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Match Preview: Surrey CCC v Lancashire CCC

Match Preview: Surrey CCC v Lancashire CCC

Match Preview: Surrey CCC v Lancashire CCC, Specsavers County Championship

The early signs were good at Chelmsford as Lancashire dominated the majority of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Essex last weekend. 

Now, they will want to turn in a similar sort of performance against a much-fancied Surrey side, starting tomorrow, but come away with a win instead of a draw.

Alex Davies, debutant Dane Vilas and Stephen Parry will all be particularly pleased with their performances against Essex.

The frustration was that Essex teenager Dan Lawrence followed Davies’s second-innings 140 not out with an excellent unbeaten 141 to enable the hosts to bat out the final day for a draw.

Surrey began their campaign with an innings victory over Warwickshire at the Oval.

THE MATCH

Surrey CCC v Lancashire CCC

Friday 14 - Monday 17 April

The Kia Oval

Specsavers County Championship

TEAM NEWS 

Lancashire will be without Captain Steven Croft after being hit on the thumb during the Essex clash.

Jimmy Anderson stood in as skipper when Croft was unable to take the field on the last day, but he is also unavailable for this clash on ECB orders. The England Test ace will, however, return to county action for next weekend’s meeting with Somerset at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Lancashire squad will be named on Thursday afternoon.

THE OPPONENTS 

Surrey completed an innings and one run victory over Warwickshire during the early stages of the fourth day on Monday.

Mark Stoneman scored a debut 165 after his winter move from Durham, underpinning a first-innings score of 454 all out.

Another Mark, the left-arm seamer Footitt, then blew the Bears away for just 91 in their reply with 6-14 from nine overs.

Jonathan Trott’s 151 in the second innings ensured Surrey didn’t have things all their own way, but Warwickshire were bowled out for 362, failing to make Gareth Batty’s side bat again.

It was some start to the season for the Londoners.

LAST TIME OUT 

Surrey beat Lancashire by 10 wickets at the Oval last August, with all-rounder Sam Curran and Footitt their stars of the show.

Curran took four wickets in the first innings to bowl the Red Rose out for 287 before hitting a career best 96 in their 480 reply. Arron Lilley claimed five wickets for the visitors.

Footitt then claimed a career best 7-62 as the Red Rose were bowled out for 230 in their second innings.

Surrey’s openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley chased down the 39 runs required inside 10 overs early on day four as the hosts enjoyed an impressive second half of 2016 in four-day cricket.

WHAT THEY SAID

Lancashire coach Glen Chapple believes Surrey will go close to winning this year’s Championship title, but he is relishing the prospect of a “big challenge” at the Oval.

Chapple is not the only person who expects Surrey to enjoy a good season in four-day cricket, with many pundits tipping them for a first Championship title success since 2002.

“It will be a big challenge for us,” said the former all-rounder. “Surrey were already a decent team, they’ve added to that, and they’ve started like a house on fire.

“I would expect Surrey to be up there come the end of the season. We’ve just got to play better than them.”

This will be Lancashire’s second successive away game to start the campaign, although that does not faze Chapple.

“I suppose if anything, and I said this last week, there’s a better chance of getting early season good weather if you play down south. In that respect, we know we’ve got a good chance of playing four days of cricket, and that’s what you want to do.”

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