Adams urges caution after impressive Surrey start

Chris Adams is wary of setting unrealistic targets for his Surrey team despite seeing them make an impressive start on their return to Division One of the LV County Championship.

Surrey’s team director enjoyed his first Championship win against his former county after they wrapped up victory by 86 runs on the final day at The Oval.

Despite only winning promotion by a single point last season some bookmakers have installed Surrey as title favourites and it is not hard to see why given the strength of their squad, yet Adams is counseling caution.

“It’s a great start and I feel there is a lot more to come from the individuals in the team,” said Adams. “But let’s not get carried away. Sussex are the benchmark for us in terms of Division One because they always play as hard and competitively as they can so it’s a great win for us.

“But I haven’t looked any further ahead than the four Championship games we have scheduled in April. We’ll reassess then.”

Jon Lewis wrapped up the victory with the final two wickets as Sussex were bowled out for 255 despite a superb 108 from left-hander Luke Wells, but Adams believes it was the batting of Tom Maynard and skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown earlier in the game which made the difference.

“The positive way they played typifies the exciting, aggressive cricket we like to play,” said Adams. “It gave us enough runs to be able to have attacking fields in their second innings and keep the pressure on.”

Adams hopes wicketkeeper Steve Davies will be available for the next Championship game against Middlesex at Lord’s after he returned home from England’s tour of Sri Lanka.

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