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FROM In September there will be four rounds of divisional County Championship Cricket but until the group stages are completed, fixtures are TBC. Dates are subject to change. Fixtures correct and up-to-date at the time of printing (29.03.2021). Match timings and additional fixtures can be found at sussexcricket.co.uk

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WELCOME TO THE 2021 EDITION OF THE SUSSEX HANDBOOK.

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The fact that you have this handbook in your hands says a lot about the determination to salvage something of the 2020 season. I think we all felt at some stage last summer that there might not be any cricket at all, so everyone involved deserves credit and the grateful thanks of all cricket lovers, even if they couldn’t be there in person to watch. Here at Sussex it does feel like a new beginning with two new head coaches and the emergence of a crop of talented young players who could form the backbone of our team in all formats for many years to come. We wish Ian Salisbury, James Kirtley, Ben Brown, Luke Wright and the players all the best for 2021 with the wish that at some stage Sussex supporters can take up familiar vantage points at 1st Central County

Chairman Bob Warren 4 Chief Executive Rob Andrew 10 Director of Cricket Keith Greenfied 14 Head Coach Ian Salisbury 16 Developing our T20 Team 18 Sussex Milestones 20 Cricket on the radio 24 Women’s and girls cricket 26 Commercial 28 Sussex Cricket Society 30 Obituaries 32

Ground to watch the new era unfold for themselves. Even Wisden has slimmed down this year so it’s no surprise that this handbook is the smallest the club has ever produced. A round of thanks nonetheless to those who have contributed articles and been involved in the production process: Chris Hewitt at Oliver & Grimes for the design; Paul Elford and Nick Sharp for the scorecards; Roger Packham for writing the obituaries; Paul Weaver for his contribution on three Sussex greats celebrating milestone birthdays this year; and Norman Epps, for updating the records section. Finally, to Sam Keir at the club for ensuring articles were written in good time. BRUCE TALBOT, EDITOR

BOB WILLIS TROPHY 2020 review 36 Scorecards 40 Averages 45 Notes on the season 46 VITALITY BLAST 2020 review 48 Scorecards 53 Averages 65 Notes on the season 66 RECORDS Records 68

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A YEAR

LIKE NO OTHER

I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT THE 2020 SEASON WAS UNLIKE ANY OTHER IN OUR HISTORY.

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It was clear at last year’s AGM that we would facing potential problems, but I don’t think anyone realised the impact that COVID-19 would have on our normal lives and in particular sport. As an organisation we were faced with potentially no income for the foreseeable future, along with the other 17 counties. The ECB is often criticised, but as soon as the dire financial situation became apparent they confirmed that the distribution of 2020 funds would be maintained. We were also helped by many of our members who donated their subscriptions and many of our sponsors who delayed or extended their contracts. Despite all of the financial issues, lockdowns and other problems, cricket was played in Sussex as soon as it was possible. I think it is important for members to note that although we are responsible for all cricket in the county, our priority is to produce top-class cricketers for Sussex and England. It is also important to realise that we are going to be faced with changes in terms of governance and the way cricket is run in future. It is clear that we are going to be

judged on the way we tackle issues such as inclusion and diversity and that future ECB funding will depend on how each county deals with this. Anticipating a few years ago that this situation was likely to happen, our members backed the decision to make our Board and organisation more inclusive and diverse. I am pleased to report that we are making good progress. We now have three female Board members. The Sussex Cricket Foundation Trustees have both female members and members from the BAME community. We will continue along this path until we eventually match Sport England’s recommendations on inclusion and diversity. PROFESSIONAL CRICKET We got off to a great start in the Bob Willis Trophy, which saw the counties split into three regional groups, by beating Hampshire by 94 runs. We lost the next four games although a couple were very close. Overall, though, it was probably not the performance we were hoping for. Notwithstanding the results we did have some very excellent

