Gould eyes up further success

13 September 2018 10:32:48 EST

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould says the challenge for his club now is to try and ensure continued success, having clinched a first County Championship title since 2002.

A three-wicket victory over Worcestershire at New Road ensured that the Brown Caps could not be caught by Somerset, with two rounds of matches still to be played.

The challenge ahead will be to continue pushing for Championship titles and keep providing players for England and fill the gaps when those players go off and perform.

Richard Gould

However, far from resting on his laurels, Gould has already turned one eye to the future and the process of trying to secure further honours.

He told BBC Sport: "It's been lovely to see so many of our young players, who've come through the system, be a key part of it alongside some more experienced heads leading them along the way.

"The club's had to wait a long time since its last County Championship title.

"The challenge ahead will be to continue pushing for Championship titles and keep providing players for England and fill the gaps when those players go off and perform."

Surrey are unbeaten in 12 games in the first division this summer, having won ten and drawn two, leaving them 61 points clear of second-placed Somerset.

Meanwhile, at the wrong end of the table, Worcs prop up the standings, with Lancashire immediately above them.

Yorkshire have a 14-point cushion ahead of the bottom two after defeating the Red Rose by 95 runs in a potentially pivotal clash at Headingley.

However, Tykes head coach Andrew Gale is taking nothing for granted ahead of the final two matches of the season, telling BBC Radio Leeds: "It's key we continue (to perform) for the rest of the season. If we do, the results will look after themselves, but we're not counting our chickens yet."

Worcs can be backed at 3/1 to win the T20 Blast title on Saturday, with Lancs priced at 5/2, Somerset 11/4 and Sussex 13/5.

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