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Surrey complete routine victory at the Kia Oval

Surrey complete routine victory at the Kia Oval

Lancashire, by 10 wickets, lost for the fourth time in 13 Specsavers County Championship matches against Surrey at the Oval today.

The hosts, chasing just 38, wrapped up their third win from their last four Division One matches before lunch on today’s final day to maintain their slim title hopes with two fixtures remaining.

Lancashire began the day on 203-8 in their second innings, leading by 10 runs with Kyle Jarvis and Nathan Buck at the crease.

Buck drove Mark Footitt for four in the third over of the day before falling, caught at second slip, with the next ball as the score fell to 211-9 in the 66th over, a lead of 18. It was Footitt’s sixth wicket of the innings.

Jarvis and Simon Kerrigan took the lead beyond 30 against the likes of Footitt, Gareth Batty and Stuart Meaker.

Footitt then had Jarvis caught at mid-off in the 73rd over to wrap up the innings and finish with a career best haul of 7-62.

Steven Croft employed his trio of spinners, Arron Lilley, Kerrigan and Liam Livingstone, in the Surrey pursuit of 38, with Lilley and Kerrigan taking the new ball.

Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley knocked off the runs inside 10 overs, with Burns finishing with 28 to pass 1,000 Championship runs for the season.

It means that the Red Rose have taken only four points from this match, and they are now without a win in their last eight since beating Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford in May.

With three fixtures remaining, they are now looking over their shoulders at the possibility of a late season battle against relegation.

Should Hampshire draw against Somerset at Taunton later today, the Red Rose will have a 17-point cushion over the Southampton side, who are second bottom.

If Hampshire lose, the gap will be 22 points.

Paul Hunt

Ashley, be assured that the opportunities given to young players is a welcome change and valued by many supporters. I've been supporting Lancashire and watching cricket at Old Trafford for over 45 years and in all honesty watching Hameed score two tons against Yorkshire the other week was as enjoyable as anything I've seen in those years. That includes the famous twilight 24 runs in an over by David Hughes in the Gillete Cup game against Gloucestershire in 1971. The first division is extremely close and competitive this season, a win against Durham at Southport and we'd still have been serious contenders for the title. Hang on in there and Good luck for the rest of the season.

brian burns

Well if you didn't ignore me I apologise. However, you were approx 5 yards away. Maybe a bit of crowd noise drowned my request? I did send an email through LCCC website. I am not a negative person in life or supporting my cricket and football(Everton) teams. I have doffed my metaphorical cap many times but I am not going to say staying up deserves one.
LCCC are one of the biggest clubs in cricket and we deserve more than a one day cup and a 2nd div promotion. I have questioned the team selection as I saw too many failing, yet being selected time and time again-Karl Brown and George Edwards to name a couple.
Yes introducing the Young lads was a triumph but it seems too little too late. Lets hope they go on and on to greatness. This can run and run so hopefully when I'm at our next match il drop you a line or shall I ask a steward for access?
Believe it or not, I would like nothing more(apart from Everton winning the league and Cup) than seeing the team successful every season

Ashley Giles

I don't remember you ever asking me for a 'chat', that is just not true, and you say I ignored you! Or was it both? I always have time to speak to the members/supporters unless I'm actually in the middle of something. I've also not received your email. Just wish you could see a little upside from what we have done and continue to try and do. First one day trophy for 16 years and promotion last year and working hard this year to staying in Div 1 for the first time in three attempts whilst also blooding a lot of young Lancashire players. I don't make feeble excuses, I try to be as honest as I possibly can. You are entitled to your opinion as I am of yours. I love balanced arguments, I don't like purely negative ones. Or negative people. Or people who say I've done things that I haven't. It's the weekend tomorrow, I'll be available from midday. I'm happy to answer any questions you have. After which I think it's likely won't be swapping Christmas cards.

brian burns

Mr Giles, asking me if I've managed an elite sports team indicates to me that you feel I shouldn't have an opinion on a professional team if 1, I haven't played at that level or 2, Managed at that level. You are right on both counts re 1 and 2 but having spent 40years supporting Lancashire from home and afar, surely you will admit I can have a little say in what I see?
Luckily I have a job to go to Mon-Fri so I cant be at every game so my complaints do have to come from a distance. I did try see you at Derby in the 50 over game but was informed by the steward at the bottom of the steps that it wasn't possible. I also asked you face to face for a quick chat which you declined. You indicated that you were too busy(well if ignoring someone equates to that!) No I didn't go to the members meeting as I am not one, so you probably think that also stops me from having an opinion.
Also, I sent an email to the club (with my moblie number on) asking you a few questions a month or two back. But obviously you're too busy again!

Ashley Giles

Brian, (as above to Barry) I'm always available for you to talk to. You know where we are (the big red building opposite the members) but it seems you prefer to complain from a distance. You could perhaps share your experience of managing elite sports team with me. Were you at the members forum? If so, why not come to see me? I'll be available after the start of play, just ask for me.

Ashley Giles

Barry, I'm always available for you to talk to. You know where we are (the big red building opposite the members) but it seems you prefer to complain from a distance either on Twitter or the website. You could perhaps share your experience of managing elite sports team with me. Were you at the members forum? If so, why not come to see me? I'll be available after the start of play just ask for me at the P & M.

Paul Hunt

Worrying times. At the outset I'd have taken survival in Div. 1 as a satisfactory outcome but after such a flying start relegation would be particularly disappointing. Clearly there are some weaknesses in the squad that have not been addressed but credit is due for the fact that opportunities have been granted to several younger players - failure to do that was a major flaw when M. Watkinson was in charge. Doesn't help that the ECB has no regard for the clubs wellbeing. It's all one way - Anderson was allowed to have a half-game warm up/fitness test and then whisked off denying us a probable victory. I don't believe he's not fit to play in the last three games either. If the team stays up they'll have done it the hard way.

Barry Turner-Newall

oh cruel, cruel! Maybe the forums will elicit some answers - one thing's for certain, the club pr machine, the M.E.N, doesn't provide any. No one seems able to ask Giles any probing questions; it's all pink gins and after you Ashley.

brian burns

Totally agree. You have posted the same as I have over the past few months. No doubt the will come out with feeble excuses, hard luck stories and the magnificent youth development. Hopefully someone will stand up and ask the two culprits(Giles and Croft) to walk-cant see it happening though

Ray Blundell

Is this a cricket club, or a concert venue and hotel/conference centre with an inconvenient bit of grass attached ? 👺

Dave Smith

I went to the Oval and it was the poorest performance of the season by some distance. For me, our lack of recruitment in the off season is the major contributory factor. We lost our best batter and didn't replace him, signed an overseas bowler who we knew would probably only be able to play half a season and seemed to expect the rest to get on with it in a higher and extremely competitive division. Jarvis is our only fast bowler up to division one and without Hameed, we'd already be planning next season's trips to Derby, Leicester and Northampton. Looking forward to next week's members forum to hear what our recruitment plans for 2017 are (or aren't). Presumably we'll get the same excuse that we can't do anything until we know what division we'll be playing in!!

Andrew G

I agree totally, been a poor season across all formats. June, July and August have been terrible. Basically 90% of the summer!

Barry Turner-Newall

Very poor effort at a crucial stage of the season. I hope the man in charge is going to evaluate his own position at the end of this season even if the club doesn't because it hasn't been good enough - relegation or not.

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