individual performances. Tom Haines scored his second first-class hundred and Ollie Robinson continued to regularly contribute with the ball. Another plus was that three youngsters, Jack Carson, Henry Crocombe and 16-year-old James Cole, played first-class cricket. Cole became our second-youngest first-class player. All three came through extremely well. Our congratulations to Essex who won the competition. Congratulations to Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan who both played important roles for England. Ollie Robinson and Phil Salt were called into the England squads but did not play although I don’t think it will be long before they make their debuts. Congratulations to Georgia Elwiss, Danni Wyatt and Freya Davies who were called up to the senior England squad. Ella McCaughan and Freya Kemp were invited to join the England academy. The Vitality Blast again showed Sussex Sharks at its best. As usual Phil Salt and captain Luke Wright led the way and there were also excellent contributions from David Wiese and Delray Rawlins. We comfortably qualified for the quarterfinals but came up against a very good Lancashire side who were much better on the day. Our congratulations to Nottinghamshire who prevailed at Finals Day. GENERAL Members will have read that changes have taken place in our professional cricket department. Jason Gillespie was offered the role of director of cricket in South Australia and although he still had a year to go on his contract we decided not to stand in his way, allowing him to take up his dream job. He went with our thanks for the work he has done over the last three years. We acted quickly to fill the post of head coach and decided to move back to full-time appointments. Members will be as pleased as I am that James Kirtley and Ian Salisbury have been appointed as joint head coaches. The Hundred competition was postponed and will take place this summer. Several Sussex players who were picked in the original draft have kept their places for this year’s launch.

FINANCE Treasurer Ed Putnam extensively detailed our 2019-20 performance in his report at the AGM. I would like to echo his comments in thanking our finance team for the sterling work they done during a very difficult time. STAFF Our staff have been outstanding in ensuring that we continue to function at the highest possible levels. The commitment has been extraordinary. Led by our Chief Executive Rob Andrew, the team of Keith Greenfield, Mark Judges, Kay Gunn, Alan Bradshaw, Ian Waring, Gary Wallis-Taylor, Laura Walford, Richard Halsall, Tony Cottey, Sam Keir and head groundsman Ben Gibson deserve our thanks. My report contains content provided by many of them. Led by CEO Tom Harrison, the ECB have really stepped up to the plate during these unusual times. Apart from ensuring that the 18 counties received the promised distribution, they managed to put on international men’s series against West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Australia and a women’s series against West Indies. All the games went ahead without a single person becoming infected with COVID-19 which was amazing. Getting these games played ensured the majority of the broadcast contracts were delivered and greatly mitigated ECB’s financial losses. ECB - DEVELOPING THE GAME The ECB has invited Sussex Cricket to submit separate Urban Plans for Cricket in Greater Brighton and Crawley. These are being prepared by our respective Area Cricket Hubs, which bring together all the clubs in the localities. The Urban Plans will become part of the Sussex Cricket County Plan for 2021-24, within its overall purpose of ‘Inspiring a passion for cricket.’ The intention is to highlight good practice for replication elsewhere, to identify areas for development and to ensure that cricket provides significant benefits to local citizens by way of improving health and wellbeing; economic recovery; environmental sustainability and social inclusion and diversity. The invitations are a welcome challenge and BOB WARREN

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have wonderful potential for inspiring the next generation and growing and supporting the game in our communities, transforming women’s and girls’ cricket and developing grounds and infrastructure. THE SUSSEX CRICKET ACADEMY AND THE PATHWAY PROGRAMME Thanks to Richard Halsall, our Academy Director, for the following report. The excellent opportunities afforded to Academy players last season reflected the circumstances professional cricket across the country found itself in whilst handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECB guidelines meant that Academy players trained with the players called up by England. All our senior coaches attended these sessions. The training took place in small groups and was very individually focussed, a lesson which was repeated when the Pathway sessions began at Blackstone in late June. The COVID training protocols outlined by the ECB had given us a training format which I hope we will continue to adopt as a foundation element of our development. With the return of the Sussex professional staff, the Bob Willis Trophy preparation concluded in an inter squad two-day game. The Academy players played with an intensity and skill which impressed everyone and two 16-year-olds, Archie Lenham and Dan Ibrahim, shared in a partnership of over 80. Performances in training and in this game resulted in Jack Carson and Henry Crocombe being selected in the early rounds of the Bob Willis Trophy. James Coles became the second-youngest cricketer to represent Sussex in a first-class match when he played against Surrey at the Kia Oval, taking three wickets for only 35 runs. Carson took 15 wickets at an average of 22 in his first year of first-class cricket. Jamie Atkins, having trained so well during the first lockdown, was rewarded when he was selected in the North v South Under-18 fixture in September where he took 6 for 95 from 30 overs of real pace and hostility. In the same game, Henry took 2 for 55 from 20 overs and scored a vital 27 not out to bring the South victory. James Coles joined these two players in the England Under-19 winter training squad after 6 |

