Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Batsman Review 2012

Overall, it hasn’t been a very good season for us with the bat, has it? Zander de Bruyn, who scored almost less than half the total runs he did last season, was still our leading run getter overall. Steve Davies, who had an incredibly quiet season compared to his usual standards, was still our leading scorer in the CB40 and T20 competitions. However, we all know this season wasn’t like any other season, due to the tragic passing of Tom Maynard in June. Here is my review of the season our batsman had.

Rory Hamilton-Brown
LVCC- 555 runs @ 37.00
CB40- 204 runs @ 25.50
FLT20- 23 runs @ 5.75
Rory had a very good start to the season, passing 50 in each of the first 5 games in the LVCC, scoring one century. He also started the CB40 superbly, scoring a brilliant hundred against Somerset in the opening game, but after close friend Tom Maynard passed away, he relinquished the captaincy and couldn’t rediscover his form. He has now been given permission to talk to other counties, as both parties feel it is the right move for him to seek pastures new. Everyone at Surrey wishes him well in the future.

Arun Harinath
LVCC- 368 runs @ 36.80
After putting in some consistent performances in the Second X1 for the first 4 months of the season, Arun Harinath was brought into the First X1 and was a revelation. He completed his first First Class hundred against Middlesex, in a partnership with Rory Burns, before backing that up by scoring a century in the next game against Somerset. A good season overall for the Baron, and a contract for next year is surely on the cards.

Tom Lancefield
After missing 2011 through injury, Tom didn’t get a game in the First X1 this year, despite our batting woes throughout the campaign. Despite the promise he showed at the back end of 2010, Adams doesn’t see a place for him in our side, and he was released last week.

Tom Maynard
LVCC- 525 runs @ 40.38
CB40- 118 runs @ 39.33
FLT20- 7 runs @ 7.00
Before his untimely death on the 18th of June, Tom had a fantastic start to the season, scoring a century in the second innings at New Road, saving the game after we struggled in the first. He was still our leading scorer in the LVCC until about a month ago, which shows how well he performed. An England selection was destined for Tom, but the ultimate tragedy of his passing mid way through the season, tore a hole through our dressing room. RIP Tom. Gone, but never forgotten.

Kevin Pietersen
LVCC-572 runs @ 95.33
CB40- 54 runs @ 27.00
FLT20- 93 runs @ 23.25
KP had without doubt his best season for Surrey, thanks largely to him retiring from Limited over internationals, and then being dropped for the final Test against South Africa. He played an innings at Guildford that will stick in the memory of Surrey fans for years to come, an unbeaten 234 against Lancashire, with countless balls hit into the car park and Dapdune Wharf. It looks like he will now be named in the India test squad, and therefore a central contract may be given to him, meaning he will remain with us next year.

Mark Ramprakash
LVCC- 107 runs @ 10.70
After a fantastic decade at Surrey, Ramps has hung up his bat with almost 36,000 First Class runs to his name. It wasn’t the way that he, or Surrey fans, would have wanted him to bow out, as he could hardly get the ball of the square in the games that he played. However, he won’t be remembered for that, he will be remembered for the numerous centuries he struck for us and registering Legendary status at the club, as one of the greatest batsman we have ever seen.

Jason Roy
LVCC- 612 runs @ 32.21
CB40- 115 runs @ 12.78
FLT20- 120 runs @ 12.00
After Jason Roy’s great season last year, he fell away quite dramatically in List A cricket, not registering a single half century in the CB40 or T20. However, he did perform well in the Championship, scoring 3 half centuries batting down at 6 or up at 3 in the order. He was a close friend to Tom, and obviously struggled to deal with the unforeseen occurrences of this season, but he will come back better and stronger next season, and will be an important part of our squad for years to come.


  1. You've missed your second leading run scorer off your batsman review...

    1. If you're talking about Rory Burns, I have included him as an All Rounder due to him being a wicketkeeper and my all rounder review will be posted some time next week.