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Five years, one trophy for Adams

Alex Winter

June 17, 2013

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As Chris Adams is sacked by Surrey midway through the season, ESPNcricinfo looks back at his five years at The Oval

Steven Davies made 68 against his former county, Worcestershire v Surrey, County Championship, Division Two, New Road, August 17, 2010
The signing of Steven Davies was perhaps Chris Adams' best acquisition at Surrey © PA Photos
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September 2008
Ends first-class career, 20 years after his debut in 1988 with over 19,000 runs at 38.68.

December 2008
Appointed Surrey professional cricket manager, succeeding Alan Butcher who was sacked after Surrey were relegated in a season where Shoaib Akhtar and Chris Lewis played for the club.

March 2009
Ian Salisbury appointed second XI coach.

June 2009
Surrey beat Northamptonshire by an innings at Wantage Road. It would be their only victory of the season.

September 2009
Adams' first season ends with Surrey seventh in Division Two of the Championship, bottom of Pro40 Division Two and with only two wins in the Friends Life t20.

December 2009
Appoints 22-year-old Rory Hamilton-Brown as captain. Wicketkeeper Steven Davies signs from Worcestershire.

January 2010
Brings in Chris Tremlett from Hampshire and nurses him back to form ahead of the Ashes in Australia

May 2010
Surrey record only their second Championship victory since September 2007.

September 2010
Victory in a contrived result at Bristol in the final match of the season saves Surrey from the wooden spoon.

April 2011
Richard Gould arrives as Surrey's chief executive, describing the job as "one of the biggest challenges in UK sport".

May 2011
Adams criticised for missing Surrey's match at Fenners to commentate for Sky Sports. Surrey lost to Cambridge MCCU by 10 wickets.

Surrey's cricketers celebrate their CB40 triumph on the balcony at Lord's, Somerset v Surrey, CB40 final, Lord's, September 17 2011
The Clydesdale Bank 40 success in 2011 should have been the start of greater things for a talented Surrey side © Getty Images

August 2011
A thumping defeat by Kent leaves Surrey 57 points off promotion with four games to play. Adams signs Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha.

September 2011
Season ends with a golden flourish as Surrey lift their first trophy for eight years, winning the Clydesdale Bank 40 and four Ojha-inspired victories lead them to promotion in the Championship

April 2012
Surrey begin the season as an outside bet for the Championship and show why with an opening round victory over Sussex.

June 2012
The death of young batsman Tom Maynard rocks the club. Maynard's best friend, Hamilton-Brown, takes a break from the game.

July 2012
Adams says that Mark Ramprakash won't play again in the season, which prompts Ramprakash's retirement. Surrey announce signing of Vikram Solanki, one of a number of elder statesmen that Surrey bring in, attempting to find stability in the dressing room.

August 2012
Hamilton-Brown resigns the Surrey captaincy and leaves the club at the end of the season. Gareth Batty takes over and the county rally to avoid relegation.

November 2012
South African Graeme Smith appointed captain on a three-year deal. He would make just one half-century in five Championship innings before being ruled out for the season with injury.

February 2013
Surrey unveil Ricky Ponting who signed a two-month contract to include Twenty20.

May 2013
Surrey lose to Durham and Nottinghamshire inside nine days on their way to a winless first eight matches of the season.

June 2013
Adams sacked as team director, first team coach Salisbury also leaves the club

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