Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Surrey v Derbyshire

Pedro Collins and Andre Nel back. And some bloke called Ramprakash...

It will be a different side we face tomorrow, with Nel playing despite undergoing surgery next week for his elbow injury. I'd hoped that Ramps might have sciatica after his mammoth innings against Leicestershire, but it looks like we'll need to get him out twice to win this one, no mean feat.

The Surrey squad is:

Stewart Walters (captain)
Michael Brown
Jonathan Batty
Mark Ramprakash
Usman Afzaal
Chris Murtagh
Chris Jordan
Chris Schofield
Simon King
Andre Nel
Jade Dernbach
Tim Linley
Pedro Collins

With a short boundary and a good track this will be a high scoring game and we will need to be at our best to get a result.

No news about our side as yet, but I'd expect Messrs Wagg, Groenewald and Jones, all rested today, to return alongside Wayne Madsen. We may go with four seamers, with neither Jake Needham or Mark Lawson convincing as spinners of late. With Wagg, Smith, Redfern and Madsen all able to bowl spin, it is less of an issue. If they're all fit, I'd expect to see this side take the field tomorrow:

Chris Rogers
Wayne Madsen
Garry Park
Dan Redfern
Wavell Hinds
Greg Smith
Graham Wagg
Tom Poynton
Tim Groenewald
Steffan Jones
Nantie Hayward

On a different tack, did you see the Kent v Middlesex scores today? If that was Derby, we'd have been docked points already. Mind you, four of those dismissals were run outs, which suggests there was some poor running going on too. Guess there'll be a result now, just hope it goes to Middlesex which, as the man said who went to the library via the vegetable shop, would be a turnip for the books...

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