Published: 11th October, 2018
A winter of celebrations is well under way for most Surrey Members after this year’s Specsavers County Championship success but what were the biggest outpourings of joy during the campaign?
With Surrey players either leading the way or near the top of the individual rankings for many of the individual aspects in the game across all three formats, there has been plenty to be happy about this year.
Here are the celebrations that will stick with us from 2018.
Virdi The Birdie
Few bowlers react to a wicket taking delivery with the vibrant delight that Amar Virdi does and with 39 wickets in his maiden full County Championship campaign, he seemed to regularly being setting off on a mazy run.
A spinner’s reaction often varies greatly from that of a seamer due to the difference in time taken for the ball to reach its destination but Virdi takes that to a whole new level.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) June 25, 2018
Once the umpire’s finger is raised his arms become spreadeagled and, avoiding the fielders looking to hug him, will make his way to somewhere that could be loosely defined as backward point. It’s often only once he realises his teammates have given up the chase that he will turn around to join them.
Our fixed point cameras mean that often this all happens off screen but with this year’s innovative production at Scarborough came the chance to follow it to its conclusion.
Winning moment against Lancashire
This won the Sylvester Clarke Large Rum Moment of the Year at the Club’s annual End of Season Awards night and anyone in the Kia Oval on the day will testify for it.
With Lancashire closing in on victory, Morne Morkel’s bowling was striking fear into the heart of the red rose tail. Needing six to win, last man in Matty Parkinson came forward to the latest delivery from the South African and flicked it through the leg side.
WHAT. A. MOMENT.
WHAT. A. MATCH. pic.twitter.com/LeJJzJf7uo
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) August 22, 2018
For a brief moment all assumed it had beat Will Jacks at short leg and raced towards the rope…then Jacks leapt up and it became apparent he had held on to a stunner.
Finch v Middlesex in the Vitality Blast
A contender for the greatest night of T20 cricket in the Kia Oval’s history, largely thanks to the phenomenal hitting of Aaron Finch.
Chasing Middlesex’s daunting 222, Finch was joined by Roy for an incredible opening partnership of 194 in less than 14 overs before completing the job with another four overs to spare.
The capacity crowd and watching thousands on Sky Sports had long known they were watching something special but as Finch reached his century, it became apparent the world’s best T20 batsman also knew the gravitas of the innings he had compiled.
A special night for a special player.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) August 3, 2018
County Championship winning moment
It had all built up to this.
16 years of waiting.
Hard work behind the scenes since 2002 and amongst the playing staff under previous Captain Gareth Batty and current skipper Rory Burns.
Morne Morkel pulled Dillon Pennington off his hip for the four runs that sealed the ninth consecutive victory and the Club’s 20th County Championship title. Let’s leave the watching squad on the balcony to show you what it meant.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) September 13, 2018