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Surrey County Cricket Club

Surrey CCC
Captain: Gareth Batty
Coach: Graham Ford
Colours: First-class:         
List A and T20:         
Founded: 1845
Home ground: The Oval, Kennington
Capacity: 23,500
Chief executive: Richard Gould
First-class debut: MCC
in 1846
at The Oval
Championship wins: 19 (including 1 shared)
Second Division Championship wins: 2
CB40/Pro40/Sunday League wins: 3
FP Trophy/NatWest Trophy wins: 1 (+3 Benson & Hedges Cup wins)
Twenty20 Cup wins: 1
Official website: Official website
Surrey's home ground the Oval, overlooked by the famous gasholders.

Surrey County Cricket Club is one of the 18 professional county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic first-class cricket structure. The club represents the historic county of Surrey.

Home of the club since its foundation in 1845 has been the Oval (currently known officially as the 'Kia Oval' following a sponsorship deal with the Kia Motors company), in the Kennington area of Lambeth in south London. The club also has two 'out grounds' where some home games are played each season: at Whitgift School, Croydon and at Woodbridge Road, Guildford.

Surrey CCC has had three notable periods of great success in its history. The club was unofficially proclaimed as "Champion County" seven times during the 1850s; it won the title eight times from 1887 to 1895 (including the first ever officially constituted County Championship in 1890); and seven consecutive outright titles from 1952 to 1958 inclusive following a shared title (with Lancashire) in 1950. In 1955, Surrey won 23 of its 28 county matches, a record that still stands and can no longer be bettered as counties have played fewer than 23 matches each season since 1993.[1] To date, Surrey has won the official County Championship 18 times outright, more than any other county except Yorkshire.

The club's traditional badge is the Prince of Wales's feathers. In 1915, Lord Rosebery obtained permission to use this symbol from the Prince of Wales, hereditary owner of the land on which the Oval stands.[2]

Gareth Batty is the current captain.


  • Honours 1
    • First XI 1.1
    • Second XI 1.2
  • History 2
    • Earliest cricket in the county 2.1
    • Formation and dominance in embryonic years of county cricket (1845–1864) 2.2
    • Decline and collapse (1866–1882) 2.3
    • Dominance in the early years of the Championship (1883–1899) 2.4
    • Limited success in the Hobbs era (1900–1939) 2.5
    • Post-war domination (1945–1958) 2.6
    • Famine and feast of glory (1959–2004) 2.7
    • Recent years (2005–present) 2.8
  • Badge, colours and name 3
  • Grounds 4
  • Rivalry with Middlesex 5
  • Finances 6
    • Sponsorship 6.1
  • Players 7
    • Current squad 7.1
    • Notable former players 7.2
    • Club captains 7.3
  • Non-playing staff 8
    • Presidents 8.1
    • Secretaries and chief executives 8.2
    • Coaching staff 8.3
    • Scorers 8.4
  • Records 9
    • First-class records 9.1
    • Limited overs records 9.2
    • Twenty20 records 9.3
  • References 10
    • Bibliography 10.1
    • Notes 10.2
  • External links 11
    • Independent sites 11.1


First XI

Second XI

  1. ^ An unofficial seasonal title sometimes proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted. Although there are ante-dated claims prior to 1873, when residence qualifications were introduced, it is only since that ruling that any quasi-official status can be ascribed.
  2. ^ Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006).
  3. ^ Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998).


Earliest cricket in the county

For more information about cricket in Surrey before the formation of Surrey CCC, see History of cricket to 1725 and Surrey county cricket teams.

