Thursday, 8 April 2010

Surrey squad for Derbyshire game tomorrow

Chris Adams has named the squad for the first County Championship game starting at 11am tomorrow (at long last!), few names missing very disappointingly, no Rao yet, no Tremlett and no Michael Brown:

Rory Hamilton-Brown (c)
Arun Harinath
Matthew Spriegel
Mark Ramprakash
Usman Afzaal
Steven Davies (wk)
Gareth Batty
Stuart Meaker
Jade Dernbach
Andre Nel
Tim Linley
Chris Schofield

I maintain that I don't think Linley offers enough of a wicket taking threat. He keeps it nice and tight, but just doesn't take wickets, and wickets is what we need people! I fear that squad could be a batsman light, thought I suppose if Schofield and Spriegel continue their form of the last part of last season we might be ok.

To hear that Tremlett's workload is 'being managed' is a bit worrying at such an early stage, I'd have thought a good start to the season to give some momentum would be the priority. Clearly Adams doesn't think he's up to a four day game just yet, I'd like to know a bit more on that situation.

The Derbyshire squad looks pretty evenly matched with our lads too:

Chris Rogers
Wayne Madsen
Paul Borrington
Garry Park
Greg Smith
Dan Redfern
Robin Peterson
Chesney Hughes
Graham Wagg
Lee Goddard
Tim Groenewald
Steffan Jones
Mark Footitt

Not world beaters, but some real quality in there. Rogers is a class act, pure and simple. Peterson has international pedigree and Graham Wagg is a threat. Depends on the pitch, but this one could be headed for a draw. Though with a few days sunshine forecast ahead we should get all the overs in, so you never know!


Rich said...

Very average Surrey team...opening with Spriegel & Harinath - More pressure on Ramps anyone?!

Anyway, we're bowling first and I just hope that Nel fires!

GreenJJ said...

Well it gives one of them a chance to stake a claim to open alongside Brown when he's back I suppose, but they aren't scaring anyone! Come on the business!

Rich said...

Doesn't look like we're getting Rogers out....just need to get everyone out around him!!

GreenJJ said...

Rogers is too good for this lot. Infuriating not to have Rao for this game, he's only signed for three games and he's missing one...what's going on there? Either this pitch is another lifeless road, or our seam attack (which as someone points out elsewhere is the same as the one that only took 20 wickets in a game once last season) is less-than-threatening. Ah well!

Rich said...

Agreed. He must be having a field day against Jade / Linley / Meaker and now RHB. We need Tremlett to get fit and find some early form.