorgan finished on an impressive 192-4 in their allocated 20 overs, which was the highest score in domestic cricket at the Oval in the last four years.

Chasing 193 to win, Openers Jason Roy and Steve Davies put on 38 before Davies was caught at backward point off Hogan for 27. Kevin Pietersen joined Jason Roy at the crease and the pair added 45 before Pietersen went for 20 off Andrew Salter to leave Surrey 83-2 in the tenth over. Jason Roy continued with his recent good form by hitting a 50 off 25 balls, along with the in form Gary Wilson, the pair added 53 to bring Surrey to within 57 runs of victory when Wilson was caught at deep fine leg off Will Owen for 26. Requiring 41 to win off four overs Jason Roy’s fine knock of 60 off 41 balls was ended when he was caught at fine leg off Hogan to leave Surrey 152-4.  Needing 36 to win of 18 deliveries, and some late hitting from Azhar Mahmood-who finished on 36*  off only 16 balls- left Surrey requiring 13 to win of the last over bowled by Australian Michael Hogan. Two singles were taken then Solanki hit a four to leave the home side needing seven off three balls. Solanki then took two off the next delivery with four needed to win of the final ball, Hogan bowled a dot ball to win the game for the visitors by four runs.

 

                          

Surrey moved up to second place in the County Championship, after completing a nine wicket victory against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay. Glamorgan won the toss and decided to bat first. They made 232 in their first innings with Jim Allenby scoring 69 and Chris Tremlett taking 5-60 with Tom Curran picking up 4-88. Surrey declared their first innings on 589-8 with Zafar Ansari making 112 and Rory Burns 97. Glamorgan were bowled out for 398 in their second innings with Chris Cooke making an undfeated 83 and Matt Dunn taking 4-124. Needing just 42 for victory, Rory Burns went without scoring, but Ansari and Harinath saw Surrey over the line, to record another impressive victory.

 

Surrey suffered a five wicket defeat against Essex at Chelmsford on Friday, in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Essex won the toss and inserted Surrey. The visitors made 165-4 in their 20 overs with Gary Wilson making an undefeated 63. The home side reached their target with nine balls to spare, thanks to 42 from opener Mark Pettini.

Surrey moved up to second place in the South group of the NatWestT20 blast competition after defeating Kent by 8 wickets with 13 balls remaining at the Kia Oval on Wednesday.

Surrey won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. Kent were restricted to 155-4 in their 20 overs,with half centuries from Fabian Cowdrey and Darren Stevens. Surrey reched their target thanks to a sensational innings from Jason Roy who smashed 70 off just 46 balls to continue his excellent form this season. Surrey now travel to Chelmsford on Friday to face top of the table Essex.

Surrey's County Championship match against Hampshire at the Kia Oval finished in a draw.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat. They declared their first innings on 474-8, with Jason Roy hitting 114, Gary Wilson 82 and Tillakaratne Dilshan making 69. Hampshire replied with 354 all out thanks to 82 from Will Smith and 80 from Sean Ervine. Surrey in their second innings made 13-0, when both sides agreed on a draw. Surrey took 12 points from the match and Hampshire nine.

 

Surrey's recent good form continued with an eight wicket victory against Hampshire in the NatWest T20 Blast at the Kia Oval on Friday.

Surrey won the toss and inserted the visitors. Surrey restricted Hampshire to 131-9 in their 20 overs with Azhar Mahmood taking 3-38. Surrey reached their target with six overs to spare, thanks to 63 from Jason Roy off just 25 balls.

Surrey completed their third Championship win of the season, with a 10 wicket victory against Leicestershire at the Kia Oval.

The home side won the toss and declared their first innings on a massive 522-9. Gary Wilson hit an undefeated 160, Chris Tremlett scored 90, Jason Roy 76, Hashim Amla 71 and Vikram Solanki 54. Leicestershire were bowled out for 271 with Chris Tremlett picking up 3-28. Following on the visitors were dismissed for 319, despite Charlie Shreck scoring his maiden first-class half-century. Zafar Ansari took 5-93 with Gareth Batty taking 4-83. Surrey were left just 69 to win which they did without losing a wicket.

