Roach returns to Surrey for start of 2023 season


Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, will be returning to Surrey for the first six games of the LV=Insurance County Championship season.

Roach, 34, is coming back to the club for a third season after successful spells in 2021 and in the title-winning 2022 season. In his time at Surrey so far, he has taken 47 wickets at 23.57, including best figures of 8 for 40 against Hampshire in 2021.

Twenty-five of Roach’s wickets came in seven matches in last year’s Championship triumph, including a second-innings five-for against Warwickshire at the Kia Oval in July, to set up a six-wicket victory.

Roach – who last year became the sixth West Indian to reach 250 Test wickets – will join up with the squad ahead of Surrey’s first fixture, away at Emirates Old Trafford against Lancashire, and his first game back at The Oval will be against Hampshire (13-16 April).

Roach will then be available for the trips to Edgbaston and Chelmsford before finishing his spell with two home derbies against Middlesex (11-14 May) and Kent (18-21 May).

“I really enjoy playing for Surrey and winning the title last year was incredible to be a part of,” Roach said. “It’s such a talented and exciting group of players and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch representing the club.”

Gareth Batty, Head Coach at Surrey, added: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Kemar back to Surrey. He brings great ability and work ethic, and his experience plays an important role in the dressing room.

“Kemar has already shown what he can do in his time at the club so far and we’re excited to have him joining us again this year.” (ESPNcricinfo)

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