Hamilton-Brown expected to return
Rory Hamilton-Brown is set to return to action today following an indefinite period of compassionate leave due to the death of close friend and Surrey team-mate Tom Maynard.
Hamilton-Brown, Surrey’s captain since rejoining the county in late 2009, is expected to play in a side led by Gareth Batty as Surrey continue the defence of the Clydesdale Bank 40 versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The 24-year-old announced on July 3 he was taking time out after Maynard, Hamilton-Brown’s flat-mate and school friend, tragically died on June 18. Hamilton-Brown, who played one game between those dates, hit 26 yesterday in Surrey Second XI’s 50-over win against their Hampshire counterparts.
Surrey director of cricket Chris Adams said: “We are delighted to welcome Rory Hamilton-Brown back into the squad. He is ready to play cricket again and that is excellent news for the team and the club.”
Jade Dernbach is also set to return, having recovered from a side strain that has kept him out since July 1. Like Hamilton-Brown, he missed Surrey’s last CB40 game - a five-wicket loss to today’s opponents at Guildford.
Adams added: “The defeat to the Outlaws at Guildford was our first in the competition this season and we know how important it is to bounce straight back at Trent Bridge.
“We have played some excellent cricket in the Clydesdale Bank 40 this summer and, with five group games left, we know how crucial it is that we get back to playing our best one-day cricket, starting against the Outlaws on Wednesday.”
Surrey are without England batsman Kevin Pietersen while Notts are missing Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Taylor, who are also set to play in the second Investec Test with South Africa from tomorrow.
Notts, like Surrey a point behind leaders Hampshire with today’s match in hand, are set to recall seamer Luke Fletcher due to Darren Pattinson’s groin injury and the need to alleviate Andy Carter and Harry Gurney’s workload.
Notts director of cricket Mick Newell said: “Luke has bowled in three second XI matches in the last three weeks and we need to get him involved again because some of our front line bowlers have bowled a lot of overs recently.”
Spinner Graeme White may feature and Newell added: “It’s a used wicket and we might see some turn so we might turn to Graeme to get something from that.”