Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Hour of Poor Decision-Making Killed Us in Survival Clash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Hour of Poor Decision-Making Killed Us in Survival Clash

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Byline: Gareth Batty Surrey off-spinner

THIS time last week we were playing a hard-fought game down in Taunton versus our relegation rivals Somerset. I mentioned that it was a crucial game in our season and unfortunately we were unable to get over the line.

It was a low-scoring game and in those games the margins are extremely tight -- it takes only one good bowling or batting performance to take the game away from the other side. That said, because there was so much riding on the match, it was very cagey with no one man standing out. Apart from one hour on the third day, it was a pretty even game but in that hour we lost quick wickets and that's what killed us. We set only 133 for Somerset to chase in the final innings and it wasn't enough.

Ultimately, everyone has to take responsibility for the loss. We enjoy success and suffer failure as a team. As captain, I take full responsibility for results.

It's not a case of blaming one individual -- we take responsibility as a group and we must address our downfalls together. …

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