Saturday, 7 May 2011

Time to make it four in a row

Surrey's 12 man squad for tomorrow's CB40 game against Leicestershire, their 5th game in 12 days, has been named and while there's no room for Gareth Batty, Ramps or Tremlett, Stuart Meaker is named. I suspect Ramps' limited overs workload will be reduced this season, certainly while he gets back to peak fitness after his injury layoff.

The squad, and team that I expect to be named tomorrow is as follows:

Rory Hamilton-Brown
Steven Davies
Jason Roy
Zander de Bruyn
Tom Maynard
Gary Wilson
Matthew Spriegel
Chris Schofield
Yasir Arafat
Jade Dernbach
Stuart Meaker

12th man: Tim Linley

After the performance in the Championship game this week in which we blasted Leicestershire away with four frontline seamers, there may be a temptation to drop one of Schofield or Spriegel and pick Linley as well. I wouldn't be against that, in fact I like that kind of attacking approach, but given Adams' selections in one day cricket over the last couple of years I don't think he'll go that route. If he does, I hope it isn't Spriegel who is left out, he's made a really good start in this competition.

Hamilton-Brown will be desperate for some runs, since his 74 against Northants in his first innings of the season he hasn't passed 50 once, and managed just two runs in last weekend's two CB40 games. After such an outstanding CB40 campaign last year he'll be disappointed with his start this year. Him aside the top six is looking in good form, although Wilson hasn't had much time at the crease lately, and with Schofield's good form with the bat Adams may elect to go with him instead. I'm actually surprised an additional out-and-out batsman wasn't named, a Harinath or Lancefield perhaps, as an insurance policy.

Leicestershire have only won one of their first four CB40 games, against Scotland, and they've been guilty of allowing sides to get a hold of their bowlers. Only Hoggard and Henderson have maintained run rates below 6. On the batting front again it has been largely about James Taylor who already has one excellent hundred against Warwickshire to go alongside two fifties, but Josh Cobb has also chipped in with useful runs. They are a decent side but the defeat inside three days may have hit their confidence and Surrey need to try and exploit that.

Surrey have all the momentum and all the confidence, there's no reason why we can't make it three CB40 wins out of three and four wins on the bounce - ten days is a long time in cricket! Much will depend on the wicket, if the same wicket is used as for the Championship game it may have lost some of its spice but should still have some life, but whatever the surface we should have enough about us to come out on top.

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