 

Surrey completed a 17 run victory against Glamorgan at Cardiff in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday.

Glamorgan won the toss and put the visitors in to bat, they made 165-5 in their 20 overs with Hashim Amla top scoring with 55. The home side fell short of their target, reaching 148-8 thanks to Jim Allenby's 52. Tom Curran picked up 3-23 of his four overs for the visitors.

Surrey recorded a comprehensive 10 wicket victory against Derbyshire at Derby in their latest County Championship match. The home side won the toss and elected to bat, but were bowled out for 153, with Marcus North top scroing with 44. Tom Curran took 5-51 for the visitors. Surrey responded by making 421 in their first innings with Zafar Ansari making his maiden first-class century and Steve Davies hitting 124. In their second innings Derbyshire were bowled out for 288, with David Wainright making an unbeaten 55 and Ansari and Gareth Batty picking up three wickers apiece. Set the simple task of just 21 runs to win, openers Rory Burns and Ansari got to their target without being seperated to secure Surrey's second County Championship win of the season. Surrey took 23 points from the game and Derbyshire two.

                                                               SURREY  vs  SUSSEX

                                                  NatWest T20 Blast       Friday 13th June 2014

                                            Peter Moore   at the Kia Oval

                                                  Surrey won toss and elected to bowl.

                                             Sussex 148-5           Surrey 149-0

                                                          Surrey won by 10 wickets

An unbroken first wicket partnership of 149 between Jason Roy and Hashim Amla secured a comprehensive ten wicket defeat of the Sussex Sharks at the Kia Oval.

Surrey won the toss on a very hot evening in South London, and elected to bowl. Possibly, working on the knowledge of an amazing stat. In the past six T20’s at the Kia Oval, the side batting second have won.

Luke Wright got the visitors of to a flyer, despite being dropped on 21 by Hashim Amla at short midwicket, before he had a big heave across the line, and was bowled by Tom Curran for 31 to leave the Sharks 43-1 in the seventh over. Surrey turned to spin in the shape of Robin Peterson and Gareth Batty. In the space of five deliveries Rory Hamilton-Brown was bowled by Peterson for 10 and Matt Machan trapped LBW by Batty. Four balls later Peterson had Chris Nash LBW to leave the Sharks 66-4 in the 11th over.

It was down to Ben Brown and Ed Joyce to get Sussex up to a competitive total. The pair added 76 for the fifth wicket, when Ed Joyce was run out for 45 in the very last over. Ben Brown hit the final ball for six as Sussex finished on 148-5.

Jason Roy and Hashim Amla tore into the Sharks attack, bringing up a century opening partnership in just nine overs. Roy brought up his 50, coming off just 27 balls including 7 fours and one six. Sussex tried seven bowlers to remove the pair, but all to no avail, as Surrey cruised to victory with 27 balls to spare. Roy finished undefeated on 81 and Amla 61. Roy’s 81 coming off only 43 balls with 11 fours and two six’s. This was also Surrey’s first ever ten wicket win in Twenty 20 cricket.

 

 

 

 

Despite bowling the home side out for just 112, Surrey had to settle for a draw in their latest County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Mathew Dunn picked up 4-37 and Jason Roy 3-9 to leave the home sides decision to bat first back firing on them. Surrey responded with a massive 626-6 declared, with Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari putting on 215 for the first wicket. Ansari was out two short of a century, but Burns went on to make 199. Vikram Solanki scored a 143 and Roy an unbeaten 121. The home side made a better fist of it second time aroound, scoring 506-6 with Ian Cockbain hitting an unbeaten 151 and Michael Klinger 120. Surrey took 12 points from the match and Gloucestershire 5. 

Essex picked up another two points in this seasons NatWest BigBash 20 campaign, after completing a comfortable five wicket defeat of Surrey at the Oval.

