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Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Surrey crowned champions
Adam Hollioake and Martin Bicknell will be celebrating again
Surrey have been clearly the best this summer
Surrey have been confirmed as county champions for the third time in four seasons without having to lift a bat in anger.

Their title success was confirmed when Warwickshire failed to pick up maximum batting points in their drawn game with Lancashire at Old Trafford and Kent failed to force a victory against Somerset.

Adam Hollioake's team will go into their final two games with an unassailable lead, having so far recorded eight wins this summer.

They had to manage without skipper Hollioake for the first part of the season following the death of younger brother and teammate Ben in a car crash in Australia.

And the team were also deprived of the services of prolific wicket-taker Martin Bicknell, who was forced to miss five games with a broken arm.

There were also England calls for Alec Stewart, Mark Butcher, Alex Tudor and Graham Thorpe at various times.

"That's the reason Surrey are the best side, the strength in depth.

"It's been a thoroughly good team effort with a copuple of outstanding seasons by (Mark) Ramprakash and (Ian) Ward who gave us the level of runs to enable us to bowl sides out," seam bowler Ed Giddins told BBC Sport Online.

Surrey boosted their squad last winter with the acquisiton of paceman Jimmy Ormond and he has contributed 47 wickets so far, a total exceeded only by Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

"Saqlain's a magician. He was a step ahead of everybody when he first came into the county game.

"The batsmen have worked him out a little bit but he's still top of our tree and will continue to be effective for Surrey," Giddins added.

Surrey return to action in a one-day game against Essex at Chelmsford on Sunday.

Their next Championship fixture is against Hampshire at Southampton and they conclude the season with a home game against Leicestershire.

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