Published: 1st October, 2018
2018 has been a summer Surrey fans and players alike will remember for a long time to come but what were the biggest moments throughout the season?
Our first Specsavers County Championship title in 16 years, with 10 wins and nine consecutively, means 2018 really was a golden summer.
21 players featured in red ball cricket with another five on top of that group across both white ball formats, of which 15 have come through Surrey’s own system.
Here’s the first in a series that will look at how each player fared this summer, starting at the beginning of the alphabet.
Although he didn’t feature in this year’s Specsavers County Championship, Batty was referenced by all members of the squad in their reaction to the title for his captaincy in recent years. The spinner led Surrey from Division Two in 2015 and oversaw the transition of a number of the current squad into the first team from the academy.
He has remained an integral part of the white ball attack this summer, playing in all eight Royal London One-Day Cup matches and 14 Vitality Blast fixtures. He took 16 wickets across those matches and was the second most economical bowler for Surrey in both competitions.
The left-handed number three began the season in fine form, hitting five half-centuries in his first ten first-class innings of the year.
It was his determined batting and fluent run scoring that initially acted as the glue for Surrey, with 74 in the low scoring season opener and then a top scoring 79 at Emirates Old Trafford as Rory Burns’ team battled to a draw.
He has missed the final month of the season due to a broken wrist but Borthwick’s contribution in those early matches acted as a platform for the year that followed.
Outside of the Championship, the 28-year-old was in imperious form against the West Indies A with an unbeaten 175. He also played four matches in both white ball competitions.
What can be said about the Club Captain that hasn’t yet been said?
His fifth consecutive year with more than 1000 first-class runs to his name from the top of the order and the linchpin in a title the Club has craved since 2002.
Burns has passed fifty eleven times in Division One, more than anyone else, and converted four of those into match-changing hundreds.
His biggest score of the year was 193 in the home draw with Worcestershire but 151 at Hampshire, where he now averages more than 100, 153 at Nottinghamshire and then 122 in that reverse clash with Worcester all came in big victories.
47 wickets, 500 runs and 19 catches in the Specsavers County Championship; a true all-rounder.
Since arriving from Warwickshire midway through the 2017 campaign, Clarke’s bowling has been on the money without fail. One five-fer and four four-wicket hauls demonstrate the consistency of the 36-year-old swing bowler.
His batting with the tail shouldn’t be forgotten. 111 at Nottinghamshire , a first century in six years, was the standout but an attacking 71 against Yorkshire alongside Ollie Pope, with Surrey at 162/6 when he came to the crease, was the turning point in the win that set off that historic run of victories.
25 wickets and 209 runs in just seven appearances for England’s latest star all-rounder in this year’s Division One.
After playing a vital role in keeping Lancashire out in April, Sam’s left arm swing bowling took 10 wickets in the innings victory over a Yorkshire side including Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Cheteshwar Pujara.
👀 Here’s a look at all of @CurranSM‘s wickets in his maiden 10 wicket haul.
What an incredible game it’s been for the 19 year old. pic.twitter.com/B3NomgPmuO
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) May 14, 2018
It may well have been that showing against the England captain that earned Sam his Test debut in June and how glad England are to have him around now, after he was named Player of the Series in the 4-1 victory over India.
The 20-year-old has a wealth of county experience that will help during an England career that has started exceptionally.
Due to IPL commitments, England appearances and an injury, Tom’s County Championship season didn’t begin until 29th August.
In the four appearances that followed, he bowled with pace and aggression and ended with 19 wickets including one five-wicket haul against Nottinghamshire.
20 wickets also came in just 16 white ball appearances and he heads to Sri Lanka now as one of England’s primary bowlers in the shorter formats.
Head back to kiaoval.com for the rest of this week as we recap on every player to have turned out for Surrey this summer.