It is widely believed that cricket was invented by children living on the Weald in Saxon or Norman times and that the game very soon reached neighbouring Surrey. Although not the game's birthplace, Surrey does claim the honour of being the location of its first definite mention in print. Evidence from a 1598 court case confirms that creckett was played by schoolboys on a certain plot of land in Guildford around 1550.[3] In 1611, King James I gave to his eldest son, Henry, Prince of Wales, the manors of Kennington and Vauxhall, where the home ground of Surrey – the Oval – is today. To this day, the Prince of Wales's feathers feature on the cricket club's badge.[4]

Cricket became well established in Surrey during the 17th century and the earliest village matches took place before the English Civil War. It is believed that the earliest county teams were formed in the aftermath of the Restoration in 1660. The earliest known first-class match in Surrey was Croydon v London at Croydon on 1 July 1707.[5] In 1709, the earliest known inter-county match took place between Kent and Surrey at Dartford Brent with £50 at stake. Surrey would continue to play cricket against other representative teams from that time onwards.[4] Probably its greatest players during the underarm era were the famous bowler Edward "Lumpy" Stevens and the wicket-keeper/batsman William Yalden, who both belonged to the Chertsey club.

Formation and dominance in embryonic years of county cricket (1845–1864)

Surrey CCC was founded on the evening of 22 August 1845 at the Horns Tavern in Honourable Fred Ponsonby, later the Earl of Bessborough was the first vice-president.

Surrey's inaugural first-class match was against the MCC at the Oval at the end of May, 1846.[6] The club's first inter-county match, against Kent, was held at the Oval the following month and Surrey emerged victorious by ten wickets.[7] However, the club did not do well that year, despite the extra public attractions at the Oval of a Walking Match and a Poultry Show. By the start of the 1847 season the club was £70 in debt and there was a motion to close. Ponsonby proposed that 6 life members be created for a fee of £12 each. His motion was duly passed, and the club survived.[8] The threat of construction on the Oval was also successfully dispelled in 1848 thanks to the intervention of Prince Albert.[4]

In 1854, Surrey secured a new 21-year lease on their home ground and Surrey went on to enjoy an exceptionally successful decade.[4] being “Champion County” seven times from 1850 to 1859 and again in 1864. In 1857, all nine matches played by the county resulted in victory. This was the time of great players like William Caffyn, Julius Caesar, HH Stephenson and Tom Lockyer, and a fine captain in Frederick Miller. An incident in 1862, at the instigation of Edgar Willsher in a match between Surrey and England, led to the introduction of overarm bowling into cricket.

Decline and collapse (1866–1882)

Following a brilliant season in 1864 when the team won eight and drew three of its eleven first-class matches, Surrey went into free-fall in the latter half of the 1860s, owing to the decline of key players Caesar, Stephenson and Mortlock and a puzzling inability to find quality bowlers to support the incomparable

Independent sites

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1993 edition, obituary of Stuart Surridge.
  2. ^ a b Williamson, Martin. "A brief history of Surrey".  
  3. ^ Altham (1962), ch. 1.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The History of Surrey County Cricket Club" (PDF). Surrey CCC. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825". Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scorecard of Surrey's first match".  
  7. ^ "Scorecard of Surrey's first inter-county match".  
  8. ^ Lemmon (1989), pp. 14–19.
  9. ^ a b Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume 17 (1870) p. 25
  10. ^ Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume 19 (1871); pp. 98–100
  11. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
  12. ^ "Highest Team Totals for Surrey".  
  13. ^ "Most Runs in an Innings for Surrey".  
  14. ^ "20,000 or More Runs in First-Class Cricket".  
  15. ^ "Most Centuries in First-Class Cricket".  
  16. ^ "Ojha seals Surrey's promotion".  
  17. ^ "Hamilton-Brown sets up Surrey triumph".   Retrieved 17 Sep 2011
  18. ^ "Cricketer Tom Maynard dies after being hit by London Underground train". BBC News. Retrieved 28 Sep 2015. 
  19. ^ "Gareth Batty: Surrey ready for Division One challenge". BBC. 25 September 2015.  Retrieved 28 Sep 2015
  20. ^ "One-Day Cup: Gloucestershire beat Surrey in Lord's final". BBC. 19 September 2015.  Retrieved 28 Sep 2015
  21. ^ "2011 SCCC Replica Kit". Surrey CCC. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Surrey Lions set for second coming".  
  23. ^ Upal, Sunni (7 July 2011). "Fixture list chaos is unacceptable: Sunni Upal". The Cricketer. 
  24. ^ Conn, David (19 September 2007). "Counties warm to salary-cap idea as gap widens between haves and have-nots".  
  25. ^ "County cricket faces financial woes".  
  26. ^ "Surrey announce pre-tax loss".  
  27. ^ "Surrey announces pre-tax profit".  
  28. ^ "Surrey announce record profit".  
  29. ^ a b c "Kia Announced as Lead Sponsor of Surrey County Cricket Club". Surrey CCC ( 2 December 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  30. ^ a b "Surrey Cricket hunts shirt sponsor after AMP drops out".  
  31. ^ "Surrey secure record sponsorship deal".  
  32. ^ "Current Sponsors & Partners". Surrey CCC. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  33. ^ a b c d "The Kia Oval, Kennington".  
  34. ^ "Computacenter step down as Main Club". Surrey CCC ( 7 January 2002. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  35. ^ "Surrey announce sponsorship deal". Surrey CCC ( 13 June 2003. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  36. ^ "Since 1867". Surridge Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  37. ^ "New Under Armour T20 kit launched". Surrey County Cricket Club. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  38. ^ "Squad". Surrey CCC. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  39. ^ "Somerset chief executive Richard Gould joins Surrey".  
  40. ^ Bolton, Paul (24 February 2011). "Somerset chief executive Richard Gould joins Surrey".  
  41. ^ "Surrey sack team director Chris Adams and coach Ian Salisbury with Alec Stewart taking over"
  42. ^ "Graham Ford Appointed Head Coach" Retrieved 18 October 2013


