The SURREY SEASON IN NUMBERS
Surrey have had a season full of record breaking feats, both as individuals and as a team. Below is a summary of the key numbers from the summer.
With the ball, Surrey took 249 wickets in total across their 14 fixtures. Morne Morkel took 59 of those wickets in just ten matches at an average of 14.32 finishing the season as second highest wicket take rin Division One despite playing in just 20 innings. His four 5fers were the second most in Division One of the competition. With 47 wickets, Rikki Clarke took the second highest number of wickets for Surrey, followed by young off-spinner Amar Virdi with 39.
The most impressive figures of the season were from 20-year-old Ryan Patel, who took a 5fer within 11 balls during his spell against Somerset at Guildford Cricket Club.
Sam Curran, who missed some of the season due to his inclusion in the England squad to face India – in which he was named England’s Player of the Series – took career-first 10 wickets in a match against Yorkshire in May.
Throughout the year, Surrey had 9 different wicket takers; Dernbach, Morkel, Clarke, Patel, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Virdi, Dunn and McKerr.
Rory Burns lead from the front, scoring 1,359 runs opening the batting for Surrey. In a season that earned him an England call-up, Burns scored 270 more runs than any other player in Division One at an average of 64.71. In just 22 innings, Burns went past 50 11 times, with four of those times converting into centuries. His high score of 193 is his third highest first-class score to date.
His now England team-mate, Ollie Pope, ended the season as third highest run scorer in the competition, despite only appearing in 16 innings.
In total, Surrey had six centurions in the side in 2018: Burns, Pope, Stoneman, Clarke, Roy and Elgar.
Already noted for impressing with both bat and ball, Rikki Clarke – who is the only player in Surrey’s squad to have featured in a Championship winning season with the side before – was also second in Division One for the number of catches taken. Fielding in the slips, Clarke took 19 catches, with Scott Borthwick taking 13 catches in 14 games.
With a run of nine consecutive wins, equalling the record made by Surrey’s 1999 Championship winning side, Surrey were restricted from going one better by their penultimate game of the season against Somerset being abandoned due to adverse weather. Surrey remained unbeaten in 2018 until the final game of the season, winning ten matches in total.
In particular, the five times that Surrey won by an innings this season was impressive – making Captain Rory Burns’ run total an even more magnificent feat.