This year the fixtures and dates are:
- Surrey CCC v Somerset CCC (Specsavers County Championship Division 1) four days starting on Wednesday 20 June (start & gate opening times to be confirmed).
- Please note, there is no one-day game.
Surrey will host Somerset in the 80th anniversary Guildford Cricket Festival next June.
The first-class fixtures, published by the ECB this week, once again see a Specsavers County Championship match at Woodbridge Road – starting on Wednesday June 20 – but no one-day game.
When the sides last met at Guildford, in 2006, records were smashed. Somerset achieved a new highest Championship score at the ground of 688-8dec thanks to Australian opener Justin Langer’s 342 – the best individual score at Woodbridge Road – only for it to be overtaken by Surrey’s 717, led by Rikki Clarke (214) and Mark Ramprakash (167).
That second division match was played in record heat, the temperature on the first day being recorded at 36.5c just up the A3 at Wisley, the hottest ever recorded in the United Kingdom since records began in 1659, and coming in the middle of a hot July it meant that batting on a blameless pitch was made even easier by lightning-fast boundaries. A thunderstorm early on the final day ended the bowlers’ torment and forced a draw.
Somerset escaped relegation from Championship Division One last season thanks to champions Middlesex being deducted two points and will hope to continue Surrey’s miserable run in four-day matches at Woodbridge Road, having failed to win since 2002. They lost to champions Essex earlier this year.
Other Surrey matches at Guildford
In July and August, the Surrey Stars will play three matches in the Kia Super League, the visitors being Southern Vipers (July 22), Yorkshire Diamonds seven days later and Loughborough Lightning (August 8).
Why is it called the Guildford Cricket Festival?
It’s the traditional name for the week when Surrey CCC come and play professional cricket at Guildford. Surrey’s principal home ground is of course The Kia Oval in London, but the county has played at Guildford since 1938.
There is always a distinct Festival atmosphere – our ground at Woodbridge Road is transformed by sponsors’ tents on the boundary edge, along with seating for over 2,000 spectators.
Surrey is making increasing use of The Sports Ground at Guildford – including the Surrey Stars Women’s T20 and Surrey 2nd XI matches.