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Preview on Wednesday's C&G Trophy Match

By Jon Artman
May 2 2005

Surrey will not want a repeat of last year's embarassing defeat to Ireland in the C&G Trophy. They were outplayed by a team who thought they had no chance, but surprised everyone with an astounding victory. Here, we take a look at the match against Staffordshire. This match is bound to be followed by curious neutrals, to see if they can sport another shock victory for the minor county underdogs. Surrey will want to make sure that no complacency or underestimation comes into play on Wednesday. If they want to have a chance of glory this year, dispatchment of minor counties is imperative. But Staffordshire will not want to be gunned down so easily. Their morale for the game is sure to be boosted by the heroics of Ireland last year. Perhaps this will influence them to a win... Although coloured clothing and a white ball (as of the totesport league system) has been introduced this year to the C&G trophy, matches against minor counties will be played in the usual whites and red ball.

Last chance for the giant-killers
The C&G Trophy, formerly the Gillette Cup and NatWest Trophy, may not be the equal of football's FA Cup in terms of history or global profile.

But like the FA Cup, it has provided the game's lesser names with a chance to embarrass more illustrious opposition.

The competition was inaugurated in 1963 but this year will be the last chance for Minor Counties sides to upset the odds.

Ahead of the first-round matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, BBC Sport looks back at past 'giant-killings'.

1973 BRIAN LANDER, Durham v Yorkshire

Geoff Boycott
Geoff Boycott was unable to save Yorkshire from defeat
Yorkshire became the first side to fall to Minor Counties opposition as Durham pulled off a famous five-wicket win at Harrogate.

Durham skipper Lander took 5-15 as the county side were bowled out for 135 and Russell Inglis (47) and Stephen Greensword (35 not out) helped knock off the runs with nine and a half overs to spare.

1974 IAN MOORE, Lincolnshire v Glamorgan

Martin Maslin and John Dale took three wickets each as Glamorgan were dismissed for 155 at Swansea.

Lincolnshire struggled to 80-4 in reply but an unbroken stand of 76 between skipper Moore (62) and Trevor Blades (50) saw them home by six wickets.

1976 ROBIN JOHNS, Hertfordshire v Essex

Essex looked set for an easy win after Ray East (4-28) helped bowl out Hertfordshire for 153 at Hitchin.

But they reckoned without off-spinner Johns (4-31) and slow left-armer Doshi (4-23) as they crashed to 120 all out and a 33-run defeat. Doshi went on to play Test cricket for India.

1984 MUSHTAQ MOHAMMAD, Shropshire v Yorkshire

Mushtaq Mohammad
Mushtaq's efforts made him an instant Shropshire hero
Former Pakistan Test player Mushtaq shone with bat and ball as Shropshire pulled off a surprise 37-run win at Telford.

He made 80, and was well supported by Stephen Gale (68), as they totalled 229-5 and then took 3-26 with his leg-spin as Yorkshire were dismissed for 192 in reply.

1985 STEPHEN GREENSWORD, Durham v Derbyshire

Derbyshire were bowled out for 171 despite 53 from skipper Kim Barnett, with Greensword (3-20) and Ashok Patel (3-34) doing the bulk of the damage.

Greensword then made 40 with the bat for Durham and skipper Neil Riddell wrapped things up with 49 not out as they reached 172-3.

1987 STEPHEN EDWARDS, Buckinghamshire v Somerset

Buckinghamshire enjoyed their finest hour at High Wycombe against a Somerset side including New Zealand Test star Martin Crowe.

Edwards was left unbeaten on 25 as they were all out for 154 but he dismissed Nigel Felton and Crowe in a spell of 2-14 from 12 overs as Somerset slumped to 147 all out, with Stephen Burrow taking 3-32.

1988 JOHN O'BRIEN, Cheshire v Northants

Northants came a cropper at Boughton Hall where they were all out for 161 despite their captain Geoff Cook carrying his bat for 53.

Spinner O'Brien took 2-19 and later came to the wicket as last man with 12 runs still needed as he and Andrew Fox guided them to a thrilling one-wicket win off the penultimate ball of the game.

1998 CRAIG WRIGHT, Scotland v Worcestershire

Craig Wright
Wright's wickets left Worcestershire with too much to do
Bruce Patterson (71) and Mike Allingham (54) were the major contributors as Scotland posted a total of 244-6 in Edinburgh.

Wright then took 5-23, including the wickets of Graeme Hick and Tom Moody, to leave them on 98-6 and Worcestershire finished four runs short despite the efforts of Gavin Haynes (74) and Stuart Lampitt (54)

1999 FEIKO KLOPPENBURG, Holland v Durham

Durham joined the list of first-class counties in 1992, but seven years later received a taste of the medicine they had handed out to others in the past as the Dutch pulled off a five-wicket win at Amstelveen.

Kloppenburg took 4-25 as Durham were dismissed for 194 and then made 61 at the start of his side's successful run chase, with Luuk van Troost adding an unbeaten 59 in the final stages.

2001 HARSHAD PATEL & NATHAN ROUND, Hertfordshire v Middlesex

Hertfordshire appeared to have little chance after Middlesex reached 278-6 in their 50 overs at Luctonians CC despite the early dismissal of future Test star Andrew Strauss for four.

But Patel (68) and Round (66) shared an opening stand of 129 and Nick Davies (39 not out) saw them home on 279-7 with one ball remaining.

2004 ANDREW WHITE, Ireland v Surrey

Jason Molins
Ireland will play a revamped C& G Trophy in 2006
Surrey's big reputation counted for nothing as the Irish pulled off a magnificent five-wicket victory with White taking 3-43 and then adding an unbeaten 20 as the game reached its climax.

The county side made 261 thanks primarily to Ali Brown (67) and Adam Hollioake (52) but Jason Molins launched the reply with 58 off 57 balls and Jeremy Bray weighed in with 52 as they got home in the 49th over.

2004 ANDREW PROCTER, Devon v Leicestershire

Last year's second giant-killing was the most exciting of all as Devon scraped through at Leicestershire's expense by virtue of losing fewer wickets at Exmouth.

Proctor took 3-26 as the visitors were all out for 161, but despite 42 from skipper Richard Dawson, Devon were hanging on at the end as Procter and Aqeel Ahmed played out the last few balls to reach 161-9.

Surrey Team News:

Tim Murtagh is still out and likely to be for about 2-3 weeks.
Mark Butcher is also out but returns in mid-May.
Martin Bicknell should be available for selection.
Ian Salisbury is also on the injury list and also misses the next 2 Championship games.
Azhar Mahmood's shin compartment syndrome is improving and should be bowling in 2 weeks.
Steve Rixon will not be back for the match, so Alan Butcher continues his duties as coach in the meantime.

Staffordshire Team News:

Led by captain Richard Harvey, they include former Middlesex spinner Imran Tahir and Alfonso Thomas as their 2 allowed overseas players.

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