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    A Surrey Story: Season 2007

    This is the story of Surrey County Cricket Club in 2007. I will be updating it only on the weekends.

    The Story so far...

    2002

    A dissapointing Season results wise but a strong youth draft and the amount of players on England Duty made up for it considerably. For the Season Mark Ramprakash was appointed Captain, Graham Thorpe the Vice Captain. Veteran Alec Stewart was handed the gloves. The squad struggled with Injury allowing the younger kids more of an oppurtunity to prove themselves. Young 22 year old Batsman William (Bill) Neville did very well in the side and opened the batting with Mark Butcher for most of the season.

    Results (End of Season)

    County Champ Div 1.
    Surrey 7th (Relegated)

    National Legue Div. 2
    Surrey 15th

    Super Cup
    Surrey Quarter Final

    C & G Trophy
    Surrey Round 4

    2003

    A season of change at Surrey with Alec Stewart retiring and Robert Key (Kent) and Owais Shah (Leics) joining the side. Both Captain and Vice-Captain were retained and Jonathon Batty filled the wicketkeeping spot. Butcher was out for most of the season with injury and Key took his spot brilliantly. Adam Hollioake settled into the other opening spot displacing young Neville who found his slot down the order. The bowling was the biggest dissapointment with only 3 regulars, Bicknell, Tudor and Ormond making any sort of impact.

    Results (End of Season)

    County Champ Div 2.
    Surrey 18th

    National Legue Div. 2
    Surrey 14th

    Super Cup
    Surrey Quarter Final

    C & G Trophy
    Surrey Round 3

    2004

    A good year at Surrey, gaining promotion into County Champ Div 1. The biggest change in the team was Butcher's excellent return to form topping the Surrey Batting Lists. Also Waqar Younis joined the team as the overseas player adding to Surrey's already international class pace attack. Home Ground, The Oval was expanded to 20,000 capacity and a new pitch was installed. The new strip was found to be batsman friendly and totals over 400 were common.

    Results (End of Season)

    County Champ Div 2.
    Surrey 12th (Promoted)

    National Legue Div. 2
    Surrey 17th

    Super Cup
    Surrey Round 1

    C & G Trophy
    Surrey Round 3

    2005

    An excellent season continuing the great form form last year. Into the side came Ryan Sidebottom (Yorks) and Robin Martin-Jenkins (Sussex) while James Ormond leave the team over contract issues. Also Martin Bicknell and Nadeem Shadid retired from playing, Bicknell taking over the youth coaching job. Butcher and Key batted well at the start of the innings again while Brown took the captaincy while both Ramprakash and Thorpe played for England. At the end of the season Injury and Fatigue struck leaving Surrey in 2nd position in the County Championship.

    Results (End of Season)

    County Champ Div 1.
    Surrey 2nd

    National Legue Div. 2
    Surrey 11th (Promoted)

    Super Cup
    Surrey Round 1

    C & G Trophy
    Surrey Quarter Final

    2006

    Another exeptional season finishing again 2nd the the County Champs. Bill Neville took over the Vice-Captaincy from the ageing Thorpe to hopefully take over from Ramprakash when he retires. Brown left the Surrey team aged 38 to work on T.V (Stats man on Channel 5's 'County Cricket Live!') But he was replaced by Up-and-coming Batsman Daniel Beasley and Spin King Ashley Giles.

    Results (End of Season)

    County Champ Div 1.
    Surrey 2nd

    National Legue Div. 1
    Surrey 6th

    Super Cup
    Surrey Round 1

    C & G Trophy
    Surrey Runners Up

    2006 1st XI

    Mark Butcher
    Robert Key
    Mark Ramprakash (C)
    Bill Neville (VC)
    Ian Ward
    Graham Thorpe
    Jonathon Batty (WK)
    Ashley Giles
    Alex Tudor (2)
    Robin Martin-Jenkins
    Ryan Sidebottom (1)
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    nice story m8 i like it! keep it coming !

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    Surrey Squad 2007

    Batsman

    Mark Butcher
    LHB, RM
    Mark debuted for Surrey in 1992 and is still playing there 15 years later. He opens the batting with Key and bowls effective right armers. For the last 3 seasons he has scored over 1000 runs each. At age 34 he is seen as the senior partner of the opening pair.

    Mark Ramprakash
    RHB, OS
    Mark is the Captain of the Surrey team, holding this position since 2002. He has played County Cricket since the late 1980's and is one of the oldest in the team at 37. He has amassed a amazing 25,000 first class runs averaging over 44. Mark still has 2 years on his contract and will porbably finsh his career then.

    Graham Thorpe
    LHB, RM
    Graham is both the most experianced and oldest player on the team having played over 380 games of First class cricket and 139 Test matches. He is past the best days of his career but is still a formidable batsman averaging over 40.

