It’s here! March is the month that cricket returns to the UK after a long winter without hearing leather on willow on our shores.
As well Surrey’s pre-season friendlies, we will still have cricket to watch from around the world in the form of England internationals.
Here we’ll take you through the best of what’s to come in March involving Surrey players.
Surrey pre-season friendlies
Surrey’s professional squad have moved in to the marquee on the edge of the Kia Oval square in order to train in warm weather and on grass ahead of the season.
This will ramp up even further with two pre-season friendlies away from home in the second half of the month. First we’ll play a three-day match with Sussex at Hove, starting on Wednesday 23rd March, then we’ll face Middlesex in a two-day fixture at Merchant Taylors’ School from the 28th March.
These matches will not have first-class status so expect more than 11 players to feature for each team depending on what each player requires from the match.
Women’s Cricket World Cup
The Women’s Cricket World Cup begins in New Zealand on Friday 4th March with England to begin against Australia on Saturday.
Surrey Women Sophia Dunkley and Nat Sciver will both be important to England’s fortunes as they seek to defend the trophy they famously lifted at Lord’s in 2017. Sciver is vice-captain and was at her best in a warm-up fixture on Monday as they defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs.
UK viewers can watch the tournament on Sky Sports and we will provide regular updates should our players stand out. Click here to see the schedule.
England Tests in West Indies
England’s men will play three Tests in the Caribbean this month, hoping to get back on track following a chastening experience at the recent Ashes series in Australia. Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope are the representatives from Surrey’s squad.
Foakes is back in the squad following an almost year-long absence on the international scene largely owing to a hamstring injury last summer and Pope keeps his place in the squad having been a regular in recent times.
Rory Burns was not selected for the tour and will train with Surrey while Sam Curran was not considered due to a lower back injury that he is currently in rehab for.
Indian Premier League
Jason Roy has now pulled out of the Indian Premier League but Chris Jordan will still be there from a Surrey perspective. Jordan was picked up by Chennai Super Kings at last month’s Mega Auction in India. Our recent Head Coach Vikram Solanki is now Director of Cricket at new franchise Gujarat Titans.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on the 26th March and continue until the 29th May, with TV coverage provided by Sky Sports for UK viewers.