Published: 6th February, 2018
Surrey wicket keeper batsman Ollie Pope has been called up for the South team in the annual pre-season ‘North v South’ series.
Pope has spent the winter in Sydney on the ECB overseas placement scheme, scoring over 500 runs for Cambelltown Camden Ghosts in the top level of the highly competitive Sydney grade cricket competition.
His total was topped up at the weekend with 113, his second century of the winter, as he made 113 from 132 balls, with his club consolidating their position in the top four.
1⃣1⃣3⃣ at the weekend and now a call up to play for the South next month.
It really has been a good week for Ollie Pope!
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) February 6, 2018
“It was a pretty bouncy wicket at Waverley and they had a good attack, so it was enjoyable,” said the 20-year-old former England Under-19s wicketkeeper, who established himself in Surrey’s 50-over team last season and also made six first-class appearances, including a maiden first-class century against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
“They had Nic Maddinson in their side and also Peter Nevill wicketkeeping, so it was interesting to watch how he went about his business.”
As well as Maddinson and Pope, an idea of the standard Pope is playing at is given by his previous century, which came in October against a St George CC attack that included former Australian Test bowler Trent Copeland.
Pope replaces Hampshire and England all-rounder Liam Dawson in the South team, with Dawson opting to take up a contract in the Pakistan Super League.