2018 Players Recaps: Smith – Virdi

Published: 5th 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.

You can see the reviews of Theunis de Bruyn, Matt Dunn, Dean Elgar, Aaron Finch & Ben Foakes here.

Arun Harinath, Will Jacks, Nic Maddinson, Stuart Meaker & Conor McKerr are discussed here.

Here is our look back on the campaigns of Morne Morkel, Ryan Patel, Mat Pillans, Ollie Pope and Jason Roy.

Here’s the final piece in a series that looks at how each player fared this summer, starting at the beginning of the alphabet.

Jamie Smith

Having shot to prominence for Surrey fans and members during the pre-season tour of Dubai, 18-year-old wicket keeper batsman Smith has had something of a breakthrough year.

With Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope both unavailable, Smith was handed the gloves for the matches out in the UAE and integrated himself within the first team setup while still a 17-year-old.

He then featured in the first two Vitality Blast matches of the campaign before signing professional terms.

With A Levels to complete in the early part of the summer, he could play just three matches in the Second XI Championship and clocked up one century and two half-centuries.

Mark Stoneman

The opener was Surrey’s third highest run scorer in this year’s Specsavers County Championship with 660 runs from his 13 appearances.

His 144 in the dominant Kia Oval victory over Nottinghamshire was the standout effort from the left hander as the only man to pass 50 in Surrey’s 375. That proved to be enough for an innings victory and led Stoneman to a run of good form to end the year.

He went beyond the half-century in three of his remaining six completed innings and once again looked like the batsman who had passed 1000 runs in each of the previous five seasons.

Freddie van den Bergh

Left arm spinner and lower order batsman van den Bergh played four matches in the Vitality Blast this year against Kent, Somerset, Gloucestershire & Hampshire.

He also played in one 2nd XI red ball match and four 50 over games before suffering a leg injury towards the back end of the season.

Amar Virdi

The second most prolific spinner in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship behind Essex’s Simon Harmer, Virdi’s first full summer as Surrey’s premier red ball spinner ended with 39 wickets.

Not just the number he amassed, Virdi has also claimed the prized scalps of international batsmen Hashim Amla, Joe Root & Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Perhaps just as well recognised as his bowling is his celebration, which often sees him set off into the distance with the catching fielders in tow.

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