Ok, so it was a bit of a contrived win today, but if anything we gave Gloucestershire a cracking chance in only setting 260 as the target. It was a very competitive declaration and when Gloucs were cruising with Dent and Marshall going well, it looked horribly misjudged.
However Jade Dernbach, with two in two balls right at the end, won it for Surrey. He's blown seriously hot and seriously cold this season but 46 wickets at 29 is a decent return. Schofield chipped in with four as well, which incredibly is the first time a Surrey spinner has taken more than three wickets in the second innings this season - that encapsulates quite how much we've struggled in that particular area.
Earlier Tom Lancefield hit his highest score since the Worcestershire game, and Hamilton-Brown hit a rapid 50 against some very gentle declaration bowling, Kevin Pietersen (who had earlier tweeted his opposition to playing at all in this weather!) didn't even get a second bat - three first class innings looks to have been his lot for Surrey!
So we finish on 159 points, four ahead of Middlesex and 11 better than last season. Four wins to last year's one but 6 defeats to last year's four speaks of a team well short of experience. This season has been far from a triumph, make no mistake, but it does feel like its been an improvement, if only a very small one.
I'm gutted its the end of the season, it hasn't been the most enjoyable season from a Surrey perspective, but it has been fun and I'm going to miss county cricket for the next many months! I'm compiling plenty of stats as we speak, so I'll be doing player-by-player reviews, and some end of season awards as well!
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