  • Lemmon, David (1989). The History of Surrey County Cricket Club. Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd.  
  • Surrey County Cricket Club First-Class Records 1846–2000, Limited Overs Records 1963–2000. Surrey CCC. 
  • Surrey CCC Yearbooks
  • Playfair Cricket Annual (various editions)
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (various editions)



For a list of Surrey's Twenty20 cricket records, see List of Surrey Twenty20 cricket records.

Twenty20 records

For a list of Surrey's List A cricket records, see List of Surrey List A cricket records.

Limited overs records

For a list of Surrey's first-class cricket records, see List of Surrey first-class cricket records.

First-class records


The club's current scorer is Keith Booth. Booth has filled the role since 1995.


It was announced that following the sacking of Adams Alec Stewart would take charge of first team affairs until a long term successor was found, with the bowling coach Stuart Barnes as his assistant.[41] In October 2013 the club announced that Graham Ford would become head coach in February 2014, with Stewart becoming Director of Cricket, a new position.[42]

The position of club cricket manager became vacant following the sacking of Chris Adams on 17 June 2013. The first team coach, Ian Salisbury, was also sacked. Adams had held the position since his appointment in 2008 after the sacking of Alan Butcher, who had been promoted from assistant in 2006 at a time when his son Mark was club captain. Micky Stewart, who also played for the club, had been the cricket manager from 1979 to 1986.

Coaching staff

No. Name Years
1 William Denison 1845–1848
2 John Burrup 1848–1855
3 William Burrup 1855–1872
4 C. W. Alcock 1872–1907
5 Brian Castor 1947–1957
6 Geoffrey Howard 1965–1975
7 W. H. Sillitoe 1975–1978
8 Ian Scott-Browne 1978–1989
9 David Seward 1989–1993
10 Glyn Woodman 1993–1995
11 Paul Sheldon 1995–2011
12 Richard Gould 2011–present
William Burrup, Hon. Sec. 1855–1872

The Chief Executive of Surrey CCC is the official who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the club. The position had formerly been called Secretary, but was changed in 1993. Current Chief Executive Richard Gould joined the club in 2011 after a six-year tenure at Somerset CCC.[39] Previous incumbent Paul Sheldon was in the job for 16 years and oversaw the construction of the OCS Stand during his time at the Oval.[40]

Secretaries and chief executives

The position of President is an honorary one. The President does not take a salary and is chosen from supporters of the club. Past holders of the seat have included former Prime Minister Sir John Major and a number of former players, an example of which is the 2011 President and 1960s Surrey slow left-arm bowler Roger Harman, who held the post for a single year, as has been customary in recent years. He was the 48th President.