Essex won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Surrey made 151-6 in their allocated twenty overs, with Jason Roy making 57. Essex reached their target with seven balls to spare, thanks to Tom Westley's 44 and an undefeated 43 from Captain Ryan TenDoeschate.

                                              SURREY     vs WORCESTERSHIRE

 

                                      Day 3. LV= County Championship Division Two

                                         Tuesday 3rd June.  Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                           Worcestershire 476            Surrey 206 and 111-3

After rain in the morning, the umpires decided to take an early lunch at 12.30.  Play eventually got underway at 1.10, with Surrey resuming on 134-2.

Zafar Ansari progressed to his half-century which came off 159 balls including 6x4’s.

The home side lost their first wicket of the afternoon session when Vikram Solanki was run out for 14 by a direct hit from Tom Fell, to leave Surrey on 162-3.  Jack Shantry then ran through the Surrey middle order by taking four wickets for four runs in just 8 balls. He had Jason Roy caught behind, Gary Wilson caught at 2nd slip and Batty caught at slip of his first ball to leave Surrey in a perilous position of 184-7. In total the home side had lost five wickets for 23 runs.

Worcestershire took the new ball, with Surrey in trouble at 193-7. Charles Morris then had Chris Tremlett caught behind (3) and Matt Dunn played on first ball. Jade Dernbach saw off the hat trick delivery, but didn’t last much longer as Shantry had him caught behind to give the seam bowler his sixth wicket of the innings. Ansari was left high and dry on 77 as Surrey were bowled out for 206, with Shantry finishing with excellent figures of 6-53.

Unsurprisingly Worcestershire enforced the follow on, and immediately reaped dividends when Rory Burns was caught and bowled by Left arm seamer Shantry for 8. Ansari came to the crease barely half an hour after his last visit to join Harinath and the pair added 41 before Harinath was run out going for an unlikely second run. Joseph Leach trapped Solanki LBW for 9 to leave Surrey 63-3, but the impressive Ansari was still there at the close on  50*along with Steve Davies 23* to leave the home side 111-3 at stumps, still 159 runs behind Worcestershire with one day remaining.

 

 

 

 

The weather had the last word in Essex's County Championship match against Surrey at Chelmsford, which ended in a draw.

Just 182 overs in total were bowled over the course of the four days. Essex won the toss and elected to bat, they were bowled out for 228 with Tom Westley falling five short of a century, and Ben Foakes making 55. For Surrey Gareth Batty claimed 8-68. Surrey made 261 for 7 in reply with Arun Harinath scoring 63 and Steve Davies 54. Essex take 8 points from the game and Surrey 10.

 

Surrey had a mixed set of results at the start of their NatWest T20 Blast campaign, with a victory down at Taunton against Somerset, and a two wicket defeat against Sussex at Hove. On Friday evening Surrey posted 171-7 in their 20 overs with Jason Roy and Gary Wilson hitting half centuries. Sussex reached their target of the last delivery of the match thanks to 56 from Luke Wright. On Sunday Surrey inflicted a 14 run defeat of Somerset at Taunton. Surrey made 173 for 7 in their 20 overs with Jason Roy hitting 64. Somerset fell short of their target at 159-6 with Craig Kieswetter making 61. 

Surrey completed just their second Championship victory since 2012 after a four wicket victory against Gloucestershire at the Kia Oval.

 

The home side won the toss and inserted the visitors in and bowled them out for 168, with Will Tavare hitting 59 and Matt Dunn taking a career best 5-48. Surrey were in trouble at 62-6,but were rescued by a fine 44 from Jason Roy. The home side were eventually bowled out for 132 with James Fuller taking 6-47. The visitors made 230 in their second innings with Chris Dent making 54 and Chris Tremlett taking 6-59. Requiring 267 to win, thanks to a fine 103 from Graeme Smith the home side reached their target to record their first Championship win of the summer.



