2018 Player Recaps: Morkel - Roy

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2018 has been a summer Surrey fans and players alike will remember for a long time to come but what were the biggest moments throughout the season?

Our first Specsavers County Championship title in 16 years, with 10 wins and nine consecutively, means 2018 really was a golden summer.

21 players featured in red ball cricket with another five on top of that group across both white ball formats, of which 15 have come through Surrey's own system.

Click here to see how Gareth Batty, Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran & Tom Curran all did this year.

You can see the reviews of Theunis de Bruyn, Matt Dunn, Dean Elgar, Aaron Finch & Ben Foakes here.

Arun Harinath, Will Jacks, Nic Maddinson, Stuart Meaker & Conor McKerr are discussed here.

Here's the fourth in a series that will look at how each player fared this summer, starting at the beginning of the alphabet.

Morne Morkel

59 wickets at an average of just 14.32 in the Specsavers County Championship. The South African quite simply dominated batsmen throughout Division One.

Arriving at the start of the season with an injury, Morkel battled back to fitness incredibly quickly and managed 10 red ball appearances as well as 13 across the two white ball competitions.

It was obviously in the four-day game in which he had the most impact, turning the tide particularly in the second innings of matches against Yorkshire, Lancashire and Worcestershire on his way to four five-wicket hauls.

Surrey were behind the eight-ball at the midway point in the match both at Scarborough and New Road but inspired second innings spells against Division One's biggest names meant a manageable fourth innings chase in both games.

In Lancashire's visit to the Kia Oval, the red rose were the ones hunting down the score and with 96 needed on the final day with five wickets in hand Morkel was at his fierce best. He claimed all five to end up with six in the innings as Surrey sealed a six run win that eventually had a major impact at both ends of the table.

Ryan Patel

An entirely first-class summer for Patel in terms of first team cricket, the all-rounder made nine appearances in the four-day competition scoring 255 runs and taking eight wickets.

Six of Patel's wickets came in just one 3.5 over burst as Surrey blew away Somerset to end the 16-year Guildford curse.

The medium paced seamer got the ball to talk from the Pavilion End as the visitors went from 169/4 to 180 all out in their first innings at the outground. After removing set batsmen Edward Byrom and Steve Davies, the tail were made light work of for one of the most special moments of the summer.

Mat Pillans

The right-arm quick was a key component in Surrey's Vitality Blast season with ten wickets in nine matches across the group stage.  His best form in the tournament came at the start of the group stage with three wickets each against Kent, Essex & Sussex.

Pillans' only first-class appearance of the season for Surrey was against West Indies A and he has spent the final period of the season at Yorkshire ahead of a permanent move to Headingley for next season.

Ollie Pope

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a near-perfect start to his first-class career since making his County Championship debut in August 2017.

Having starred predominantly in white ball cricket in the last two seasons, Pope set about making his name in whites this summer with 1098 runs in just 21 innings.

He scored four centuries in the Division One success and ended the competition with an average of 70.42, the best of all batsmen to have played more than five innings. That's the kind of form that saw him receive his first two England caps in August and he's now been recalled for this winter's tour of Sri Lanka.

His one-day skills didn't go to waste either with a number of unorthodox shots entertaining big crowds at the Kia Oval in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and the Vitality Blast.

Jason Roy

As an England opener in white ball cricket, Roy's stock is incredibly high at the moment. That's what saw him spend the early summer at the Indian Premier League before his international commitments took over.

His powerful striking was on show for much of the Vitality Blast though as he shared two incredible opening partnerships with the equally powerful Aaron Finch. The pair put on 194 together against Middlesex and 120 in the tournament-high score of 250 at Kent.

Even though the County Championship title was already sealed by the time Roy put on his whites, he ended the season with a glimpse of his ability against the red ball.

196 runs in just three innings including an 128 with 21 boundaries at the Kia Oval left fans licking their lips at what they may see in 2019.