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Surrey Championship 2020 Interim Update

The Surrey Championship published the following update on 9th May:

As we have now reached the milestone of what should have been the first day of the 2020 league campaign, we are sending a very different pre-season check-in. We truly hope that first and foremost this update finds you and yours all safe & well.

We continue to be hopeful that sometime soon we can share clarity around what both Surrey Championship & Surrey County League cricket may look like moving forward but, as with many aspects of life just now, we await news and clear guidance to enable us to do that.

What we can share is the following:

  • The League Committees are working closely the ECB, Surrey Cricket Foundation and other Premier Leagues in the UK, to establish forward-looking plans for cricket. As you will know there is no concrete information for any of us around what the ‘new normal’ might look like nor when we might play cricket once again but, in line with the professional game we do know the ECB have early July as their earliest resumption at the time of writing. Nonetheless, conversations continue pretty much daily to ensure we don’t waste a minute once clear guidance is issued.
  • As combined league committees we are creating short, mid & long term plans to determine the shape of Surrey Championship & Surrey County League cricket for any remainder of the 2020 season and indeed looking out to 2021.
  • We are forming sub-committees to help deal with the new challenges COVID-19 is creating for all volunteer workforces running sport and we will need more input and support from club committees to help us all decide how to deal with this unprecedented change to ‘normal’. We have a short Surrey Championship survey for each club to complete, alongside those of the ECB & SCF which are detailed below.
  • It surely goes without saying, but for the avoidance of doubt, there are no league requirements for registration, results updating etc sitting with clubs at all until we decide as a committee how we will progress. For now, we have unpublished fixtures on Play-Cricket and we are actively reviewing how best to manage further aspects of league life and will keep in touch.

There are numerous bodies creating and sharing resources focusing on the welfare & longevity of clubs at this time and we are confident you are all making use of many of these already. Below is a summary of those we are aware of, from bodies best placed to support clubs in this regard. We hope this helps and we’ll be in touch as soon as we have plans of our own to share.

Yours in sport
The Surrey Championship & Surrey County League Committees


Five questions with Wayne White

Each week for the remainder of lockdown we’ll be asking one of our top players, past and present, five questions to learn a little bit more about them and their cricketing life. This week is our new signing, former Derbyshire, Lancashire and Leicestershire all-rounder Wayne White.

  1. What’s your first cricketing memory?Late start to cricket but followed my mate to watch Derbyshire play for a season aged about 9. I didn’t realise how good they were at the time but they had Dominic Cork, Devon Malcolm and Phil Defreitas as their bowling attack.
  2. Who is the best cricketer you’ve played with?Tough one – Simon Katich, Hashim Amla, Matthew Hoggard, James Anderson, Chetesh Pujara. Katich was freakishly good and churned out loads of runs at Derby in one of my first seasons on a not great wicket, and then again at Lancs.
  3. Who is the messiest in the dressing room?Would probably have to be me, not a massive kit thrower but always messy (pictured below at Leicestershire). Always last to leave as well – FOMO!

  4. Who’s the biggest badger?My old room mate, Simon Kerrigan from Lancs.
  5. What has been your favourite moment on a cricket field?
  6. Winning the 2011 t20 Finals Day for Leicestershire (picture above), and therefore qualifying for the Champions League in India.

ECB Dyanomos Cricket app – perfect for children aged 8+ years

The ECB is thrilled to introduce you to the Dynamos Cricket app, available now in iOS and Android stores.

This brand new app is part of the ECB’s Dynamos Cricket programme aimed at inspiring 8-11-year-olds to play cricket, learn new skills and fall in love with the game. The app is the perfect platform for children to do just this at home and has been tailored to suit all children aged 8+ years.

Packed full of features, it is designed both for children who have never played cricket before, as well as those looking to build on what they already know.

The 18 different skills videos and interactive quizzes provide lots of ways for children to get active at home, even with minimal space and equipment.

