Friday, 21 May 2010

Surrey vs Glamorgan - squad named

Surrey have named their squad for the game today and Sunday's with Glamorgan and Lancashire. Its a considerably weaker squad today for the absence of Steve Davies who has been excellent at the top of the order - but he will return for the Lancashire game.

Rory Hamilton-Brown
Stewart Walters
Mark Ramprakash
Usman Afzaal
Laurie Evans
Matthew Spriegel
Gary Wilson
Gareth Batty
Chris Tremlett
Andre Nel
Jade Dernbach

Bench: Chris Schofield, Tim Linley

I have a real concern that if RHB, Ramps and Afzaal don't fire, or even if only one of them fires, that this side will be taken to the cleaners pretty rapidly. Walters did a good job of shepherding the side home against Lancashire, and it remains to be seen whether he'll slot back into the middle order with Afzaal opening or vice-versa, perhaps even Evans might open up if he's picked. If Ramprakash can continue his stunning week and RHB can carry on with his rapid-fire starts, we could post a decent total.

The Glamorgan squad is a pretty strong one: Allenby, Cosgrove, Dalrymple, Maynard, Wright, Rees, Brown, Wallace, Harrison, Owen, Cosker, Ashling and Waters. The absence of James Harris, who is on Lions duty, is a big blow for them - both sides are down one star thanks to the Lions! Cosgrove and Maynard are bot averaging 50+ in the CB40 and Allenby found some form in the championship game this week. Their bowling doesnt on paper look very strong, but neither does our batting, so it should be a fairly even match. Though the fact that Surrey haven't won in Cardiff since 2003 and the last match saw a comfortable win for Glamorgan doesn't bode well.

The game is live on Sky too, so its a good chance for Hamilton-Brown to show off his captaincy in front of the cameras! The game starts at 4.30pm and will be shown on Sky Sports 3.


Wes said...

Congrats on the... umm.. draw ^^ No really, amazing performance by the Rampmaster, I am glad Strauss and Newman batted reasonably.

But now, you have no chance. COZPOWER! Hehe.

~ Play For Country Not For Self ~

GreenJJ said...

I cannot wait to see 'the Coz', if you will, on telly tonight, its going to be a real event! I bet he hits our bowlers around for fun too, but it'll be entertaining!

Wes said...

Well he likes to accumulate the runs quickly, he likes the big mighty ones. I think that's also his biggest weakness. Envying you. I want to see it :(