WCC CRICKET UPDATE
Although the season has ended for Weybridge, the County Championship is still being played and Surrey are in a great position to win the Division Two Title on the last day of their final match. The Surrey Squad boasts several Weybridge players in its ranks and they are all going from strength to strength in world of cricket. International call ups, extraordinary feats and amazing haircuts!
Please read below news of their exploits, which have made the national press and keep them all on their path to glory. Some of the news has been tempered by disappointment but there are always hurdles on the way to the top.
Just to add to the mix, there is a piece from 2013, when Scotland were routed in a Yorkshire Bank 40 over game with all ten wickets going to Weybridge bowlers!
County Championship: Curran brothers put Surrey on title course
Brothers Tom and Sam Curran combined to bowl Northants out for just 110 as Surrey took control at The Oval and closed in on the Division Two title. Tom took 7-35 and Sam 3-46 as the visitors were forced to follow-on after being dismissed in 29.5 overs. Surrey added 32 runs in the morning from 378-8 before they were bowled out for 410. Following-on, Rob Newton fell third-ball but Ben Duckett (116no) and Alex Wakely (93no) recovered to 223-1.
Brothers in arms
|Tom and Sam Curran are the first brothers to share all 10 wickets in an innings since WG and EM Grace bowled Surrey out for Gloucestershire at The Oval in 1871.|
It was a day of double celebration for Sam Curran, who was selected for the England Under-19 squad for a tri-series in Sri Lanka in December. For Tom, his first-innings figures were his second seven-wicket haul in first-class cricket and were only marginally more expensive than his career best 7-20 against Gloucestershire in June. His impressive form continued at the start of Northants’ follow-on as Newton edged him behind to Gary Wilson without scoring. But it proved to be the last wicket of the day as Duckett reached his century in 123 balls and captain Wakely moved to within seven runs of his own ton by stumps to reduce the deficit to 77 runs.
SURREY TEENAGER SAM CURRAN HAS BEEN NAMED IN THE ENGLAND U19 SQUAD TO PLAY A TRI-SERIES AGAINST SRI LANKA AND INDIA THIS WINTER.
Curran, 17, who has enjoyed a breakthrough year this season after being named the 2014 Academy Player of the Year, will go on the tour in preparation for the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh in January and February next year.
His Academy colleague Ollie Pope, captain of Surrey’s national champion U17 One Day side and a regular in the Second XI all summer, has also been named in the England Development Programme Winter Training Squad, which will meet at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough for a series of training camps.
Surrey Academy Director Gareth Townsend said: “Having had an outstanding season with the First XI – in all formats of the game – this selection is fully deserved and recognition for Sam’s progression. The experience gained from this summer will stand him in good stead for what lies ahead, which hopefully will be an U19 World Cup in January and February.
“Ollie Pope has been impressive this summer, leading the U17s in their national One Day Cup victory whilst also performing well in the Second XI. Both with bat and the gloves we have seen a real positive improvement and this winter will hopefully compliment his time with us on the Academy and will see further growth in him for the 2016 summer.”
England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, added: “The tour to Sri Lanka before Christmas represents the last chance for the players to impress ahead of the final selection of the squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in January and February next year.
“We have selected a strong squad based on performances against Australia under-19s this summer, alongside giving opportunities to a couple of players who haven’t featured at this level before. It is now down to them to show that they deserve to be named in the World Cup squad when that is announced towards the end of December.
“The tri-series involving Sri Lanka and India under-19s will present a tough challenge, and it is a further learning opportunity for all the players in sub-continent conditions. It should be a great tour and a precursor to what they can expect in Bangladesh during the World Cup next year.
“The ten players selected to take part in the additional EDP camps this winter have been identified as having a lot of potential, based on their performances for their counties and during the EDP under-17s Super 4s competition this summer. The short camps will now give them an insight into what it takes to be involved with the EDP and what it is like to train in a high performance environment at the NCPC in Loughborough.”
SURREY ALL-ROUNDER ZAFAR ANSARI HAS BEEN RULED OUT OF ENGLAND’S TEST SERIES AGAINST PAKISTAN IN THE UAE.
The decision was taken on medical advice after Ansari dislocated his left thumb in Surrey’s recent LV=County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
The decision was made after the player saw a hand specialist yesterday and underwent an MRI scan. He will now undergo further rehabilitation and his injury will be re-assessed by ECB and Surrey CCC medical staff in approximately three weeks’ time. A decision on his participation in the EPP and Lions tours of UAE will be made in due course. He has been replaced in the squad by Notttinghamshire’s Samit Patel.
Commenting on the decision, National Selector James Whitaker said: “The timing of this injury, on the day his selection was announced, was particularly cruel for Zafar and he is naturally extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the tour. The ECB and Surrey medical staff will supervise his rehabilitation closely and we all hope that he will be able to take up his place in the EPP and Lions squads for their trips to UAE later in the year.”
Roy & Curran dismantle Scotland
A cavalier 113 from Jason Roy was the highlight of a crushing 100-run win for Surrey in a Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B match against an outclassed Scotland at The Oval. The 23-year-old Roy completed his fourth List A hundred from just 77 balls and overall hit two sixes and 16 fours in his 86-ball innings as Surrey reached 303 all out from 39.1 overs before bowling Scotland out for 203. Tom Curran finished with 5 for 34 from 6.1 overs and Zafar Ansari 4 for 42 as Scotland, given a decent start as openers Hamish Gardiner and Freddie Coleman put on 94 inside 18 overs, lost wickets in quick succession in a vain attempt to get close to Surrey’s huge total.
Coleman made 53 before he was fourth out at 123, leg-before to seamer Curran, the 18-year-old son of former Zimbabwe allrounder Kevin Curran. It was Curran’s maiden senior wicket, in his second YB40 appearance, and he soon added the scalp of Moneeb Iqbal who was bowled for 16 as Scotland’s slide continued apace. Later Curran returned to bowl Majid Haq, Craig Wallace for a 20-ball 35 and Calvin Burnett to return the best List A bowling figures for Surrey for four years.
Left arm spinner Ansari’s victims were Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod stumped for 7, Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen and Gordon Goudie for a duck. Both Berrington and Mommsen were caught by Curran, who thoroughly enjoyed his afternoon in a game that will have no bearing on qualification for the YB40 semi-finals. Surrey, indeed, were more interested in getting meaningful match practice ahead of Tuesday’s important Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Somerset and after winning the toss they saw Roy, Steven Davies and Vikram Solanki take full advantage of an unthreatening Scotland attack.
Davies pulled Haq’s off-spin for two sixes in the sixth over and there was also an early maximum for Roy as he raced to fifty from 39 balls. The pair had put on 91 for Surrey’s first wicket inside 11 overs when Davies was caught off fast bowler Goudie for 31. Solanki then hit a six and eight fours in his 63 from 47 balls, adding a further 126 in 14 overs for the second wicket with Roy, who completed his hundred in the 23rd over. Both Roy and Solanki were caught at long-on attempting to hit seamer Burnett into a sparse crowd and the rest of the Surrey innings fell away somewhat, with only Jon Lewis’s 20-ball 25, a late six by Gareth Batty and a six-run penalty against Scotland for not bowing their 40 overs within a time limit taking them past 300.
Gardiner, a 22-year-old on his List A debut, pulled Lewis for six and also drove Batty over extra cover for one of his five fours in a promising 48 from 56 balls before being bowled heaving across the line at Batty, and Coleman also batted well for his 53 off 71 balls with six fours. Some late blows from Wallace and Burnett, though, were all that Scotland could offer as Curran and Ansari carved through the rest of their batting order, and the end came in the 36th over of their reply.