Oval lads' sensible approach paying off
LAST season, Surrey acquired a reputation for being gung-ho.
The four-day game at Canterbury, in which the boys swung like a rusty gate to be bowled out for 127 and 104, still crops up in my nightmares.
But, in recent weeks, we have seen a different Surrey, a more cautious and responsible Surrey. The key performances in the last couple of CB40 games have been conscientious knocks from Jacques Rudolph and Tom Maynard.
Meanwhile, in the last two championship matches, pragmatism has taken precedence over positions from which Surrey might have snatched come-from-behind victories.
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I can't help feeling Surrey would have beaten Somerset if Jade Dernbach and Tim Linley hadn't been rested in favour of George Edwards and Chris Jordan.
Edwards bowled brilliantly at Worcester, so had earned the right to be selected, but the Surrey attack lacked someone to back up Stuart Meaker and Jon Lewis.
Meaks was outstanding. His 8-52 in Somerset's second dig was the best I've seen from a Surrey fast bowler (sorry Bickers, that rules you out) for 20 years.
It was reminiscent of Waqar Younis in his prime. I sense it won't be long before Stuart Meaker is pulling on an England shirt again.
Talking of shirts, I gather Meaks has been doing some modelling for a well-known high street shirt retailer. It just goes to prove that Meaker's a smart cookie in more ways than one.