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Preview of my two favourite county sides, 2008.

As a Basildon boy, my no1 county, is and always will be The Mighty Essex (not really been that mighty of late). As a Londoner now, I get to watch more of Surrey. So I’ve decided to do a little preview of the two sides that I’ll be following.

ESSEX (2007 – County Championship: 4th, Division Two; Pro 40: 9th, Division One, relegated; FP Trophy: Semi-finalists; Twenty20: Group losers)

Captain: Mark Pettini

Coach: Paul Grayson

Overseas players: Danish Kaneria (Pakistan)

Ins: C Wright, D Masters (Leicestershire), J Gallian (Nottinghamshire), T Westley

Outs: D Thomas, R Irani, A McGarry, A Bichel

One to watch: Ryan Ten Doeschate.

Don’t I look like Cesc Fabregas!

Averaging over 50 in first class cricket, this season really could be the one to push the dutchman (by Dutch, I mean Evil Saffer) into the upper echelons of county cricket. Likes to hit the ball, and when he does, he hits big! He’s also a handy bowler, although he only averages 40 in FC with the ball, in one day cricket he excels, with an average of under 20.


Don’t eat yellow snow.

Seriously though, I wouldn’t expect to see much silverware in the Essex Trophy cabinet at the end of the season. Mark Pettini, since taking over the captaincy has turned into the worst batsman in the team (maybe marginally better than Kaneria), and could really do with finding some form, sharpish. Kaneria as ever, will twirl away taking wickets for fun, whilst being supported by nobody, on a flat deck in Chelmsford (Please groundsman, give it a bit of juice this year!). It’s a shocker of a team this year to be honest, the batting line up has been given a bit of a boost with Jason Gallian who averages nearly 40, but it’s likely that we won’t be seeing young master Cook down at the county ground this season.

If Ravi avoids being picked by The England, then he will hopefully continue in the fine form that saw him average over 60 in the championship last year.

SURREY (2007 – County Championship: 4th, Division One; Pro 40: 4th, Division Two; FP Trophy: 5th, South Conference; Twenty20: Group losers)

Captain: Mark Butcher

Coach: Alan Butcher

Overseas players: Matt Nicholson (Australia)

Ins: U Afzaal (Northamptonshire), P Collins, S Meaker, S Mushtaq (Sussex), Murtaza Hussain (Worcestershire)

Outs: M Akram, R Clarke (Derbyshire), N Doshi (Derbyshire), R Hamilton-Brown (Sussex), A Mahmood (Kent), I Salisbury (Warwickshire)

One to watch: Chris Jordan.

An excellent start to his Surrey career last year, with 20 wickets in five matches, which for an 18 year old young buck, is pretty bloody good.

If he kicks on this season, there’ll be some dog-fight, to see who can secure his international services. He’s a Barbadian by birth, but holds a British passport, and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes.


A proper suit should fit the shoulders snugly, be tapered in at the waist, and make you look smarter than you are, and must always be accompanied by quality shoes.

Surrey should be much more settled this season. The batting line up has been bolstered with the acquisition of Afzaal. Tanya Aldred @ Cricinfo had this to say about Afzaals fielding “His talents don’t extend to the field where he most resembles a bear at an aerobics class”. Nice description. They’ll be looking to Ramps to perform his heroics of the last two seasons, and bat like the county behemoth we all know and love. Chris Jordan should add some spice to undercooked bowling unit.

I would expect Surrey to be challenging for the title, with Sussex and Lancashire, although the pitch rarely does anyone a favour.

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Mr Suave, I am, very much like a barman in a provincial town branch of T.G.I’s, here mainly for the tips. I have a wedding to go to in the summer and want to ask your advice…should one always wear a suit to a wedding even when the forecast predicts sweltering temperatures?

Comment by paulmcdonald

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Comment by paulmcdonald

You can advertise all you like big man!!

Now onto the fashion advice..

Yes, one should always wear a suit. I find that a linen or silk suit will help with the heat, and you can always use a scarf with an open necked fine ply cotton shirt.. As the night goes on, you can always remove the jacket. I suggest you take a look at the Hackett’s summer collection, which is quite fantastic.

Comment by Suave

I’ve also edited your comment, so that others can click too!!

Comment by Suave

Ah, Ryan Ten Doeschate.

I’d write about him more if I had confidence in spelling his name.

Comment by King Cricket

They will be crushed. They will all be crushed under the massive pressure of Somerset’s cider press!

Comment by The Atheist

Go the brown legs, hats, sleeves, or whatever stupid nick name surrey has.

Comment by jrod

He is a legend down at the Ford County Ground! All I do, is copy the name directly from Essex’s website, that way no spelling mistakes.

Oooh arrr, you’re probably right Atheist, what with Langer & Tresco being available all season. Also with Hildreth and kiesewetter, another young keeper waiting in the wings, you should do well. And why is a boy from Twickenham supporting Somerset?

It’s caps dear boy, as you well know!

Comment by Suave

It’s all relative, Suave.

Comment by The Atheist

I see. So you’re pirate spawn are you.. That’s why you keep trying to get the old credit card details.

Comment by Suave

You sir are what they refer to in big, dusty books as a gentleman. Sound advice as always from a man who never fails to impressively live up to his well deserved title.

Comment by paulmcdonald

You’re a good man yerself, as the Irish would say..

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