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Surrey County Cricket Club have launched a new campaign to engage with younger audiences and to help build a strong connection with the history of the game and the power of the sport.

The campaign will build on something cricket fans already know: it’s not just sport, it’s art.

Surrey and the Surrey Cricket Foundation are challenging young people to recreate iconic photos from the history of Surrey and of cricket at The Kia Oval as pieces of art for the chance to win some brilliant prizes.

To learn more about the campaign details click here.

There are three categories to choose from: Surrey Today, Surrey Legends and Internationals at The Kia Oval (post-2000)!

To see the Internationals at The Kia Oval category, click here and to see the Surrey Legends category click here

If Surrey Today is your thing, however, scroll through the pictures below, make your choice of which to recreate as art and then keep reading to the bottom of the page to learn all about these incredible moments and inspiring people!

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Alice Capsey – The Future’s Bright

Alice Capsey is just 18-years-old and people are already predicting she’ll take over the cricket world!

An all-rounder, she is a right-handed batter and right-arm bowler. In 2021, Capsey was voted the inaugural PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year and she made her international debut for the England women’s cricket team in July 2022.

Capsey represents Surrey, South East Stars and Oval Invincibles domestically and was recently selected by the Melbourne Stars for the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Alice is no stranger to silverware either and was an important part of an Oval Invincibles team that have lifted the Women’s Hundred trophy in both 2021 and 2022. Alice has also secured silverware for Surrey too, winning the London Cup in 2022.

This picture was taken on July 14, 2022 during the London Cup fixture against Middlesex at The Kia Oval.

Sam Curran Celebrates

Sam Curran is a superstar of the game, a player that crowds all over the world love and admire.

Sam plays for England in all formats and, in domestic cricket, he represents Surrey, and has played in multiple international T20 leagues, including for Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

Curran made his Test and One Day International debuts in 2018, and his T20 International debut in 2019. He was part of the England team that won the 2022 T20 World Cup, taking the most wickets for England at the tournament and was named Player of the Tournament.

Curran is a left-handed all-rounder, bowling medium fast and he holds the English record for best T20I figures, 5-10 against Afghanistan in 2022.

Despite his many obligations across the cricketing world, Sam loves representing Surrey – as seen by his passionate celebrations as he made his first ever first-class Century against Kent in June 2022 in the County Championship. He represented Surrey at Under-15, Under-17, and Second XI level and is Surrey through-and-through.

This picture was taken as he celebrated taking his fifth wicket of the game during the Vitality T20 Blast match between Surrey and Hampshire Hawks at The Kia Oval on June 02, 2022.

Captain Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is a Barbados-born English cricketer who plays for England in One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket, and has also played Test Match cricket for England. In domestic cricket, he represents Surrey, having previously played for Sussex, and has played in multiple Twenty20 leagues, including for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

Chris’s nickname is CJ and he made his ODI debut in 2013, his T20I debut in 2014, and played for the Test team between 2014 and 2015. He was part of the England team that won the 2022 T20 World Cup and is England’s highest wicket-taker in T20Is

Originally a Surrey player between 2007 and 2012, the Barbados-born CJ joined Sussex until 2021 before returning back to the Surrey fold. He is now the Surrey T20 Captain in the Vitality Blast and last year very nearly led Surrey through to finals day at Edgbaston, were it not for a close-fought defeat to Yorkshire in the Quarter-Finals.

This picture was taken as he celebrates a wicket falling during the Vitality T20 Blast match between Surrey and Middlesex at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2022.

Claudie Cooper Can’t Look!

Claudie Cooper is an exciting young player in the Surrey team and, in 2022, won the Kia Women’s Bowler of the Year award in the End of Season Awards.

She has captaincy experience, having skippered South East Star’s academy side first in 2021 and then the young spinner captained Surrey for the first time in May 2022 at Chipstead in the County Twenty20 against Hampshire.

Claudie was an integral part of Surrey’s London Championship and London Cup wins in 2022.

This picture was taken during the Vitality Women’s County T20 match between Surrey Women and Hampshire Women at Chipstead Cricket Club on May 02, 2022 in Coulsdon, England.

Surrey Women Win The London Cup

Surrey Women play in the ECB Vitality T20 Competition, 50-Over London Championship and T20 London Cup.

This picture was taken in July 2022 when the Surrey Women’s team clinched the London Cup in a dominant performance over Middlesex.

Whilst they represent Surrey in county cricket, as players progress they may represent regional side South East Stars, they could be selected to play for one of the teams in The Hundred and ultimately some will go on to represent England at an international level too!

