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WHEN Surrey do lose, you can gauge the margin of defeat, not by looking at the scorecard, but by measuring the time between the end of the game and when Chris Adams appears to give his post-match interview for Surrey TV.
Last Saturday, it was as long a delay as I've known in Adams' time at the Oval.
The championship game at Horsham didn't tell us anything we didn't know already. Surrey are now expert at first-innings batting collapses.
With the bat, they have tried five opening combinations in four-day cricket and none of them have come off.
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Also, Surrey's attack can make light work of their opponents' top order, but not the tail, which invariably wags. For me, the most disappointing thing was that they did not have it in them to bat out the final day at Horsham, nor did they look to set a target that Sussex would have found impossible to chase down in the time available.
On my previous visits to the tiny ground, I have seen the spinners deposited in the adjoining tennis courts. Not once was Monty Panesar hit for a maximum.
Instead, Panesar bowled 33 overs, 22 of which were maidens. But to see Surrey's batsmen so troubled by James Anyon and Steven Magoffin, two seamers who had stints at the Oval, and were found wanting, was even more galling.
And, as if that wasn't enough, when Dirk Nannes was having a shakedown during the lunch interval, he pulled up feeling his right ankle.
How does the song go? Things can only get better!