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2018 Player Recaps: De Bruyn – Foakes

Published: 2nd 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.

Click here to see how Gareth Batty, Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran & Tom Curran all did this year.

Here’s the second in a series that will look at how each player fared this summer, starting at the beginning of the alphabet.

Theunis de Bruyn

Just two matches for South Africa batsman de Bruyn in the middle of the summer for Surrey but they were perhaps the most pivotal of the Specsavers County Championship title charge.

With early season overseas Dean Elgar preparing for his nation’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, de Bruyn was called in for the Guidlford visit of Somerset before a trip to Scarborough to face Yorkshire.

His batting wasn’t needed for the innings victory at Guildford, although he did hold on to a catch to see off in-form opener Matt Renshaw.

He made a crucial 38 as Surrey battled back on the Yorkshire coast and caught another opener, this time Adam Lyth.

Matt Dunn

After missing the entire 2017 season, right arm seamer Dunn enjoyed a good pre-season and was named in the side for the first two matches of the season.

He claimed three victims in that opening win against Hampshire, including the winning moment, before a cruel twist of fate led to a rib injury at Emirates Old Trafford.

With the bowling attack in such fine form since Dunn’s injury, he hasn’t been able to force his way back in but has excelled and often led the 2nd XI.

Dean Elgar

387 runs in 10 County Championship innings for the South African international in two separate spells at both ends of the season.

The left-handed top order battler made his first century for the club in his final appearance – at Taunton last week.

He was also Surrey’s star performer with the bat during the Royal London One-Day Cup, averaging 57.25 as he accumulated 229 runs in just four innings.

Aaron Finch

The best T20 batsman in the world certainly lived up to that title during his spell at Surrey this summer.

His 589 runs at a whopping average of 147.25 included two centuries that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness them and made him the second highest scorer in the competition despite having eight less innings than many.

An explosive partnership of 194 with Jason Roy in front of a full house against Middlesex was one of the great Kia Oval nights.

Finch also played in two Specsavers County Championship matches with contributions in both innings against Lancashire.

Ben Foakes

Surrey’s fourth highest run scorer in the Specsavers County Championship and one of the best glovemen in the country.

Foakes, who toured with England last winter, has combined an almost flawless record behind the stumps across all formats with 1213 runs; he was Surrey’s second best batsman in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast.

Of the 38 dismissals he claimed in the season, Foakes had a penchant for the stunner such as the one above at Somerset.

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