For a list of Surrey's Presidents, see List of Presidents of Surrey CCC.


This list excludes those who are also listed above as famous players. Data is primarily taken from Surrey Yearbooks.

Non-playing staff

Surrey have had 38 club captains since 1846. The club captain leads the team on the field, unless he is on international duty, injured or otherwise unavailable. Surrey's most successful County Championship captain is Stuart Surridge who won the title in each year of his captaincy in a five-year run stretching from 1952 to 1956. In 2013 the new captain was Graeme Smith, who took over from Rory Hamilton-Brown. However, Smith was injured part way through the season and Gareth Batty captained the side in his absence.

For a complete list of officially appointed Surrey captains, see List of Surrey cricket captains.

Club captains

The following cricketers have made 200 or more appearances for Surrey in first-class, List A and Twenty20 cricket combined.

Notable former players

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
10 Arun Harinath  England (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 Left-handed Right arm off break
11 Kumar Sangakkara   Sri Lanka (1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 Left-handed Right arm off break Overseas player
20 Jason Roy  England (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 Right-handed Right-arm medium
24 Kevin Pietersen   England (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 Right-handed Right arm off break
45 Dominic Sibley  England (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 Right-handed Right arm leg break
8 James Burke  England (1991-01-25) 25 January 1991 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
11 Azhar Mahmood   Pakistan (1975-02-28) 28 February 1975 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast British passport; T20 matches only
13 Gareth Batty  England (1977-10-13) 13 October 1977 Right-handed Right arm off break Club captain
22 Zafar Ansari  England (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
47 Aneesh Kapil  England (1993-08-03) 3 August 1993 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
7 Ben Foakes  England (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 Right-handed
9 Steven Davies  England (1986-06-17) 17 June 1986 Left-handed
14 Gary Wilson  Ireland (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 Right-handed
17 Rory Burns*  England (1990-08-26) 26 August 1990 Left-handed Right arm medium
4 Matt Dunn  England (1992-05-05) 5 May 1992 Left-handed Right arm fast
5 Freddie van den Bergh  England (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
16 Jade Dernbach  England (1986-03-03) 3 March 1986 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
18 Stuart Meaker  England (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
58 Sam Curran  England (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 Left-handed Left-arm fast medium
59 Tom Curran  England (1995-03-12) 12 March 1995 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
84 David Balcombe  England (1984-12-24) 24 December 1984 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Mark Footitt  England (1985-11-25) 25 November 1985 Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
As of 14 July 2015.[38]

Current squad


  1. ^ Prior to 1989, no naming rights were attached to the Oval and it was called Kennington Oval.
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Oval name[note 1]
1989–1998 The Foster's Oval[33]
1998–1999 Computacenter[34]
2000 Exito
2001 The AMP Oval[33]
2002 AMP Limited[30]
2003 RAC[35]
2004–2010 Surridge Sport[36] Brit Insurance[29] The Brit Oval[33]
2010 Prostar Sports Kia[29] The Kia Oval[33]
2011–2012 MKK Sports
2013–2014 Surridge Sport
2015- Under Armour[37]

Surrey have maintained a number of relationship with sponsors over the years. The most prominent today are Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors and kit manufacturers Under Armour. Kia holds a shirt and ground sponsorship agreement with the club at the value of £3.5m over five years, which represents some improvement on the £250,000 received from Australian financial corporation AMP Limited and the £1,500,000-a-year deal with Brit plc that followed.[29][30][31] The club also holds arrangements with various other partners, such as Marston's Pedigree and BBC London 94.9.[32]


