10 October 2008
By Gavriel Hollander
SURREY HAVE started the rebuilding process following their relegation to the second division of the LV County Championship by capturing the signature of batsman Michael Brown.
The former Hampshire opener has been named his county's batsman of the year in each of the last two seasons.
Brown has scored over 4,000 first-class runs at an average of 34.20 and his 940 runs at 40.86 last season helped Hampshire to an impressive third in the championship.
Although not known as a one-day batsman, the 28-year-old hopes to compete for a place at the top of the Brown Caps order in all competitions next year.
He said: "I am very much looking forward to representing Surrey and will endeavour to contribute both on and off the field to the team playing winning cricket in all forms of the game. It is an exciting time for the Club and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
The opener's role at the Oval changed hands several times last season, with James Benning, Stewart Walters, Matthew Spriegel and Chris Murtagh all filling in at various stages.
Surrey's new managing director Gus MacKay added: "The acquisition of Michael Brown is great news for Surrey County Cricket Club. He was a big player for Hampshire last season and scored a lot of important runs. At the age of 28 he has a long road ahead of him and everyone at the Brit Oval is confident he can fulfil his potential and be a key man at Surrey for years to come."
Surrey will need to show the depth of their batting line-up at the start of next season following the news that Mark Ramprakash will be suspended for their first two games.
The star batsman pleaded guilty to using crude language during Surrey's game against Sussex in August.
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