County news July 29, 2011

Jon Lewis to join Surrey

ESPNcricinfo staff

Seamer Jon Lewis will end his 16-year association with Gloucestershire at the end of this season, having signed a two-year deal with Surrey.

Lewis, 35, played one Test for England against Sri Lanka in 2006 and also appeared in 13 ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals. He has taken more than 770 wickets in first-class cricket and his experience will surely be a valuable asset to Surrey.

"I have had some wonderful times with Gloucestershire, been privileged to captain the club, play with many fantastic players and enjoy terrific backing from the supporters over seventeen seasons, which have brought many highlights," said Lewis.

"I am very grateful for all the opportunities the club has given me. Now I am looking forward to an exciting new challenge with a team I feel is ready to step up to the next level. Surrey has some hugely promising players and I hope I can add some experience to their squad and help their young bowlers progress."

Lewis will strengthen an already impressive bowling line-up at Surrey, joining the likes of Chris Tremlett, Jade Dernbach, Stuart Meaker and Tim Linley - alongside young bowlers such as Matthew Dunn, Tom Jewell and Chris Jordan.

"Jon Lewis has been the most consistent seam bowler in English Domestic cricket for some time now and is exactly the right character and personality I have been looking for," said Surrey Professional Cricket Manager Chris Adams.

"We have a developing group of very exciting young quick bowlers and it is fantastic to know that Jon will be leading that group in the heat of the battle. He will bring a host of qualities on and off the field and is a terrific addition to the squad; I am delighted he has decided to join us."

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  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    After last seasons exodous as a Gloucestershire member and supporter I thought that they would struggle this season.True they were abject in the 20/20 but with a truely brilliant crop of young players the future is looking good in other forms of the game.I don't think we will miss Lewy although I think he will regret joining the Surrey yobs.Their behaviour at the just finished match at Cheltenham was appaling especially Mr Ramprakash after he was given out for obstructing the field.

  • Daniel on July 30, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Dernbach is from the Surrey Academy. lol

  • Alan on July 30, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Certainly this will be the end of an era for Glocuestershire, for whom Lewis has been bowling for years. I agree with the point that Surrey seems to have a huge squad, not least when you consider all the England and ex-England players they have acquired from other counties: Pietersen, Tremlett, Batty, Schofield, Ramprakash, Davies, Dernbach, (Afzaal until last year) and now Lewis ... and yet they still seem to have been struggling in all competitions for a few years now.

  • ian on July 29, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Surrey's most impressive quick bowler has been Tim Linley this season. It would be a shame if he had to step aside to make room for Lewis. It looks as if Surrey will have to let someone go; the squad is already enormous and some of them won't be content to play in the 2nd XI for the foreseeable future. I like the idea of counties raising their own and not buying ready-made players - too much like football! Success tastes sweeter when the players have grown up together. What has Lewis got left anyway? Two or three years tops.

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