In this picture alone you can see Bryony Smith and Alice Capsey, who have represented Surrey and South East Stars, played in The Hundred and represented England at the highest level.

Elsewhere in the picture you can see Aylish Cranstone (in black) who is the Surrey Women’s Captain and has also represented South East Stars and Oval Invincibles. Also featured are players like Dani Gregory, Kira Chathli and Amy Gordon who have also played both regional cricket and featured in The Hundred.

Women’s cricket is going from strength-to-strength right now, and everyone at The Kia Oval is delighted to be hosting a Women’s Ashes game in 2023!

Will Jacks get his Surrey County Cap

2022 has been a very special year for Will Jacks.

For Surrey, he was an integral part of the side that would win Surrey’s 21st County Championship title. Jacks scored an astonishing 150* against Essex in the Championship in July, with it taking him just 16 balls to get from 100 to 150.

His scintillating form was also on show in the Vitality Blast where he was Surrey’s leading run scorer and he also captained the team for the very first time in the quarter-final against Yorkshire.

He was selected for the Oval Invincibles for the 2022 season also and, in August, he scored the highest score in the history of The Hundred, at 108 runs in 48 balls.

The following month, in September, he was named in the England’s T20I squad for the series against Pakistan and he made his T20I debut on 23 September 2022, against Pakistan. By December, he had been named in his first England Test team and he took six wickets on his Test debut to help England to a historic victory against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Will Jacks is a Surrey Academy graduate and has been a fan favourite amongst the Oval faithful for some time, so his continued success is no surprise.  A top order batter who first played for Surrey in the U9s, Jacks made his Second XI debut against Hampshire in 2015 and featured regularly until the end of the 2017 season.

It was in the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2018 that Jacks made his step up to senior cricket with a particularly destructive century against Gloucestershire. He featured in all formats for much of the rest of the year, with his match-winning catch against Lancashire being crowned the Moment of the Season too.

This picture was taken in July 2022, when Will Jacks received his Surrey County Cap from former Club Chair Richard Thompson. The Surrey County Cap is rewarded to players who have consistently been able to display exceptional performances whilst wearing the 3 Feathers of Surrey!

Sophia Dunkley and Nat Sciver Bump Fists

Sophia Dunkley and Nat Sciver are both Surrey icons in their own right!

Having been part of the successful Surrey Stars team of 2018 in the Kia Super League, England all-rounder Sophia Dunkley made the move to Surrey’s county side at the end of the 2019 season.

A talented middle-order batter capable of scoring all around the ground and a skilful leg-spin bowler, Dunkley made her England debut in November 2018 after playing a key role in that domestic T20 success for the Surrey Stars.

Her commitments with South East Stars, Southern Brave & England mean she rarely features at the county level but regular visitors to The Kia Oval will still be familiar with the site of Dunkley in a Surrey shirt; her image has been put on a mural celebrating Women’s cricket in the Archbishop Tenison Gap at the ground!

Nat Sciver is a World Cup winner, a Wisden Cricketer of the Year and a shining light of the Surrey Pathway programmes. Nat Sciver was the captain of the Surrey Stars and leads with her experience as well as her ability to influence the game with bat, ball and in the field.

Sciver, like Dunkley, has regular international and franchise commitments but she too has her image recreated on the Tenison Gap mural at the stadium. Nat married fellow England cricketer Katherine Brunt in May 2022, and has recently spoke openly about the need to prioritise mental health whilst removing herself from a Vitality IT20 series due to fatigue.

Sciver and Dunkley are trailblazers and icons in their own right and we are delighted to have them as part of the Surrey family. This picture was taken in August 2018 when the two bumped fists during the Women’s Kia Super League match between Surrey Stars and Western Storm at The Kia Oval.

Rory Burns Hits the Winning Runs

The Club Captain, and the dressing room leader. Rory Burns’ name has become synonymous with Surrey County Cricket Club, and for good reason.

In four years as captain Rory has won 2 County Championship titles, in 2018 and 2022, and has led from the front, helping develop young talent and continuing to motivate the more established Surrey players.

When he broke into the Surrey team, Burns first formed a strong opening partnership with Zafar Ansari and was an ever present throughout the summer of 2014 and repaid the faith shown in him by producing over 1,000 first-class runs.

That level of form has continued throughout his career and Rory would replace Gareth Batty as Club Captain in 2018. Rory led Surrey to the County Championship title in 2018 before earning his first England Test call-up.

