Friday, May 24, 2024

Surrey vs Worcestershire: Full Preview – Kia Oval

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Surrey face Worcestershire in their third successive Vitality County Championship match at The Kia Oval.

Surrey will be looking to make it three home wins on the trot and four victories from four after last week’s success over Warwickshire.

Play will get underway at 11:00am each day, with gates opening at 10:00am. Tickets for the match can be purchased here.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP WITH THE MATCH?

The game will be broadcast live on Surrey’s YouTube channel. A link to the stream will be placed on the Surrey Match Centre and social media channels.

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

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

SURREY SQUAD

Surrey name an unchanged 13-player squad for the visit of Worcestershire.

LAST TIME OUT

Surrey beat Warwickshire by nine wickets in a maximum point victory to send them top of Division One.

Jordan Clark took 4/65 as Surrey bowled Warwickshire out for 343. Ed Barnard scored a gritty 108 to help Warwickshire from 167/6 to 343 all out.

Jamie Smith scored an incredible 155 as Surrey scored 464 – claiming maximum batting points. Smith’s century was supplemented by Dom Sibley (64), Ben Foakes (52) and Sean Abbott’s 55 not out. Warwickshire seamer Craig Miles took five wickets before injury struck.

Kemar Roach – so often the Bears’ nemesis, took an incredible 6/46 as the Bears were bowled out for 209. Roach shattered the stumps three times in a spell to remove the Warwickshire middle-order to set up victory.

Surrey knocked off the required 89 runs for the loss of one wicket less than 30 minutes into the final day to give them 24 points.

WORCESTERSHIRE

The Pears sit seventh in the table, having drawn four matches and lost one of their opening five matches of the season.

Captain: Brett D’Oliveira

Head Coach: Alan Richardson

2023 finish: Second (Division Two)

2023 highest run-scorer: Jake Libby (1153)

2023 highest wicket-taker: Joe Leach (48)

The Worcestershire players will be wearing the number 33 on their shirts underneath the badge for the rest of the season in honour of Josh Baker, who sadly passed away at the start of the month.

The best wishes of everybody at Surrey CCC are with Josh’s family, friends and everybody connected with Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

LAST TIME OUT VS WORCESTERSHIRE

Surrey and Worcestershire will meet this week for the first time since 2018 – a match that saw Surrey clinch their first County Championship crown since 2002.

Morne Morkel scored the winning runs as Surrey won a tight game by three wickets as the title celebrations started.

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