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impressing in the North v South one-day fixtures. Crocombe, Carson and Atkins have all accepted contracts as a reward for their performances, work ethic, drive and ambition. The season threw up some strange situations. In one practice game Dan Ibrahim found himself batting with Ravi Bopara and they put on a 100run partnership. These games provided amazing opportunities for Academy players to mix and play alongside our senior professionals. There were other notable performances during the season. Ali Orr continued to score runs with fifties against Kent, Middlesex and Essex whilst Ed Taylor, with 79 off 35 balls, against Surrey at Hove, Tom Hinley with 55 off 24 balls against Middlesex and Tawanda Muyeye with 92 off 52 and 43 off 29 deliveries against Middlesex, showed why they have the potential to play professionally and press for further honours. Sussex are blessed with a significant number of young players in all age groups who have the potential to go on and really achieve and the quality in our 10-13 years age group is abnormally high. The Eastbourne side that won the August Cup included six current Pathway players, an achievement that highlights the second key element of the Pathway Programme which is contributing to a vibrant and healthy club structure whilst producing players that help Sussex win matches. I am aware there is significant work to be done on both fronts but the ambition remains to work closer with the clubs who last summer put on so many fixtures for Pathway players and genuinely nurture them; maintain our relationship

James Coles became Sussex’s second- youngest first-class cricketer when he made his debut against Surrey.

with the outstanding independent sector schools in Sussex and our partnership with Oxfordshire Cricket Board; and enhance the unique cricket experience available at Brighton Aldridge Cricket Academy, a professional environment which values and integrates the Pathway to the extent we saw last summer and during the winter. All working with a supportive and ambitious parent body providing exciting opportunities for every young cricketer in Sussex. WOMEN & GIRLS Thanks to Keith Greenfield, our Director of Cricket, for the following report. We managed to get a large proportion of our girls’ pathway programme indoors before the first lockdown in March 2020. In the early summer months strength and conditioning were delivered online. Cricket sessions were delivered in July and August at BACA through the exceptional efforts of Ian Cox, Alexia Walker and Jack Baldwin who organised one-to-one small group sessions and intra-squad festival weeks. It would appear our achievements in this area were amongst the best in the country. The Southern Vipers is the team made up of mainly under-17 girls from Sussex and Hampshire. They play in a national competition for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and had a tremendous season winning all six of their group games before beating Western Storm by four wickets in the final led by captain Georgia Adams, one of seven Sussex players in the squad. The Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sussex Cricket Ltd and a registered charity. The SCF is responsible for delivering all cricket and cricket related programmes in Sussex with the exception of professional cricket, the women and girls’ programme, the Sussex Cricket Academy and the Pathway Programme, all of which are centrally run. The SCF is chaired by fellow SCL Board member Jon Filby. I would like to thank Jon and the trustees for all their hard work during the past year. Members might like to know that Abi Sakande, a former Sussex cricketer, has recently become a trustee.

SUSSEX CRICKET FOUNDATION Thanks to Gary Wallis-Taylor, our Community Cricket Director, for the following report. Last year was a stop-start year for the Sussex Cricket Foundation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our main objectives were to protect our organisation and our network. We succeeded in this and managed to put plans in place for the safe return of cricket for our 183 affiliated clubs thanks to the help of several volunteers. Cricket was able to resume from mid-July where we ran as much activity as possible during a ten-week period during which we provided playing opportunities for juniors, seniors, women and girls and our disabled community, something we are extremely proud of. The highlights of a shortened season were: Launch of the 1st Central August Cup with 635 fixtures between August to mid-September. Inaugural Sussex Slam for men and women with over 250 fixtures taking place. Five women’s and three junior girls Softball Festivals during the summer. Full Sussex Junior Cricket Festival completed including weeks for girls’ clubs only. D40 disabled games completed against other counties and regular training sessions for our Super 9s teams. Nine clubs running the ECB All Stars Programme including a ‘Have a Go’ event at Arundel Castle. The majority of our community-based delivery such as our Chance to Shine and Lord’s Taverners programmes were suspended for large parts of the year with the majority of our staff being placed on furlough. We did manage to successfully launch our SCF Schools Virtual Cup where we had over 5,000 participants take part over five weeks before Christmas. The remainder of that competition will take place in 2021. Though physical delivery was suspended we still managed to run community programmes such as Sporting Memories on Zoom. Another major success which benefited our communities was our ‘In the Bag’ project in partnership with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership where we provided 1,250 food bags for families in Brighton & Hove. We are also running the Tea for Two Project, which involves getting Sussex BOB WARREN