Surrey suffered an eight wicket defeat against Kent at Canterbury in the County Championship.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and made 285, with Jason Roy top scoring with 60. Kent replied with 435, mainly thanks to 126 a piece from Rob Key and Brendan Nash. In their second innings Surrey slumped to 97-5 before eventually being bowled out for 203 with Steve Davies top scoring with 40. Spinner Adam Riley taking 5-78, along with match figures of 9-155. Kent were left the straight forward task of requiring 54 to win, they reached their target with the loss of two wickets. 

With so much play lost due to heavy rain, it was ineviatable that Surrey's County Championship match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl would end in a draw.

Surrey won the toss and inserted the home side in to bat. They eventually declared their first innings on 400-6 with James Vince making an unbeaten 159 and Jimmy Adams 65. Surrey made 99 for 2 with Rory Burns making an undefeated 53 when a draw was agreed.

Surrey took 7 points from the game and Hampshire 10. 

                                               SURREY       vs   ESSEX

                                           LV= County Championship Division Two

                                     Day three 22nd April 2014 Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

                                            Essex 306       Surrey 217-6

 

After a delay of an hour Essex had added 11 runs to their overnight total when Foster edged Meaker to Wilson at third slip to leave the visitors on 236-7. David Masters joined Napier at the crease and added 43 for the eighth wicket when Chris Tremlett was introduced back into the attack and had Masters caught by Dunn at Mid-Off for 23. Dunn then had Napier caught at slip for 28. Despite some spirited late order runs from Panesar 17 and Mills 10*, the visitors were bowled out for 306, with Matt Dunn taking 5-60.

The Surrey reply had reached 46 without loss when Rory Burns played the ball back to Ravi Bopara, who was bowling at the time, he took a few steps out of his crease and was immediately sent back by Graham Smith, only for Bopara to backhand the ball onto the stumps.

Graham Smith became the first player in the game to score a half-century when he off drove Monty Panesar through the covers to bring up his 50 which came off 66 balls and included 8 fours. Smith and Dominic Sibley looked untroubled during the afternoon session as they took the score at tea to 111 for 1 with Smith on 58 and Sibley 20.

Shortly after tea birthday boy Masters struck when he had Smith caught by Mickleburgh at third slip for 65 to leave the home side 123-2. Mickleburgh was back in the action later as he held on to a brilliant catch in the gully to remove Sibley for 34 to leave Surrey 156 for 3. Panesar removed Wilson for 18, and Mills was brought back into the attack from the Pavilion End and had Davies fending off a rising delivery, caught at short leg for 8, as the hosts lost three wickets for nine runs.

Shortly before the close of play Surrey lost their sixth wicket when Panaser trapped Stuart Meaker LBW for 18. At the close Jason Roy was undefeated on 30 and Chris Tremlett 6, with the home side trailing Essex by 89 runs, and the game looking to be heading for a draw.

 

Surrey were eventually bowled out for 237 with Tymal Mills taking 4-45. Essex declared their second inngs at 258-4 with Alistair Cook making 127, when both sides aggread a draw.

 

                                     SURREY vs GLAMORGAN

                                             SURREY 209 - 7

                               Day 2 LV=County Championship Division 2

                                 Monday 7th April 2014   Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

After a delayed start of 80 minutes, play eventually got under way in gloomy skies with the floodlights on. Surrey resuming on 182 for 5 added eleven more runs when they lost their first wicket of the day when Jason Roy was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Mark Wallace of the bowling of Jim Allenby for 15. Shortly afterwards the umpires took the players of the field for bad light with Zafar Ansari undefeated on 55. When the players returned after a break of ten minutes Surrey lost their second wicket of the morning session when Tom Curran was magnificently caught low down tumbling to his right by Wallace for a duck of Allenby.

With more light raining falling the umpires took the players off with Lunch eight minutes away and Surrey 209 for 7, Ansari 60* and Meaker 9*. The steady drizzle continued after lunch into the afternoon session along with bad light which continued into the final session of play, the umpires had no alternative but to call of play for the day at 5.10

 

 





 

 

 

                                                      

 

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

                                          

                                        

 

 

 

                   

 

                                             

 

 

 

 

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