Burns – Collective Effort Won Title

Burns – Collective Effort Won Title

Captain Rory Burns hailed Surrey’s first County Championship title in 16 years as a “massive team effort”. Surrey’s three-wicket victory over Worcestershire at New Road on Thursday sealed the Championship with two rounds of fixtures still to play.

Burns’ side reached their target of 270 with Morne Morkel’s boundary to confirm a ninth win on the trot and Burns revealed his delight afterwards as the players celebrated on the balcony.

He told Sky Sports: “It was in the balance overnight with a tricky score to chase but I’m delighted to get over the line. I watched most of it from the tea room; I was having a coffee, just trying to keep myself quite chilled. But I’m delighted.

“It has been a massive team effort from everyone involved; obviously there have been a couple of standouts every now and again and a couple of young England players in the mix, which is always handy.”

Burns insists Surrey will not switch off as they look to finish the season with two more victories to extend their fine winning run to 11.

He added: “The ambition has definitely got to be to try and get numbers 10 and 11 [wins] notched up; I’m just happy with number nine and the win.”

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