Ben Foakes: Surrey need to deliver next season after big disappointments in 2019

BY MARCUS HOOK

Ben Foakes says next year will be about how Surrey respond to a disappointing 2019 campaign.

The South London outfit went from  being crowned County Champions to finishing sixth in the league and winning a mere eight games in all competitions.

The final chapter proved to be a brief one, with just 127.3 overs possible over four days against Notts at the Oval.

That was enough, however, for Scott Borthwick (137) to become Surrey’s leading run-maker in the County Championship this term (705 at an average of 30.65) and for Ollie Pope (106) to finish the campaign with a first-class batting average of 80.14.

“Scott Borthwick and Ollie Pope played very well,” said Foakes, who led Surrey on six occasions this summer in the absence of official captain Rory Burns.

“Scott’s come into some nice form and looks amazing at the crease and, obviously, Popey, pretty much every time we see him bat, gets plenty of runs. To see those two getting runs was a positive to come out of the game.

“The amount of water the pitch took over the last three days, we were struggling. So I think the safest decision was taken in the end.

“At this time of year you can get a bit of weather, but you don’t expect pretty much three days of washout. So, all in all, quite a frustrating game, but now the season is over and we’ve got to look to next year and trying to build on a disappointing season.”

The 26-year-old former England wicketkeeper added: “When you win the league the previous season you obviously want to try and compete again and we’ve not done how we’d have liked.

“It’s how we come back from that – get a bit of rest, get our heads fresh again and then try and come back stronger.

“Once you’re out of competitions – and we couldn’t go down – it was all about playing for pride basically. But it was the sort of season, if we’re honest, you just want over and you want to start again – wipe the slate clean and come back a lot better next year.”

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