'It feels like a loss'
SURREY took no end of positives from the draw at Worcester.
However, had the Oval outfit not collapsed to their lowest first innings total for nearly 11 years, they might also have come away from New Road with a victory over one of the unfancied sides in Division One.
After the match, Chris Adams, Surrey's team director, said: "It feels a little bit like a loss, but it shouldn't because I thought the boys showed immense character to come back from 43-8 to nearly pull off a win.
"It was just an amazing last day. I thought we showed our potential – that we are a seriously dangerous side when we get our frame of mind right and play that sort of cricket.
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"What we have to do in the forthcoming two games, at the Oval, is to apply ourselves in the first innings as we have done in the second innings here. If we do that, nobody will stop us winning a game.
"There's no doubt in my mind we played so well to get back into the game it was never an option to declare any earlier than we did. In fact, had we held our catches we could have gone on to win."
Surrey were indebted to Rory Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard's fifth wicket stand of 225, which straddled the third and fourth days.
"The two young lads batted superbly," said Adams. "Two different types of innings – I thought Maynard's was powerful, aggressive, straight down the ground and showed what a world-class prospect he really is. Hamilton-Brown continued to play how he's played all season. I know he got off to a flyer, but, actually, from there on in, he played with the sort of tempo that's really hard to adopt. It's tempo like that which will see him progress to the next level. It was an outstanding innings and a great partnership for us."
Adams was also full of praise for 19-year-old seamer George Edwards. "We've been keeping George under wraps for a while," he said. "He's out of the wrapper and people will now start to look seriously at him and what he can do. But it was a terrific championship debut. He bowled quick, got the best player out in their side and picked up four dangerous wickets in the second innings.
"To be totally honest, I thought it was going to be the absolute dream debut, with him picking up six and us winning the game."