Surrey County Cricket Club traditionally has relatively strong finances in terms of the county game (whose 18 counties' aggregate losses amounted to over £9 million in 2010), which is in no small part due to the capability of and agreement with its principal home ground, the Oval, to stage Test cricket on a yearly basis, alongside limited overs internationals.[24][25] However, this reputation took a hit last year with the club announcing pre-tax losses of £502,000 for the 2010 financial year, as turnover dropped by 20% to £20.5m. The club had previously benefited from a sunnier balance sheet due to the sale of ground naming rights and the re-development of the Vauxhall End at the Oval.[26] In the 2008 financial year, Surrey had achieved pre-tax profits of £583,000 with a turnover of approaching £24 million, as membership swelled to 10,113.[27] Record profit and turnover were announced for 2009 thanks to the staging of international cricket matches with the figures growing to £752,000 and £25.5 million, respectively.[28]


Match format Played Surrey win Middlesex win Tie Draw or no result
First-class 256 89 74 2 91
One day 61 26 28 1 6
Twenty20 16 11 5 0 0
Total 333 126 107 3 97

Surrey contest the London Derby with Middlesex, so-called because of the traditional counties' proximity to and overlap with today's Greater London, which was only created in 1965. The match generally draws the biggest crowds of the season for either team.[23] Middlesex CCC was formed in 1864, and also plays home games at a Test cricket ground: Lord's, which has the greatest capacity of any cricket ground in England. They have won 12 County Championships to Surrey's 19, have matched Surrey's Twenty20 success and have had one more List A triumph, winning 7 domestic trophies. In first-class cricket, Surrey have won more of the 256 London derbies than Middlesex, but the commonest result is the draw, while Middlesex have the slight edge in one-day cricket with 28 wins to Surrey's 26. Surrey have won 11 of the 16 Twenty20 London derbies.

Mark Ramprakash, who joined from Middlesex in 2001.

Rivalry with Middlesex

Name of ground Location Year FC
The Oval Kennington 1846–present 1756 391 43 2190
Woodbridge Road Guildford 1938–present 89 36 0 125
Whitgift School Croydon 2000–present 9 13 1 23
British Aerospace Company Ground Byfleet 1970–1979 0 10 0 10
Kenton Court Meadow Sunbury-on-Thames 1972–1974 0 3 0 3
Hawker's Sports Ground Kingston-upon-Thames 1946 2 0 0 2
St John's School Leatherhead 1969–1972 0 2 0 2
Metropolitan Police Sports Club Ground East Molesey 2003 0 0 2 2
Broadwater Park Godalming 1854 1 0 0 1
Reigate Priory Cricket Club Ground Reigate 1909 1 0 0 1
Cheam Road Sutton 1969 0 1 0 1
Charterhouse School Godalming 1972 0 1 0 1
Decca Sports Ground Tolworth 1973 0 1 0 1
Hurst Park Club Ground East Molesey 1983 0 1 0 1
Recreation Ground Banstead 1984 1 0 0 1
Source: CricketArchive
Updated: 18 September 2011

Surrey have played home matches at fifteen different grounds since their inception. The following table gives details of every venue at which Surrey have hosted first-class, List A or Twenty20 cricket matches:

Surrey also play at Whitgift School in Croydon and at the Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, which hold 5,000 and 4,500 spectators respectively. These are known as 'out-grounds' and both currently host one County Championship match and one Pro40 match each season. In addition, Whitgift held a Friends Provident t20 match in 2011, doing so for the first time. The remainder are played at the Oval.

Surrey have played the overwhelming majority of their home matches at the Oval. It holds 23,500 people and is the third largest cricket ground in England, after Edgbaston's recent expansion in capacity. The Oval was first leased by the club in 1845 from the Duchy of Cornwall, and it is to this day. The ground has hosted Surrey matches since its opening in 1846 and it staged all but two Surrey home matches between 1846 and 1938. It generally holds the last Test of the English summer in late August or early September.

The OCS Stand as pictured from the Bedser Stand


Surrey's one-day sides currently wear predominantly black shirts with 'fluro blue' decoration. This replaced the 40-over black shirts with 'fluro green' piping and white patches and the 20-over 'fluro green' and black designs of 2010 and 2011.[21] The limited overs teams were called Surrey Lions before a name change for the 2006 season to Surrey Brown Caps, but another switch saw them revert to Surrey Lions.[22] In 2012 they dropped the "Lions" and were called simply Surrey. The side wore navy blue and sky blue in 2004 in both forms of the limited overs game and stuck with these colours in 2005. 2007 saw the light blue replaced by Surrey's traditional brown in the 40-over game, before the darker shade of blue turned to gold in 2008 to produce a gold and brown combination, while silver and brown were preferred for Twenty20 contests. White, red and sky blue were worn by the side featuring Mark Butcher and Adam Hollioake around the start of the 21st century.