    Ian Ward
    LHB, RM
    Ian has struggled to mantain his spot in the Surrey side over the years but is still very agressive and has nerves of steel at the crease. Last year batting in the number five spot he made 3 centuries including a match winning 133 against Hampshire. He will have to show more of the same to stop the younger blokes taking his spot.

    Bill Neville
    RHB, RMF
    Bill is perhaps the best batsman in the side, averaging 47.9 in his 57 first class games. In 2006 he was made Vice-Captain leading the side well and showing pormise as a future captain while making 1500 runs of his own, the most by an Englishman. At 27 he has many years left at Surrey and probably has the safest spot in the team.

    Paul Springett
    RHB, RF
    Paul has been at Surrey since 2002 but has only played 11 First class games. His technique and bravery are unique but the strength of the Surrey batting line-up has seen him only play while others are away on England duty. May need to show the selectors something if he wants a contract extenstion at the end of the year.

    Robert Key
    RHB, OS
    Robert moved to Surrey in 2003 from Kent and has performed well opening the batting ever since. He has not set the cricketing world on fire however scoring only 10 centuries in his 144 First Class matches. At 28 he will hopefully be able to show the next generation of Surey the tricks of the trade.

    Daniel Beasley
    RHB, RM
    Daniel is one of the youngsters being brought into the Surrey to compensate for the lack of enthusiasm in the team. At only 21 he has a bright future in front of him and he has already played 6 First class games with a top score of 91. His agressive nature is the main downside sometimes giving away his wicket in a rush of blood.

    Aftab Habib
    RHB, RMF
    Aftab, an experianced batsman, moved from Essex to Surrey at the start of this season. He averages over 36 in First Class matches and has almost scored 10,000 runs. He will need to show selectors he's worth the 32,500 salary otherwise he might be on the move again.

    Tim Johnston
    RHB, RFM
    Tim is a young Australian Batsman from New South Wales. Moved to Surrey at the start of this season to further his chances of playing for Australia. Having already played 9 first class matches he will be looking to break into the side and hit some shots.

    Nathan James
    LHB, LMF
    Nathan and his brother Tom are the best thing to come out of the Surrey youth program in the last 5 years. He has already played a few 2nd Team matches averaging 77.65. He will be lokking to debut this year with the Surrey side.

    Wicket Keepers

    Jonathan Batty
    RHB, RM
    Jon has been 1st choice Keeper at Surrey for a while now and that doesn't look like changing any time soon. He has just reached the milestone of 300 First Class catches in only 140 matches. He does well with the bat also, averaging over 20 and has made many a stand with the tailenders in Surrey's darkest Hour.

    Tim English
    RHB, RMF
    Tim has only played 2 First class matches since his debut in 2005. He is seen as a possible sucsessor to Batty, being 10 years his junior. But his batting will need to improve if he wants the spot.

    All-rounders

    Adam Hollioake
    RHB, RM
    Adam has played for Surrey all his professinal career and has played many a fine innings to win the match. But in the bowling department he has dropped considerably in the last few years losing the dangerous pace and killer instinct which had seen him play for England. At 35 he is past his prime and will now see out his career getting the occasional game when batting stocks are low.

    Andrew Flintoff
    RHB, RFM
    Andy is seen as Adam's sucsessor to the Surrey All-rounder role but at 29 he is no spring chicken. However his super agressive batting and lethal bowling has seen him play in most of England ODI's for the last 3 years. not assured of a spot this year but will be hard to drop.

    Bowlers

    Alex Tudor
    RHB, RF
    Alex has been the quickest thing at Surrey for many years now and will continue in this role in 2007. His Right Arm bullets have destroyed batting line-ups time and time again. At 29 he in his prime and will hopefully be more dangerous than ever.

    Ryan Sidebottom
    LHB, LFM
    Ryan moved to Surrey in 2005 from Yorkshire to bowl with the best. However since he has been here he has taken the most wickets 2 seasons running. His
    Superb Line and Length have been know to dirve batsman crazy at the crease and Ryan will often have them caught in the slips or by the keeper as they take one swing to many.

    Robin Martin-Jenkins
    RHB, RM
    Robin has 2 titles at Surrey, the best swing bowler and the longest name but this year he will have to fight for a spot in the side. His off-cutter has claimed many a batsman's scalp but lats year he failed to pick up many wickets as the Batsman adapted by hitting him over the rope or onto the Grandstand roof.

    Ashley Giles
    RHB, SLA
    Ashley has been the only spin option in the Surrey side since moving here in 2006. The amount of turn and bounce that he gets from even The Oval's pitch have troubled Batsmen the world over. At 34 he is the oldest bowler and will have to be replaced sooner or later.

    Tom James
    LHB, LF
    Tom and his brother Nathan are the best thing to come out of the Surrey youth program in the last 5 years. Having played for the Surrey 2nd Team last year has given him the confidence he needs to play well.

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    again very nice, very enyoable to read! keep em coming m8 !


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