Published: 9th January, 2019
It looks set to be one of the biggest years of cricket in England ever but what does 2019 hold for Surrey and the Kia Oval in particular?
The World Cup will begin here, the Ashes will end here and Surrey have two titles to defend in the meantime. That’s just for starters.
Over the next few weeks we’ll take an alphabetical run through of the most exciting and prominent aspects of the year to come in South London and for the county.
You may have worked out that means we’ll be starting at A today. Come back to kiaoval.com every Wednesday for the next batch of things to keep an eye out for.
A – Ashes
As if we were going to start anywhere else?!
The 2019 Ashes series ends at the Kia Oval in September and with the first four days already sold out, it’s set to be an unforgettable week in what could be a series decider.
Our own ground, where The Ashes was born, is perhaps best known for its climactic finishes and emotional goodbyes that come at the end of iconic Test series, from the final innings of Don Bradman to the climax of *that* 2005 series.
Joe Root’s men have been in fine form since losing the urn in Australia in January 2018, defeating Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka so their confidence is building with the sport’s greatest rivalry set to resume in August.
B – Blast off
Everyone that saw him in action last summer will forever remember the simply jaw-dropping form of Aaron Finch in the Vitality Blast. 589 runs at an average of 147.25 with two centuries all came after he made a world-record 172 for Australia against Zimbabwe.
He’ll be back in 2019 to see if he can emulate his own personal form and help Surrey blast off out of the South Group and to Finals Day. With the incredible atmosphere at an often sold-out Kia Oval behind Surrey, Jade Dernbach’s team will he looking to reach the knockout stages in 2019.
Members and previous T20 buyers can sort their seats now to see Surrey in action at the home of T20 cricket with early-bird tickets for the general public available on 1st March.
C – Conference & Events
Situated in the beating heart of London, the Kia Oval is perfect for conferences, meetings, dinners, celebrations, award ceremonies, exhibitions, product launches, civil ceremonies and Christmas parties to name but a few.
The Kia Oval offers world class facilities which can comfortably accommodate up to 1000. Located within easy walking distance of Oval and Vauxhall tube stations and just minutes from Westminster and the City of London, we are a truly accessible venue. The impact, style and history of a world class sporting venue as well as our experience of hosting truly memorable events makes the Kia Oval a unique location.
If you’ve got anything planned in 2019 that you’d like to host at the Kia Oval then head to events.kiaoval.com, email email@example.com or call 0207 820 5670 to speak to one of our team.
D – Dubai days
As part of the honour of winning the Specsavers County Championship, Surrey will this year face the MCC in the Champion County match.
The annual curtain-raiser to the county season will this year take place between 25-28 March in Dubai at the end of Surrey’s pre-season tour in the UAE with free entry for all at the ICC Academy.
Surrey will spend two weeks in the heat of the United Arab Emirates in March to ensure maximum possible outdoor practice for all three formats that await them throughout the English summer.
E – England Stars
2018 could hardly have gone better for Surrey in terms of producing international standard talent. No fewer than five of our own made their England debuts last year; Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes & Ollie Pope for the men and Bryony Smith with the women’s T20I team.
Curran was also named Man of the Series as England defeated India 4-1 before Foakes received the same honour in Sri Lanka. Add those names to the likes of Jason Roy, Tom Curran and Nat Sciver who are already key figures for the national sides and Surrey’s conveyor belt of talent looks healthier than ever.
Burns, Sam Curran & Foakes will begin 2019 with a Test series in West Indies; the last chance to ensure their Ashes place. In the One-Day teams, Jason Roy & Tom Curran are looking ahead to the ICC World Cup that begins at the Kia Oval in May.
We’ll back next week with the next instalment of our alphabetical run through of the most exciting aspects of 2019 at the Kia Oval.