Surrey's badge has featured the Prince of Wales's feathers since 1915, when Lord Rosebery successfully requested permission for their use.[2] Surrey's historical link to the Prince of Wales dates back to the birth of the club, which was only made possible by the agreement of the Prince of Wales to allow his tenants at Kennington Oval to sub-let the ground for the purposes of cricket. In first-class cricket, Surrey traditionally wear a brown cricket cap along with their cricket whites. The first-class kit and kit worn in the Friends Life t20 and CB40 competitions are currently manufactured by the Under Armour sportswear brand, while club sponsors Kia Motors's logo appears across the front of the shirt.

Badge, colours and name

After narrowly avoiding relegation in 2012 (a season overshadowed by the death of Tom Maynard in June[18]), Surrey finished bottom of the Division One table the following year, and the Cricket Manager, Chris Adams, was sacked during the course of the season. Under the new management team of Alec Stewart, appointed Director of Cricket, and Graham Ford, recruited before the 2014 season to be Head Coach, they won the Division Two title in 2015 and were also beaten finalists in the Royal London Cup.[19][20]

The 2000s saw the retirement of club legends Alec Stewart, Mark Butcher, Graham Thorpe and Martin Bicknell, who all represented England, as well as Saqlain Mushtaq who played for Pakistan. Another England player in Mark Ramprakash had joined Surrey in 2001 and, despite the club's travails, became the nineteenth player to pass 15,000 first-class runs for the county, doing so at an average of over 70. Surrey did not threaten to achieve a return to Division One of the County Championship after their 2008 relegation or to win either 40-over competition until 2011. However, the club did have more luck in the Twenty20 Cup following victory in 2003, reaching finals day in 2004, 2005 and 2006, but failing to win the competition. 2011 saw a revival in the team's fortunes. They achieved a return to Division One of the County Championship by the margin of a single point, as they won their final four games of the season.[16] They also won the CB40 competition.[17]

The run of success came to an end in 2005, when an ageing Surrey team was relegated to Division Two of the Championship, but an immediate recovery took place in 2006 as Surrey won promotion as champions of Division Two. However, they were once again relegated to Division Two in 2008, failing to win a single game for the first time since 1871 and losing their last two games by an innings. Despite the end of a successful period, Surrey did post a List A world record score of 496–4 from 50 overs, the first of which was a maiden, against Gloucestershire at the Oval on 29 April 2007; Ali Brown top scored with 176 from just 97 deliveries.

Current player Jade Dernbach runs up to bowl against Sussex at the County Ground in Hove in the 2008 Twenty20 Cup.

Recent years (2005–present)

Following a relative drought in success, the club's members called a the Oval, beating Graeme Pollock's former records score in the first of his two one-day double hundreds for Surrey. Adam Hollioake retired after the 2004 season.

Over the next forty years to 1998, Surrey won the County Championship only once, in 1971 during the career of England opener John Edrich and under the captaincy of Micky Stewart, but more success was achieved in the shorter form of the game. In 1969, Surrey had employed their first overseas player: Pakistani leg breaker Intikhab Alam.[4] In addition to Intikhab, the Surrey attack in their Championship-winning side possessed four current or future England Test cricketers in Geoff Arnold, Robin Jackman, Bob Willis and Pat Pocock. Edrich was subsequently appointed captain in 1973 and led Surrey to second position in the County Championship in his first year in charge and then secured Surrey their first limited overs silverware the following year with victory in the Benson and Hedges Cup. Edrich's replacement as captain, Roger Knight, led Surrey to NatWest Trophy glory at Lord's in 1982. Following Intikhab Alam, other overseas players to appear for the county included the New Zealand batsman Geoff Howarth and two fearsome fast bowlers, the West Indian Sylvester Clarke and the Pakistani Waqar Younis.

