Worcestershire v Surrey, Royal London Cup semi-final, Worcester June 17, 2017

'You'll never go to Lord's' - Batty derides Worcester boo boys

Gareth Batty got one over the boo boys © Getty Images

Gareth Batty derided his Worcestershire critics after Surrey's overwhelming victory in the Royal London Cup semi-final and informed them that they would never see their side play in a Lord's final.

His comments came shortly after he had suffered boos and cat-calls during Surrey's 153-run victory on a Worcester ground where he has been sporadically abused since he left Worcestershire eight years ago.

Batty, Surrey's captain and known for his spiky on-field demeanour, made a triumphant return to his former county. His off-breaks reaped 5 for 40 runs - his best List A figures for Surrey - during a feeble Worcestershire batting display.

"Everytime we win and particular when there is a bit of banter flying around, you just want to show people that things can change and people do change.

"It was not nice, I'm not going to lie, but it's not going to change my life. I go back home to my daughter tonight and that's the best thing that will happen to me today.

"You heard it - a few idiots on the boundary. They will go home and to work tomorrow and I will have a day off with my daughter and probably have another day off on Monday as well.

"I hope they think about that and we are playing in a final at Lord's which they will never do."

Batty made a surprise England return against India last winter, 11 years after his previous Test appearance.

He had two run-ins with Worcestershire supporters in 2010, the summer after he left them to join Surrey. He was abused both during a 40-over match and a subsequent Championship encounter. In the latter incident, shortly after he had been dismissed, he went into the crowd to take issue with a spectator before Ian Salisbury, a member of Surrey's coaching staff intervened to calm matters. He was later seen in tears.

Surrey's coach Chris Adams said at the time: "It's quite sad that he wasn't afforded respect by the supporters after putting in long service here," he said. "He's a feisty lad, plays with a lot of passion and he wears his heart on his sleeve. I'm sure that when he reflects on it, he'll be disappointed that he allowed himself to react."

David Hopps is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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  • cricfan0529050851 on June 19, 2017, 16:44 GMT

    No wonder Worcs got rid of him. He's not a naive immature young cricketer. Pathetic frankly to resort to this kind of retort and he should know better. Look forward to the next time Worcester give his team a thrashing...

  •   GirlMeetsCricket on June 19, 2017, 13:10 GMT

    Really poor comments after you've just bowled so well. Presumably he thinks he's better than the working man because he has a day off today?

  • GoodAreasShane on June 19, 2017, 10:14 GMT

    Seems pretty rich coming from Batty considering his dismal international career.

  • pwcricket on June 18, 2017, 17:46 GMT

    I'm not sure that anything he has said or done in the past deserves the kind of abuse we usually associate with the terraces of a Saturday afternoon football match. Or Australians.

  • Notts Fanboy on June 18, 2017, 16:29 GMT

    Yes I remember Tom Maynard but I also remember the unnecessary and ugly confrontation which cost this salt of the earth person a place at T20 Finals day.

    I also remember the incident down at Taunton where he was invited to withdraw his appeal and refused.

    And then there are the remarks he made yesterday which even the Surrey coach has said he'll be disappointed with.

    I've clearly forgotten what a lovely man he is so my sincere apologies. I take it all back.

  • Nutcutlet on June 18, 2017, 15:37 GMT

    @NottsFanboy: that is a disgraceful comment! You have no basis to attack anybody's character without knowing the person concerned very well. Even then, learn this: never criticise the person, only what he or she may have said or done. You have much to learn and you could start by realising your own imperfections. They start with being prejudiced and judgemental - that much is already apparent. Note: I criticised your comments, not you in person! Incidentally, I think Gareth Batty is a fine and intensely passionate and skilful cricketer. He has seen Surrey through some very rough times when a man of lesser resilience would have buckled. Remember the tragedy of Tom Maynard, do you? Who picked up the pieces and saw Surrey through some very dark days? The character of the Surrey captain has been tested many times - and he has always been exemplary in his response. He deserves the respect, if not the affection of cricketers everywhere. For me, and many others, he is a fine man & skipper!

  • Gevelsis on June 18, 2017, 12:22 GMT

    @ Notts Fanboy - All the years of looking in a shaving mirror does tend to make one an expert at detecting an odious character.

  • Notts Fanboy on June 18, 2017, 10:47 GMT

    Batty is a hypocrite. Fine for him to abuse batsmen when he gets then out but can't cop some from a few members of the crowd. An odious character.

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