Download the free Dynamos Cricket app today and share with your friends and family too!


Pick your England Test team since 2000

Now in 2020, twenty years since the turn of the millenium, it seems a good time to celebrate what has (mostly) been a pretty successful period for the England test team.

We’re challenging you to pick your greatest test team from the last twenty years and we’ll publish the results in next week’s newsletter. All you need to do is pick your side from the players (all of whom have played test cricket since 2000) listed below and email to Jon Burrowes,, using one of the following format (a * denotes still playing):

  • 5 batsmen, 1 all-rounder, 1 WK, 4 bowlers


  • Alastair Cook – 12,472 runs @ 45.35
  • Andrew Strauss – 7,037 @ 40.91
  • Marcus Trescothick – 5,825 @ 43.79
  • Joe Root* – 7,599 @ 48.40
  • Jonathan Trott – 3,835 @ 44.08
  • Ian Bell – 7,727 @ 42.69
  • Kevin Pietersen – 8,114 @ 47.72
  • Graham Thorpe – 6,744 @ 44.66
  • Michael Vaughan – 5,719 @ 41.44
  • Paul Collingwood – 4,259 @ 40.56


  • Andrew Flintoff – 3,845 runs @ 31.77 / 226 wickets @ 32.78
  • Ben Stokes* – 4,056 @ 36.54 / 147 @ 32.68


  • Alec Stewart – 8,463 runs @ 39.54 / 263 ct, 14 st
  • Matt Prior – 4,099 @ 40.18 / 243 ct, 13 st
  • Jonny Bairstow* – 4030 @ 34.74 / 184 ct, 13 st


  • Graeme Swann – 255 wickets @ 29.96
  • James Anderson* – 584 @ 26.83
  • Stuart Broad* – 285 @28.50
  • Matthew Hoggard – 248 @ 30.50
  • Moeen Ali* – 181 @ 36.59
  • Monty Panesar – 167 @34.71
  • Steve Harmison – 222 @31.94
  • Simon Jones – 59 @ 28.23
  • Darren Gough – 229 @ 28.39
  • Steven Finn – 125 @ 30.40

Batters vs Bowlers Challenge week 3

This week, when we welcomed some of our women’s players for the first time, we were all challenged to collectively run 280km, the distance between all the grounds in our men’s 1st XI’s division. We smashed this target with a combined 420.37km! The stand-out runners were Fred McMillan with 21.2km, Matt Teale with 20.12km, Tom Collins with 21.08km and again the machine Joe Pipkin, with 21.01km in just 1 hr 25 mins. On top of this, we also continued the two-minute press-ups and plank challenges, batters vs bowlers.

Teams this week for the vs challenge were as follows:


Collins; Cunningham; Sweet; F McMillan; White; Bancroft; Bartosh-Short; F Geffen; T Geffen; Hosking; Shrives; Hedges; Parker; J Kher; E Charles; Goodman


Birts; Selmes; Teale; J Charles; H Charles; Coombs; Pipkin; J McMillan; H McMillan; Appleton; Crouch; Burrowes; Garcha; McLean; Nicholls;

Results for press-ups/planks:

Some big numbers in the press-ups, with Matt Teale and Tom Bancroft performing over 100 in their two minutes, with notable improvements on last week from Jaedyn Bartosh-Short, Callum McLean and Henry McMillan. For the planks, Adam Appleton and Jevan Kher led the way with times of over 5 minutes; big improvements on last week seen across the board by Tom Collins, Jaedyn Bartosh Short, Jon Hedges, James McMillan, James Crouch, Jon Burrowes and Henry McMillan, who went for over two minutes longer than last time.

These challenges are a great way to maintain fitness during lockdown, so if you would like to get involved, please contact Olly Birts on 07920 043789.

Don’t forget – you can keep up to date with the club’s activities on a weekly basis through our Pitchero bulletin.

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