Victory was only what was expected
EVEN if Sussex hadn't been without Monty Panesar, Luke Wright and their overseas signing Steve Magoffin last week, I would still have expected Surrey to come out on top.
Any team that can afford to omit the likes of Tim Linley and Jason Roy is brimming with talent. In my preview on ovalworld-online.com, I tipped Sussex and Worcestershire, the two sides in Division One lacking strength in depth, to go down, so it was important the rain stayed away.
The ECB's new regulations on the use of floodlights also took bad light out of the equation, except when they prevailed over the natural light.
You may think that odd, but it's because not every ground in the country is kitted out with floodlights.
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After the match, Surrey's team director Chris Adams described Sussex as a "benchmark side". I can't help feeling much tougher tests lie ahead, but it's good to hear Adams saying: "I haven't looked any further ahead than the four Championship games we have scheduled in April. We'll reassess then."
Surrey did have a bit of a wobble, when they were 55-4 in their second dig, but Rory Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard's fifth wicket partnership of 136 in 28 overs was the difference.
That Maynard, who rarely takes a back seat, contributed just 44 of the 136 underlined the sort of nick Hamilton-Brown was in.
Batting at five certainly seems to suit the skipper.