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Best Innings of 2019: Pope & Finch shine

Published: 11th October, 2019

While the 2019 season wasn’t a stellar one for Surrey across any of the formats, there were still moments and innings to savour during the summer. Which one was your favourite?

We hit eight centuries across the Specsavers County Championship with Aaron Finch adding another in the Vitality Blast while we went barren in the Royal London One-Day Cup and Kia Super League.

We’ve selected four of those that stand out from our point of view but that’s not to forget the three figure contributions that also came from Scott Borthwick (twice), Mark Stoneman, Rory Burns and a further effort from Ollie Pope.

Let us know which one was your favourite by tweeting us at @surreycricket!

Ollie Pope – 221 v Hampshire

This was Ollie Pope’s first Division One innings since April. Isn’t that ridiculous?

Batting at number five, he came to the middle with Surrey on 133/3 with the threat of a collapse always there. Stands of 132 with Scott Borthwick and then 188 with Aaron Finch eliminated that possibility and ensured Surrey were on the front foot.

337 balls, 22 fours, a strike rate of 65.57. Once he was called in when Surrey declared on 579/7, he was immediately on the train up to Leeds to act as concussion cover for Jason Roy for the third Ashes Test. He’ll now take his first-class average of 58.79 to New Zealand’s Test arenas with him.

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Aaron Finch – 102* v Somerset

He didn’t quite hit the dizzy, ludicrous heights of 2018 throughout the entirety of this year’s competition but boy did he in the penultimate match of the year.

It was another capacity crowd at The Kia Oval in what proved to be our most attended year of T20 cricket ever and they all went home having seen Finch chase down Somerset’s 157 total almost singlehandedly.

It required just 53 balls for him to hammer his 102 not out, including five fours and nine sixes. One of them even went out of the ground!

Will Jacks – 120 v Kent

A maiden County Championship century is always a landmark moment in a young player’s career. When it’s to bring your team from 65/5 to 439 all out, it’s even more special.

That’s exactly what Will Jacks did at Beckenham to set up a tilt at victory for Surrey back in May. The batsman’s natural attacking flair has brought attention upon him in white-ball cricket but this was more than just power hitting.

20 fours came from his 194 ball stint at the crease at a strike rate of 61.85. He struggled to repeat it in the remainder of the season but this was proof that Jacks belongs at this level.

Ryan Patel – 100* v Essex

Another maiden County Championship century, a very different one from that of Jacks. Patel has often played the role of hole plugger in the batting lineup, filling in anywhere from the openers’ slots down to eight.

Here he batted three and took full advantage of the solid foundation laid by Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman. He came to the crease at 75/1 and was still there when the last Surrey wicket fell at 395.

278 balls and a strike rate of 35.97 prove just how different this was to Jacks’ effort but one that was equally entertaining for Surrey fans.

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