Published: 16th 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.
As this is the second week we will be going from F – J today. Come back to kiaoval.com every Wednesday for the next batch of things to keep an eye out for.
F – FINCH RETURNS
589 runs at 147.25. Those were the unbelievable numbers racked up by Aaron Finch in last year’s Vitality Blast. He’ll be back in 2019 to try and repeat the feat.
Having enjoyed a special period in his career since leaving London in late August, with his Test debut and limited overs captaincy to his name, Finch will be returning to the Kia Oval full of confidence.
You can see him going as big as possible on a sold out night at the Kia Oval during our seven home Vitality Blast matches, starting with the London Derby on Tuesday 23rd July. Members and previous buyers have priority access to tickets now with remaining seats going on sale on 1st March.
G – GUILDFORD TRIPS
With the ICC World Cup at the Kia Oval in early June, we get two Specsavers County Championship visits to Woodbridge Road this year!
Who doesn’t love festival cricket? Especially with the Guildford hoodoo that meant Surrey didn’t win a match there between 2003 and 2017 was ended last June.
This year we’ll take on Somerset and Yorkshire in the first two weeks of that month and don’t forget we’ll be back for four Kia Super League encounters throughout August.
Click here for a more detailed look at our upcoming Specsavers County Championship matches at Guildford in 2019, as well as a hat tip towards our return to Scarborough.
H – HOSPITALITY
Five days of Ashes cricket. Five World Cup matches. Seven Vitality Blast matches.
Watch the biggest events at the Kia Oval in style with your own private box or with more of an informal setting on the Corinthian Roof Terrace.
Delicious food and drink and dedicated service can make your day at the Kia Oval a special one whether you’re entertaining potential business clients or looking for the best way to see the most exciting cricket in the world.
Call 0207 820 5670 or email email@example.com for more information on the packages available.
I – IN THE COMMUNITY
Given the Kia Oval’s central location in London, we are perfectly placed to play an active role in our neighbourhood and the schools around us.
The Surrey Cricket Foundation will this year deliver sessions in 130 schools, engaging more than 11,000 children in the game of cricket and training 150 teachers through coaching and education.
Our annual Schools Day provides the opportunity for thousands of South London school children, who may not see cricket at any other time, to watch a Surrey match at the Kia Oval.
The Ben Hollioake Learning Centre within the OCS Stand is also a dedicated room for teaching essential life skills within a framework of our game and will work in partnership with a number of local schools again in 2019.
Vicar of the local St Mark’s Church, Reverend Steve Coulson, is our Club Chaplain and often on hand to provide assistance to anyone within the whole Surrey County Cricket Club community.
Finally, residents that live around the Kia Oval and who would like to discuss how the ground fits in with their life can always contact the Club’s Head of Community Jon Surtees on firstname.lastname@example.org.
J – JUST JOINED
With the great red-ball successes of 2018 still fresh in the mind of all the players, new arrivals within the squad always invigorate a group.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) December 14, 2018
England bowler Liam Plunkett and Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark were both announced as new signings before the end of last year’s campaign and will add depth to a group of players which may well be busy this year with a host of international commitments.
With more than 800 senior wickets to his name Plunkett’s wealth of experience will be vital while Jordan Clark can prove a matchwinner with both bat and ball and scored his maiden first-class at the Kia Oval in 2017.
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.