Published: 5th February, 2019
Every summer, even one set to be as glorious as 2019, must end. Where Surrey will be come September is anyone’s guess but you can be certain it will be a bumper close to the domestic season.
This is the final article in a series looking at different periods of the Surrey season that may stand out. Click here to see festival fever in June or here for the intense T20 block, here for our Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures and you can read about our upcoming Kia Super League defence here.
After 11 of the 14 Division One matches, the pattern of each side’s Specsavers County Championship season will be set but their final fate is very much likely to still be in the balance.
Those three fixtures that come just before the whites and pads are stowed away for another winter may well decide who is entitled to keep the trophy. It was in September 2018, on the 13th to be precise, that Surrey wrapped up their first title in 16 years with their ninth win in a row.
This year the Club’s first red-ball fixture of the ninth month also covers the same four dates with a trip to Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl. It’s a ground that Surrey certainly enjoy playing at, having not lost a first-class match at the Southampton side’s county ground since 1994.
In those 11 visits, they have emerged victorious nine times and drawn just twice. While Surrey are on the south coast, those supporters not making the trip may well be at the Kia Oval to see the final Ashes Test of the summer.
Another away trip follows immediately off the back of that as Surrey head to Chelmsford to face 2017 champions between the the 16th and 19th September. Rory Burns’ side won by 10 wickets at the same ground last year but Essex were the only team to beat Surrey in red-ball cricket when they crept home in a classic in the final match of the 2018 season.
Division One comes to a close at the Kia Oval between the 23rd and 26th September when Nottinghamshire are the guests. At one stage in 2018, they looked likely to be Surrey’s closest challengers for the title but crushing innings wins in both London and Nottingham effectively ended that.
That’s not the only cricket available to county fans in September. Having battled through the gruelling group stage process in the Vitality Blast throughout July & August, the eight best counties will progress to the quarter-finals that will take place between the 4th and 8th September.
Finals Day will then follow on 21st September. Should Surrey, led by Jade Dernbach, reach the Edgbaston extravaganza they will be in the midlands for the weekend before their final red-ball match aiming for the crown.
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