A hugely impressive all round performance from Surrey over the last two days saw them cruise to their second Championship win of the season. That it was achieved at a canter, with Maynard cracking a six to win with 7 wickets in hand, is testament to some impressive batting and bowling.
Principle among those impressing today was Matt Dunn. The 19 year old quick bowler should have been in the side from the word go in my view but since replacing Dernbach he has been hugely impressive. On Championship debut he returned figures of 5-56 including the wicket of Wes Durston which triggered the collapse of six wickets for 59 runs. Tim Linley also bowled superbly, in truth he probably earned some of Dunn's wickets for him by going at just 1.6 runs an over, although Linley himself finished with 4-26 to complete a his first 10 wicket haul. Derbyshire were blown away for 99.
The aggressive batting that made a result even possible yesterday then made another appearance as Surrey re-emerged with the target just 142 runs. Roy and Hamilton-Brown's opening stand of 62 in six overs belied the nature of a pitch on which Derbyshire struggled. Although they were both out within an over of each other, de Bruyn and Ramprakash saw the side almost home before Maynard stepped up to finish the job.
Derbyshire are one of the weakest sides in Division Two, certainly one that we should be beating, so the result itself should not come as a surprise, but the manner in which we came back from a very lacklustre first innings bowling performance did, and a pleasant surprise it was too. I've been complaining of late that when we force an opening we have failed to take advantage of it, well today they did just that, and huge credit to the whole side.
This is just the beginning though, we need to win probably five or our remaining nine games to be in with a promotion chance, that is no mean feat. The win today is a great way to start the push.