Surrey v Gloucestershire
Thursday 27 May – Sunday 30 May 2021
Gloucestershire return to Woodbridge for the first time since 1993 with previous championship visits standing at Surrey 2 wins, Gloucestershire 1 and the other ending in a wet draw.
In 1978 Gloucestershire won a tight match by 2 wickets despite a century from the veteran John Edrich (114) and 90 from skipper Roger Knight as Surrey reached 268-6 in their 100 overs. However their efforts were bettered by former South African All rounder Mike Proctor with 154 as Gloucs totalled 334, Pat Pocock taking 6-92 . Second time round Surrey were bowled out for 221, Monte Lynch 68 and Gloucs needing 158 to win were indebted to Zaheer Abbas 45 and Proctor 40 to steer them home.
The 1980 fixture was severely hampered by rain though Robin Jackman’s 5-41 in Gloucestershire’s only innings saw him pass 950 wickets in the championship.
11 years later Surrey edged it by 2 wickets. Gloucestershire’s 304-9 with 101 from Tony Wright was matched by 7-87 from Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis. Surrey replied with 250-3, Darren Bicknell hitting 95 and Alec Stewart 109.
A sporting declaration from the visitors at 197-3, (Bill Athey 62*) left Surrey plenty to do but they reached their target ending on 252-8 thanks to 70 from Rehan Alikhan and 80 from David Ward.
The most recent match, in ’93 saw an emphatic Innings and 93 run win for Surrey. Batting first they finished with 381, Monte Lynch top scoring with 90.
When Gloucestershire batted Waqar Younis did the damage in the first innings taking 6-42 followed by former Guildford star Martin Bicknell’s 5-41 in the second.