Cricket analyst Pete Scott has emerged as one of the backroom staff who made a big difference in Surrey’s dramatic surge towards Division Two promotion in the County Championship’s thrilling final weeks.
Scott was asked by Chris Adams, the Surrey cricket manager, to put together a presentation to the players before Surrey played Leicestershire at Grace Road in late August – the first of their last four games, all of which in reality they knew they had to win to go up.
Adams said: “Pete only had 24 hours to get something together but he did a brilliant job in analysing where we were in the table and how that compared very favourably to where Worcestershire had been at the same stage of the season in 2010.
“They came with a late run to get promoted, and what Pete showed was that – with four rounds of matches to go – Worcestershire had actually had two more points than us at that stage. They had won three of their remaining four games, and drawn the other, and had overtaken the two teams who had been ahead of them.
“We too had two other counties above us in the table, but what his analysis proved – in black and white – was that what we were hoping to achieve was actually very possible. It was a great way of showing the team that they had to believe. It was much better than one of my speeches!
“After we had beaten Leicestershire comfortably, a game in which Pragyan Ojha took a lot of wickets and showed everyone that he could be another match-winner, we went up to Northamptonshire for the crucial game in a really confident mood.
“Northants clearly went into that match feeling that a draw would be enough for them to stay far enough ahead of us to clinch promotion for themselves, but we backed ourselves to beat them and when we managed it I knew that we could go on and do it.
“We still had to get something out of the match at Essex, which I knew would always be a difficult proposition, but then winning there set us up for the last match at home to Derbyshire and – with all due respect to Derbyshire, who did not lie down – there was only ever going to be one winner at the Oval.
“It is an exciting time at the club, with this and a Lord’s final to look forward to, and we will be planning very carefully in the winter months to make sure we compete well in Division One and also continue to challenge for one-day honours. There is a massive amount of potential in this dressing room, and some huge talents.”