Into the Lions’ Den: Surrey are English cricket’s entertainers

11:01 25 May 2012

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Surrey's Rory Hamilton-Brown acknowledges the crowd on his way back to the pavillion

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In a couple of Twenty20 games against Kent and Essex last season, the difference in quality of fielding between the two sides was painfully stark.

No matter what you think of Chris Adams and Rory Hamilton-Brown’s charges, you can’t accuse them of being boring. They are the very epitome of the modern cricketing side. Supremely fit, athletic and with talent to burn.

In limited overs cricket this makes us a deadly outfit, particularly in 40 over games where they are able to strike the ideal balance between attack and circumspection. As a Twenty20 outfit our top order wouldn’t look out of place in the IPL, except we don’t have a glut of superstar internationals to call on. Yet.

We’re also probably one of the finest fielding sides on the county circuit. In a couple of Twenty20 games against Kent and Essex last season, the difference in quality of fielding between the two sides was painfully stark.

So where does that leave us in the Championship? The pinnacle (for most people at least) of English cricket requires the most delicate of balancing acts between attack and defence. I think it’s fair to say we haven’t quite found the right balance yet – but we are certainly a lot better placed now than we were two years ago.

The current game against Warwickshire is a case in point. We may yet win, lose or draw this game but after a daft capitulation on a flat track in the first innings the Surrey of 2010 would have let their heads drop and rolled over in the second innings. Not so this side. A season and a half of tough cricket has drilled more of a work ethic into them and the fight and heart on display is plain for all to see.

There’s still plenty of work to do mind you, make no mistake. Adams and the captain would be the first to admit that this season we haven’t been up to the mark in the first innings. And we also developed an irritating habit of letting tail end batsmen score too many runs against us, a habit that we don’t look like shaking any time soon.

So we’re still on a journey with Surrey. It’s a journey that at times has been painful, even tearful and definitely frustrating, but so far it’s been one hell of a ride!

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