After solid showings in Sri Lanka and West Indies, his maiden Test century came during the first Ashes Test of the 2019 summer and he followed that up on the tour of New Zealand following the end of the English summer.

Playing every game of the 2022 season, much like in the 2018 season, Burns amassed 842 runs as he led Surrey to their 21st County Championship crown.

This photo was taken as Rory hit the winning runs against Yorkshire in the temporarily renamed Micky Stewart Oval that would see Surrey crowned County Champions in September 2022.

Jason Roy Takes a Catch

Jason Roy is one of the biggest hitters in the English game and a match winning player.

Whilst Surrey fans were always aware of his potential brilliance, Roy’s arrival as the leading run scorer in the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast saw England develop another exciting option at the top of the order. He made his international debut later that summer and continued to impress during a stint with the England Lions over the winter.

Jason Roy partnered with Aaron Finch in a record T20 Blast first wicket partnership of 187, in which Roy scored 120, in 2016 and in the same year hit 162 for England in an ODI against Sri Lanka at his home ground, the Kia Oval. His partnership with Finch blossomed, combining with the Australian for an opening stand of 194 against Middlesex in 2018. 2019 was a year to remember for Jason, playing an important role in winning the ICC World Cup, including a run out from the boundary to seal the tightest of final victories for England.

After an incredible white-ball season, Jason earned a Test call up making his debut at Lord’s against Ireland, where he notched up his first half-century for the three lions. The opener was then given the nod for the home Ashes series against Australia.

Roy plays as a right-handed opening batter. He holds the England record for highest ODI score (180), against Australia during England’s 2018 tour and, along with Alex Hales, holds the England record for highest ODI partnership: 256* against Sri Lanka during their 2016 tour of England.

Jason Roy remains a star attraction for Surrey in the Vitality Blast and this picture was taken as he caught Sam Northeast of Glamorgan during the Vitality T20 Blast match between Surrey and Glamorgan at The Kia Oval on May 27, 2022.

Kira Chathli with the scoop!

A batter and wicket keeper, Kira Chathli is a vital part of the Surrey and South East Stars teams

Chathli was the star player in the 2020 London Cup at The Kia Oval, playing an array of innovative shots to guide Surrey to the win. She followed that up with another London Cup win in 2022 on home soil, hitting this outrageous scoop shot.

She played every match for South East Stars in 2022, across the Charlotte Edwards Cup and Rachael Heyhoe-Flint trophy and scored her maiden List-A half-century, making 61 against Sunrisers.

Chathli has also represented Oval Invincibles in The Hundred, and was an ever -present throughout their triumphant 2022 campaign – lifting the trophy for the second year in a row.

At the end of the 2022 season, it was announced that Chathli had signed her first professional contract with South East Stars.

Ryan Patel, Championship Winner

Ryan Patel is a Surrey Academy graduate who has progressed through the club’s system and is now a regular in the red-ball and One Day sides.

A stand out moment for Patel came during the Guildford victory over Somerset in 2018 when he claimed five wickets in 11 balls, ending with figures of 6/5 and a first-class record to boot.

He played 10 matches as Surrey went on to win the Specsavers County Championship in 2018. 2019 saw Ryan score his maiden first-class century for the Club.

Guildford has become a cherished venue for Patel, who smashed his maiden List A century there with 131 runs from just 70 balls against Nottinghamshire in 2021.

Patel and skipper Rory Burns opened the batting in every County Championship game of the 2022 season. The left hander scored 719 runs at an average of 35.95 that gave Surrey a solid base to perform from that eventually led to the Club’s 21st County Championship crown.

In this picture he is celebrating Surrey being crowned County Championships in September 2022, gesturing to the dressing room.

Conor McKerr Roars

Fast bowler Conor McKerr is an exciting player who has played for Surrey since 2017.

In 2018, the right-arm seamer become a more regular fixture in the senior side with five appearances on the way to the County Championship title.

Another 15 wickets followed in 2019 but after another injury in 2020, McKerr returned to the first XI in the Royal London Cup leading the attack as Surrey progressed through the competition.

McKerr took six wickets in three matches in the 2022 Championship winning season.

In this picture, Conor celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the Vitality T20 Blast match between Surrey and Somerset at The Kia Oval on June 21, 2022.

To see the images in the Internationals at The Kia Oval category click here and to see the images in the Surrey Legends category click here

To see the details of the ‘It’s Not Just Sport… It’s Art’ campaign and how to enter, click here