Famine and feast of glory (1959–2004)

Their great success was built on a remarkably strong bowling attack, with Test seamer Alec Bedser supported by the outstanding spin duo of Tony Lock and Jim Laker, the latter widely regarded as one of the finest ever orthodox off-spinners. Lock and Laker made the most of Oval pitches, which were receptive to spin, but the club's success was also due to the positive and attacking captaincy of Stuart Surridge, who won the title in all five years of his leadership from 1952 to 1956. The team fielded extremely well and a feature was some brilliant close catching. The team had excellent batsmen, especially the elegant Peter May, and the determined and combative Ken Barrington.

From 1948 to 1959, Surrey were the pre-eminent English county team, finishing either first or second in the county championship in 10 seasons out of 12. They finished runners-up in 1948, shared the championship with Lancashire in 1950, won seven consecutive outright titles from 1952 to 1958, and were runners-up again in 1959. Their margins of victory were usually large. For example, Yorkshire were runners-up in 1952 but finished 32 points behind.

Post-war domination (1945–1958)

The side was not completely bereft of quality in the bowling department, however: Alf Gover took 200 wickets in both 1936 and 1937, a fine achievement for a fast bowler on the flat Oval track. The Oval pitches of this period tended to be very good for batting, and many matches were drawn. The club captain for much of this period was the affable and bohemian Percy Fender, whose closest colleague was the England captain of Bodyline fame (or infamy), Douglas Jardine. In 1938, Surrey played a home match away from the Oval for the first time, at Woodbridge Road in Guildford.[4] After 1939, cricket took a break as the Second World War occupied the nation and the Oval was seized for Government use.

The start of the 20th century brought a decline in Surrey's fortunes, and they won the title only once during the next fifty years, in 1914. At the request of Surrey's captain Lord Dalmeny, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) allowed the use of his feathers on the club badge. The club's most famous player was Jack Hobbs, who began playing for the county in 1905, and he had a notable opening partner till 1914 in Tom Hayward, who scored 3,518 runs in all first-class cricket in 1906, equalled C.B. Fry's record of 13 centuries in a season and, in one six-day period, scored two centuries at Trent Bridge and two more at Leicester. He scored his hundredth hundred at the Oval in 1913. Between the two world wars, Surrey often had a good side, but it tended to be stronger in batting than in bowling; Hobbs played until 1934 with another good opening partner in Andrew Sandham. Hobbs scored more runs (61,760) and compiled more centuries (199) in first-class cricket than any other player in the history of the game.[14][15] In recognition of his contribution to the team, the eponymous Jack Hobbs Gates were inaugurated at the Oval.

Surrey's all-time top scorer Jack Hobbs.

Limited success in the Hobbs era (1900–1939)

Surrey then won official Bill Lockwood and Tom Richardson. In 1899, Abel's unbeaten 357 helped Surrey to a mammoth total of 811 against Somerset; both scores remain club records over 100 years later.[12][13]

In 1880, although the county’s record remained bad, Surrey began to make the steps that would return them to the top of the table with the appointment of 1885, Surrey challenged for the unofficial title of Champion County for the first time in twenty years; then, by winning 32 of 42 matches in 1887, 1888 and 1889, Surrey were first or equal first in the final three years before official County Champions emerged.

Dominance in the early years of the Championship (1883–1899)

The appointment of renowned sports administrator Charles Alcock as secretary of the club – a paid position for the first time[4] – in 1872 coincided with an improved performance, but despite qualification rules being changed so that Southerton played every game for the county (up to 1872 he did not play whenever Sussex, the county of his birth, had a match on) Surrey declined to a lowly record in 1873. As mainstays Jupp and Southerton declined from 1875, matters were ameliorated by the discovery of class amateur batsmen in Bunny Lucas, Walter Read and William Game, but apart from 1877 Surrey never won half as many games as they lost and the inadequacy of the bowling on flat Oval pitches was a severe handicap.


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