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The focus shifts to red-ball cricket as Surrey travel north to take on Worcestershire in the County Championship fixture at New Road.

Rory Burns’ side will be aiming to return to winning ways and keep the pace at the top of the table.


Play will get underway at 11:00am each day, and the game will be streamed live on Worcestershire’s YouTube channel. A link to the stream will be placed on the Surrey Match Centre and shared on the Club’s social media channels.

Surrey Cricket’s social media channels will provide live updates from New Road, with match updates and clips posted throughout.

At the end of play on each day, a written report with highlights will be published. A live text commentary section will be available on the Match Centre.

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Surrey have named a 14-strong squad to visit New Road, Spencer Johnson extends his stay for a week and is available for this week’s fixture against Worcestershire.


Worcestershire sit eighth in the Division One standings, above Lancashire and Kent. The Pears are still looking for their first win in the County Championship, having lost two games – one of which was against Surrey at The Kia Oval – and drawn five.

Captain: Brett D’Oliveira

Head Coach: Alan Richardson

2023 finish: Second (Division Two)

2024 highest run-scorer: Kashif Ali (399)

2024 highest wicket-taker: Nathan Smith (19)


Before the start of the T20 season, Surrey succumbed to their first defeat of the County Championship campaign at the hands of Hampshire in Southampton.

The hosts reduced the Three Feathers to 127 all out, with Kyle Abbott taking 5 for 25. Centuries from Toby Albert (114), Nick Gubbins (103), and Ben Brown (165) gave Hampshire a lead of 481 runs before Liam Dawson (4/45) and Felix Organ (5/104) bowled out Surrey for 203 and completed the victory.


Earlier this season, Surrey claimed a 281-run convincing victory over the Pears at The Kia Oval.

Counter-attacking knocks from Dan Lawrence (84), Ollie Pope (63), and Jordan Clark (42) pushed Surrey to 213 on a bowling-friendly day one.

When it was Surrey’s turn to bowl, Dan Worrall (6/22) took centre stage and made the Dukes dance, skittling the visitors for 128, with Brett D’Oliveira (30*) and Matthew Waite (35) offering the most resistance.

In the second innings, Rory Burns (70) and Dom Sibley (29) provided Surrey’s middle-order a solid foundation to kick on and boost their 85-run lead. Dynamic batting from Clark (98), Lawrence (87), Jamie Smith (72), and Sean Abbott (38) sky-rocketed Surrey’s advantage to 512 runs by the time they were all out.

Worrall carried forward his brilliant form and spearheaded the bowling attack, collecting 4 for 35 and completing a 10-wicket-haul in the match, as the Pears were dismissed for 231.