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By Ben Horne
January 28 2007

Here are player profiles of Stewart Walters, Neil Saker and Jade Dernbach. Stewart Walters

Stewart made his debut for Surrey in a tote sport League match against Sussex in 2005, scoring 30. He featured in a further five matches and finished the season with 134 runs. During the 2006 season Walters played three times in the County Championship and hit a highest score of 67. Although he struggled in the one-day format of the game, he captained the side in the C and G trophy match against Essex. In second XI Cricket, Walters impressed by scoring 1036 runs, which included three centuries and a highest score of 184 not out. During the winter, Stewart plays club Cricket in Australia for Midland Guildford, which is the same team that former Surrey and England wicket-keeper Alex Stewart played for. With a number of high profile retirements expected in the coming seasons, Stewart is set a play a major part in the future of Surrey CCC.

Neil Saker

Coming through the ranks at Surrey, Saker is a tall fast bowler and was the first ever Surrey academy player to be award a professional contract. In 2005 he was a regular feature in the one-day side and took 11 wickets in as many games. He impressed in the second team taking 29 wickets and ended as Surrey’s top wicket taker. In the 2006 campaign Saker featured in seven County Championship matches and showed potential as he claimed 14 wickets. He also showed form with the bat by scoring a half century against Essex. Like many other Surrey players Saker has played grade Cricket in Australia. In 2004/05 he played for Randwick Petersham, while in 2005/06 he featured for Blacktown.

Jade Dernbach

Born in South Africa, Jade became the youngest person to make a debut for Surrey in 30 years when he played against India A in 2003. In 2005 he was thrust into the spotlight when selected to play against Lancashire in the semi final of the Twent20 cup. With figures of 0 for 52, he was clearly under prepped. However he was given further chances in the tote sport League but looked out of his depth with some erratic performances. Things improved in 2006 as he made some useful contributions in the C and G trophy, but still struggled to keep his economy rate low. He showed potential in the second, XI ending with 46 wickets at an average of 25, and was Surrey’s top wicket taker. Jade has also spent time in Australia, playing grade Cricket in Sydney for Randwick/Petersham. In 2005 he won the Jack Hobbs Fair Play award.

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