White-ball domestic cricket is back for 2019 as Surrey host Middlesex at the Kia Oval in the Royal London One-Day Cup. Play starts at 11am and tickets are available.
Jordan Clark could be in line for a debut for Surrey in Royal London One-Day Cup action having been named in the 14-man squad for today’s One-Day Cup clash with Middlesex. All-rounder Clark has recovered from a knee injury sustained during the pre-season tour of Dubai and is now available for selection. Overseas batsman Dean Elgar arrived in the country on Wednesday and could make the first appearance of his third spell with the Club at the Kia Oval.
Surrey Academy graduates Jamie Smith and Ryan Patel are also in contention for what would be their List A debuts. Rikki Clarke, Ollie Pope and Jason Roy, who were all forced from the field during Tuesday’s win over Essex, will miss out.
Clarke suffered an open dislocation to a finger on his right hand while Pope dislocated his shoulder fielding on the boundary. Both will see specialists in the coming days to discover the extent of the damage.
Roy was forced to retire hurt early in his innings following a back spasm and although he returned to the middle for the final 3.2 overs of Surrey’s innings, he didn’t then take to the field as the 65-run win was confirmed. The batsman joins his England teammate Tom Curran on the sidelines. Curran missed Tuesday’s victory with a low grade calf injury.
Roy, Curran and Liam Plunkett will all join up with the England squad for the upcoming One-Day Internationals with Ireland and Pakistan following Thursday’s match.
Also unavailable for selection are Jade Dernbach (calf) and Scott Borthwick (side) while Gus Atkinson, Matt Dunn and Amar Virdi are back in training but not yet match fit. Sam Curran remains in the Indian Premier League with Kings XI Punjab.
(Preview courtesy of the Surrey CCC website).
Ones to watch: Liam Plunkett for Surrey. With over 100 England caps Plunkett has experience in abundance and is a potent addition to the Surrey bowling attack for this season.
Gates open at 9am. Play starts at 11am.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link. Save £5 by purchasing online.
Tickets on the day available at the gate.
About the Royal London One-Day Cup: The format is as follows. Counties are once again divided geographically into two groups of nine, and play eight matches (four home and four away). The top three teams in each group progress to the knock-out stages, with the teams finishing in second and third place playing off for the chance of a semi-final against one of the group winners. The final takes places at Lord’s on Saturday 25 May.