County news March 24, 2016

Rampaul signing cheers Surrey after Dernbach blow

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ravi Rampaul blows a kiss during the Caribbean Premier League © CPL T20 Ltd.2015

Surrey have strengthened their bowling attack ahead of the new season by signing the West Indian pace bowler Ravi Rampaul on a two-year deal.

Rampaul, 31, who has played 18 Tests, 92 ODIs and 23 T20Is, will ease Surrey's worries about the strength of their pace resources on their return to Division One after an injury to Jade Dernbach exposed a squad that has lost Chris Tremlett and Tim Linley from last season.

Surrey have, though, pulled off one of the most high-profile signings of the clsoe season by tempting Mark Footitt, the leading wicket-taker in Division Two last season, from Derbyshire.

Surrey have benefited from London weighting this season on the ECB salary cap and have used this to pull off a series of overseas raids.

Rampaul is Surrey's third overseas signing this month after the securing of the South African pacemen Conor McKerr and Mathew Pillans, by virtue of British ancestry, stoked fears in South Africa about a drain of talent into county cricket. Rampaul will qualify to represent Surrey as a Kolpak player.

Surrey's director of cricket Alec Stewart said: "Ravi will add experience to our seam bowling attack and we look forward to him joining the squad."

Surrey also confirmed that Dernbach is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a back problem. A statement on the club's website read: "Following a scan on his injured back earlier this week, Jade Dernbach is due to have more diagnostic testing in six weeks time. It is then hoped that he will return to cricket specific rehabilitation."

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  •   Charlie Sayer on March 31, 2016, 13:44 GMT

    Last Surrey-raised player to appear for England: Jason Roy got MotM yesterday in a World Cup semi-final....

    If you only care about Test cricket then (if we ignore Chris Jordan who wasn't good enough at Surrey, despite getting plenty of game time) Rikki Clarke in 2003 was the last Surrey-raised player to debut. Not a great record, but then Surrey haven't been great at the long form of the game for a while. Lots of ODI and T20I players provided since then, which has been the team's area of strength.

  • Peter on March 30, 2016, 18:49 GMT

    More Kolpak players, it's about time these clubs start working on the youth.

    Huge area to get youth from and the team is full of foreign players. I for one hope Surrey go down this year, they don't deserve to be in Div 1

  • DAVID on March 29, 2016, 13:11 GMT

    Nice to see the Surrey haters are emerging from their winter hibernation. As a Surrey supporter I see this as sensible move giving us enough depth to be able to compete not only in the CC1 but in both the 50 & 20 over competitions, surely winning trophies is what professional sport is all about? As rightly pointed out by Charlie, Dernbach & Meaker have struggled over the last 2yrs and cannot be relied on to last the season, Dunn also has had injury issues combined with being an emerging talent, Curran Snr has one full season CC2 behind him and may at times need to be rested in Div 1, Curran Jnr is 17 and still at school and will need time to develop, Footitt is on the England radar so an injury or two could very well see him called up. The two South Africans are another issue and not knowing anything about them couldn't say if they're immediate first XI material or for the future. Overall as a club we have as many of our academy players in the first team squad as any other.

  • Jack on March 29, 2016, 12:25 GMT

    @Charlie Sayer: We'll see how it pans out but I think these signings will limit the opportunities for Surrey's young bowlers and that is where people become frustrated.

    Who was the last home grown Surrey player to make an impact with England? I'm sure I've forgotten someone but I'm going back to Graham Thorpe I think and he finished playing in 2005. For a County of Surrey's size and resources that is serious underachievement. I don't think they've been lacking in talent they just don't seem to get the balance of their squad right.

  •   Charlie Sayer on March 28, 2016, 21:36 GMT

    Lots of people slamming Surrey, as ever, but we have a strong, young, home grown backbone in Burns, Ansari, Roy, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Dunn, Sibley, Dernbach, Meaker, etc. complimented by a few more domestic signings in Davies, Batty, Wilson, Footit, Burke, Foakes, etc. and a couple of overseas players in Sangakkara/Finch and Rampaul. Obviously it would be better to see home grown players instead of the two South Africans, but the squad has lost three seamers over the close season (Tremlett, Balcombe, Linley), and Meaker and Dernbach have injury issues. The Currans and Dunn are young and still finding their way, so some experience is needed. I don't think the squad is made up too differently to most other sides in reality? I didn't hear people complaining about Fidel Edwards last year, for example.

  • Paul on March 28, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    No wonder they are so disliked throughout the county game.

  • David on March 26, 2016, 18:13 GMT

    Why does the wealthiest club depend so much on buying in overseas players? Huge catchment area, plenty of cash - no home-grown talent. But, as a Committee Member of a Surrey Club, and a Surrey Colts League, it comes as no surprise - Surrey's support of the grass roots is minimal

  •   Steve Back on March 25, 2016, 23:23 GMT

    Losing Jade Dernbach is hardly a blow to Surrey!

  •   Bryan Kirby on March 25, 2016, 13:12 GMT

    Good old Surrey. Another promising youngster on the books. Shameful as ever from a club with a ludicrously over-inflated opinion of itself. Maybe they should try developing some ENGLISH talent.

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