SURREY V HAMPSHIRE at the Kia Oval (LVCC)
13-16 APRIL 2023

Fourth plays host to joint second - a scenario very similar to the one going into the corresponding meeting at the Oval last season, which the hosts won handsomely thanks to Jamie Overton's 5-54 in the first dig and a superb all-round display from Surrey's attack in the second; which caused Hampshire to slip from 141-2 to 227 all out.

Last summer, seven of Hampshire's batters racked up over 500 runs in the County Championship, but not one averaged over forty and just two (Nick Gubbins and Felix Organ) recorded more than a solitary four-day ton. Skipper James Vince finished with 839 Champo runs at 38.13, while wicketkeeper Ben Brown slotted straight in (following his move from Sussex) by scoring 696 at an average of 38.66 as well as claiming 43 dismissals.

The bowling was, by far, the south coast outfit's strongest suit last term. Kyle Abbott (58 victims at 19.98), Keith Barker (52 at 22.38) and Mohammad Abbas (50 at an impressive 17.62) all bagged over fifty wickets in the championship, while James Fuller, Ian Holland and slow left-armer Liam Dawson all averaged under 29.

Ollie Pope could be key for Surrey. Five of his 16 first-class hundreds have been at Hampshires expense. He goes into this clash with 920 f-c runs at an average of 115.00 against them.

Surrey v Hampshire - First-Class Records Sheet


Kemar Roach needs 10 more wickets for 500 first-class career scalps and Dominic Sibley (6,875) is 125 f-c runs shy of the 7,000-mark. Meanwhile, in the away dressing room, Hampshire's Keith Barker (499), Liam Dawson (248) and James Fuller (192) are approaching their 500th, 250th and 200th first-class wickets respectively.


Surrey have named a 14-man squad comprising the eleven who did battle with Lancashire at Old Trafford plus Gus Atkinson, Ben Geddes and Tom Lawes. The absence of Dan Moriarty, who also travelled to Manchester, suggests spin is unlikely to be a factor. It has also been announced that fast bowler Conor McKerr has joined Kent on loan.

OPPONENT DATE VENUE RESULT
Lancashire 6-9 Apr 2023 Old Trafford Match Drawn
Lancashire 26-28 Sep 2022 Old Trafford Lost By Inns & 130 Runs
Yorkshire 20-22 Sep 2022 The Oval Won By 10 Wickets
Northamptonshire 12-15 Sep 2022 Northampton Match Drawn
Warwickshire 25-28 Jul 2022 The Oval Won By 6 Wickets


Day two looks likely to fall foul of persistent drizzle (why can't it just rain hard, briefly, then stop?!), so it will be interesting to see how the wicket plays. With the weather we've had recently, it could be a bit spicy. Mohammad Abbas and Kyle Abbott reminded everyone of their potency against Notts last week; the counter to that is Surrey's attack relish bowling at the Oval. Prediction - Hampshire don't do draws, so it will all come down to the batting, which, on paper, gives the hosts the edge.


F.Organ, F.Middleton, N.Gubbins, J.Vince (capt), L.Dawson, B.Brown (wk), I.Holland, K.Barker, J.Fuller, K.Abbott and Mohammad Abbas.


Russell Warren and Alex Wharf.

DATE RESULT VENUE SURREY HAMPSHIRE
14-16 Apr 2022 Won By An Inns & 17 Runs The Oval 467 223 & 227
4-7 Jul 2021 Match Drawn Rose Bowl 72 & 122-8 488
29 Apr - 1 May 2021 Won By An Inns & 289 Runs The Oval 560-7d 92 & 179
15-18 Aug 2020 Lost By An Inns & 52 Runs Arundel 172 & 74 298
10-12 Sep 2019 Lost By 272 Runs Rose Bowl 162 & 151 149 & 436
18-21 Aug 2019 Match Drawn The Oval 579-7d 367 & 253-5
9-11 Jun 2018 Won By An Inns & 58 Runs Rose Bowl 368 135 & 175
20-23 Apr 2018 Won By 139 Runs The Oval 211 & 407-9d 147 & 332
5-8 Sep 2017 Match Drawn Rose Bowl 200 & 280-4 290
3-6 Jul 2017 Match Drawn The Oval 483 & 166-3d 648-7d
6-9 Sep 2016 Match Drawn The Oval 329 & 248-3 582-9d
17-20 Jul 2016 Won By An Inns & 13 Runs Rose Bowl 637-7d 423 & 201
28 Jun - 1 Jul 2014 Match Drawn The Oval 474-8d & 13-0d 354
27-30 Apr 2014 Match Drawn Rose Bowl 99-2 400-6d
9-12 Sep 2008 Lost By An Inns & 122 Runs The Oval 210 & 148 480-8d
14-17 May 2008 Match Drawn Rose Bowl 278 & 229-8d 227 & 247-8
30 Aug - 2 Sep 2007 Won By An Inns & 37 Runs Rose Bowl 556 221 & 298
25-28 Apr 2007 Lost By 35 Runs The Oval 203 & 467 481 & 224-1
24-27 Aug 2005 Match Drawn The Oval 378 & 302 361-6d
15-17 Jun 2005 Won By An Inns & 55 Runs Rose Bowl 361 146 & 160

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