Surrey’s fine County Cup form continues at Devonshire Park

Surrey celebrate victory
Surrey celebrate victory

Surrey made it two out of two at the AEGON Summer County Cup as they dished out a comprehensive victory against Middlesex.

Middlesex, who were promoted to Group One for this year’s tournament, battled on but were eventually beaten 8-1 at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne.

Surrey have a fine record in the County Cup, winning four titles in the last 11 years – the last of which was in 2009.

And skipper Mandy Spicer – who has taken the reins for the first time this year – believes the team are keen to uphold the county’s impressive recent record.

“I’m new to this so I’d hate to be the captain who got the county relegated!” said Spicer. “The girls have played very well and I’m proud of all of them.

“We’ve had two good matches now and we’re starting to look good.

“Two teams go down from Group One so the priority first and foremost has to be to stay here and make sure we’re playing in Eastbourne again next year.”

Buckinghamshire are also unbeaten after two games following their 7-2 victory over another recently promoted team, Hampshire & IOW.

Hertfordshire – champions in 2010 – maintained their campaign to win back the County Cup as they beat defending champions Lancashire 6-3.

In the men’s draw Norfolk earned their first Group One victory for 35 years as they defeated Derbyshire.

Norfolf returned to the top flight following promotion last summer and, after a slow start at Devonshire Park, ground out a win on day two.

Norfolk were beaten 6-3 on day one by Surrey but raced out of the traps against Derbyshire winning the opening three rubbers before registering a 6-3 win. And playing-captain Barry Fulcher insists it was no more than his side deserved.

“We’ve had this squad together for a while and have steadily been climbing up the groups to reach group one,” he said.

“We’re a bunch of veterans really so we usually make a slow start and that’s what proved to be the case against Surrey.

“But we were on it from the first point today and we’re delighted to pick up the win. It’s a tough group but hopefully we can stay in it.”

Kent underlined their County Cup credentials as they upset defending champions Hertfordshire 5-4.

The match was on a knife-edge throughout and the result went down to the ninth and final rubber, which Sean Thornley and Lewis Burton duly delivered defeating Neil Roskilly and Arvind Parmar.

In the day’s other match, Surrey defeated Group One new boys Cheshire 9-0.