SURREY IN THE PAPERS: PRESS REACTION
SURREY’S SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP WIN ON THURSDAY ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF THE WIDER CRICKETING WORLD AND IT’S REFLECTED IN THIS MORNING’S BACK PAGES.
With corks popping at New Road shortly after Morne Morkel’s winning runs, there were a number of journalists already providing their reaction to the events of the day and the season.
With your first title in 16 years comes a whole host of stories and they have been told across media outlets today.
The BBC took us through the intervening period since the last success in 2002 and spoke to Rory Burns, Michael Di Venuto and Alec Stewart for their thoughts.
Photos from inside the changing room dominated today’s Cricket Paper and the sport sections of the Guardian, Times and Independent.
“Under the inscrutable gaze of the ancient cathedral and the still-yet-green trees that line the banks of the Severn it was down to Morne Morkel to carry Surrey over the line.”
It was Tanya Aldred who wrote this in The Guardian, describing the picturesque scene in sunny Worcester as the crowning moment came.
George Dobell of CricInfo focused on the effect of Club Captain Rory Burns, who is the top run scorer in the competition and has now passed 1000 first-class runs for five consecutive seasons.
Burns, along with Jade Dernbach, was keen to point out the impact that Gareth Batty’s stewardship in recent years has had on the current crop.
Batty hasn’t played in the Specsavers County Championship this season but his captaincy between 2015 and 2017 steered the Club back to Division One.
The Evening Standard reminded everyone just how special this week has been for Surrey after the unforgettable Test match held at the Kia Oval that ended on Tuesday.
The world was a very different place when Surrey last lifted one of cricket’s most cherished trophies. The Cricketer looks back on that time and ahead to the future.
Scyld Berry of The Daily Telegraph was also in attendance at New Road and painted a picture of the celebrations which saw Surrey players on the changing room balcony singing down towards the fans gathered in the stands.
Seven of the eleven involved for Surrey in Worcester were home-grown players with the likes of Sam Curran and Jason Roy unavailable. This impressive statistic wasn’t missed by Ed Malyon of the Independent.
Finally, we’ll leave you with BBC commentator, and voice of the club for 15 years, Mark Church enjoying a bear hug with Rikki Clarke because, why not?