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Di Venuto labels defeat ’embarrassing’

Published: 12th September, 2019

Head Coach Michael Di Venuto said Surrey played ‘some of the worst cricket he has ever seen’ in this week’s Specsavers County Championship defeat to Hampshire.

Surrey fell to a 272 run defeat within three days despite bowling their opponents out for just 149 in the first innings of the match.

Having failed to capitalise on that first innings bowling effort with the bat, Surrey fell behind in the match in the third innings as James Vince and Sam Northeast capitalised on some slack bowling to build a lead of 423.

Surrey couldn’t muster much of a response, finding themselves all out for 151 within 50 overs.

Speaking to the BBC’s Mark Church after the match, Di Venuto said: “It’s embarrassing. I’ve been involved in a lot of cricket in my life and what we’ve dished up there in the last two days is some of the worst cricket I’ve ever seen.

“If you look at our position in the table, how we’ve played cricket the majority of the year, the averages of the players then it’s clear we’re carrying a lot of people in a cricket team. You just can’t do that and we don’t have enough players in good form.

“There’s one stand out in Ollie Pope who showed his skill in this game but there aren’t too many other positives to come out of this game.

“I’ve told them exactly what I’ve said here and they should be embarrassed. We’ve got eight days of cricket left and for some of them it’s really important for them to get something out of this season and looking forward to next year.”

Surrey are next in action in the Specsavers County Championship on Monday when they travel to Chelmsford to face title-chasing Essex.

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