ESSEX V SURREY at Chelmsford (LVCC)
4-7 MAY
2023

Fourth plays host to the early season leaders. Two successive nine-wicket victories have put Surrey at the head of affairs in Division One. Essex, meanwhile, have opened their 2023 account with a win over Middlesex at Lordís plus draws against Lancashire and Kent.

With the bat, Tom Westley (251 championship runs at an average of 50.20), Matt Critchley (222 at 55.50), Dan Lawrence (49.00) and Nick Browne (44.00) have started Essex's season in fine fettle. But, for whatever reason, Sir Alastair Cook (99 runs in 5 innings) has not, as yet, dipped his bread.

The dangers for Surrey will be off-spinner Simon Harmer, Jamie Porter and Sam Cook. Cook looks an even more potent fast bowler than the one who took 58 first-class wickets in 2021 and 51 in 2022. Very much in the Darren Gough mould, surely it canít be long before we see the 25-year-old step onto the international stage.

Cook has marked his two outings to date with 10 championship wickets at 14.50 apiece, while fellow seamer Jamie Porter has rediscovered his consistency by notching up 13 victims at 19.15.

The key man for the visitors could be Rory Burns, whose first-class career record against Essex reads 828 runs at an average of 51.75, including a best of 158 at Colchester in 2015.

Surrey v Essex - First-Class Records Sheet


Dom Sibley (6,975) is just 25 shy of a 7,000th first-class career run, while Dan Worrall (938) needs another 62 for 1,000. Of the Essex contingent, Sir Alastair Cook will start this game with 25,906, while Matt Critchley has 3,922.


Surrey have named a 15-man squad that includes Sean Abbott, who was rested for last week's game against Warwickshire, and Will Jacks, who returns following a thigh injury, as well as Gus Atkinson and Dan Moriarty.

OPPONENT DATE VENUE RESULT
Warwickshire 27-30 Apr 2023 Edgbaston Won By 9 Wickets
Hampshire 13-16 Apr 2023 The Oval Won By 9 Wickets
Lancashire 6-9 Apr 2023 Old Trafford Match Drawn
Lancashire 26-29 Sep 2022 Old Trafford Lost By An Inns & 130 Runs
Yorkshire 20-22 Sep 2022 The Oval Won By 10 Wickets


Surrey have lost heavily on their last two four-day visits to Chelmsford. But with the weather forecast for days two, three and four suggesting play will be intermittent, a draw would appear to be the most likely outcome.


N.Browne, A.Cook, T.Westley (capt), D.Lawrence, M.Critchley, M.Pepper (wk), S.Harmer, D.Bracewell, B.Allison, S.Cook and J.Porter.


Mike Burns and James Middlebrook.

DATE RESULT VENUE SURREY ESSEX
19-22 Jul 2022 Won By 6 Wickets The Oval 319 & 162-4 271 & 208
12-15 Sep 2021 Match Drawn The Oval 161 & 113-2 439
8-11 Aug 2020 Lost By 169 Runs Chelmsford 187 & 167 262 & 261
16-19 Sep 2019 Lost By An Inns & 40 Runs Chelmsford 174 & 181 395
11-14 Apr 2019 Match Drawn The Oval 395 & 324-6d 448 & 0-0
24-27 Sep 2018 Lost By 1 Wicket The Oval 67 & 541 477-8d & 134-9
4-6 Sep 2018 Won By 10 Wickets Chelmsford 351 & 2-0 126 & 226
9-12 Jun 2017 Lost By 8 Wickets Guildford 399 & 288 435 & 253-2
26-29 May 2017 Match Drawn Chelmsford 369 & 260-9d 383
7-10 Aug 2015 Won By 3 Wickets Colchester 346 & 314-7 369 & 289-9d
26-29 Apr 2015 Match Drawn The Oval 340 & 95-2 610-8d
25-28 May 2014 Match Drawn Chelmsford 261-7 228
20-23 Apr 2014 Match Drawn The Oval 237 306 & 258-4d
7-10 Sep 2011 Won By 109 Runs Chelmsford 315 & 286 253 & 239
18-21 May 2011 Match Drawn Whitgift Sch 506 & 65-1 548 & 324
19-22 Aug 2009 Lost By 9 Wickets Colchester 428 & 190 545 & 74-1
15-18 Jul 2009 Match Drawn Guildford 352-8d 401 & 201-3
16-18 Aug 2006 Lost By An Inns & 2 Runs Colchester 330 & 198 530
31 May - 3 Jun 2006 Won By 6 Wickets Whitgift Sch 433 & 178-4 365 & 244
17-19 Sep 2003 Lost By 8 Wickets The Oval 318 & 194 464 & 49-2

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