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clubs working with their local food banks to help deserving causes in their area. MENTAL HEALTH In January 2021, Sussex Cricket became the first professional sports organisation in the world to launch its own, bespoke mental health and wellbeing programme. It was felt that in these unprecedented times this programme, which is completely free, can provide massive support to many people in the Sussex community. Anyone with an internet connection can join, it is completely free and guarantees anonymity. Data provided by the Office of National Statistics showed that one in five adults could be suffering from a form of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, double the pre-COVID level. The Sussex Board asked our President, Sir Rod Aldridge, to make recommendations as to how we could provide long-lasting help to the Sussex cricket community. The answers were several and, apart from the Food Banks initiative, we have started to work with an organisation called Frog System who has developed the first dedicated digital mental health and wellbeing video platform utilising the power of the lived experience to communicate positive messages of hope and support, from those that have survived to others who are facing their own personal challenges. The platform, which can be accessed on a mobile device, does not offer medical advice but allows the user to search by topics from dropdown menus relevant to them including addiction, diversity, inclusion, mental health, domestic

abuse, gambling and sexual orientation. Each topic is signposted automatically to their nearest local support and services at the point of need. The primary purpose of the platform is to demonstrate to individuals that they are not alone; that they should feel neither inhibited nor stigmatised by their personal challenges and that help is available by showcasing stories on Champions Cinema, in no more than 60 seconds, of hope and support told by real people. This initiative, in partnership with the NHS Foundation Trust, will hopefully help many people. Given our reach of 3,500 members, 182 affiliated clubs, the thousands of supporters who attend our matches and the hundreds of thousands that follow Sussex on social media it is likely that there will many amongst us who will find the Frog programme immensely helpful. LEAGUE AND RECREATIONAL CRICKET Thanks to Gary Stanley, Chair of the Sussex Cricket League and SCL Board member, for the following report. Following a successful inaugural season in 2019, the 1st Central Sussex Cricket League found itself dealing with a very different set of challenges in 2020. The pandemic meant that the scheduled league season and T20 competitions were delayed and then scrapped and at one stage the prospects for any competitive recreational cricket looked gloomy. However, once it became apparent that cricket might be allowed, the league committee set about creating an ad-hoc competition called the 1st Central August Cup. By the time the green light

Three Sussex Cricket captains – Ben Brown, Georgia Adams and Dan Field - launched the club’s bespoke mental health and wellbeing programme. Dan was unable to be pictured because of COVID-19 protocols.

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came from the Government in July, we were ready to go with a tournament offering competitive and, crucially, local mini leagues across the county for all league clubs. The result was a staggering number of entries, with 120 of our 140 clubs competing, with 254 teams playing across 42 mini groups on each of the five Saturdays in August, all observing social distancing rules. There were play-offs in September for successful teams and more than 650 games of competitive cricket were played, a massive testament to both the league’s dedication to providing cricket and the clubs’ appetite for the game. Special mention to Richard Prokopowicz, the Administration Officer, who prepared the fixtures in record time, and Territory Manager Matt Parsons, whose efforts allowed many teams, mainly in Crawley, to play despite local authorities being unable to provide facilities. Looking forward to 2021, the SCL is pleased to welcome 12 new teams, including five clubs either returning to league cricket or competing for the first time. Considering what we have come through in 2020, this is a remarkable achievement. Blackstone is the hub of our junior cricket programme and it is anticipated that the granting of an extension of the existing lease will be completed soon. In the meantime, we continue to invest in Blackstone. It is a very important part of the development of Sussex Cricket and is a facility that is envied by a lot of other counties. BRIGHTON ALDRIDGE COMMUNITY ACADEMY (BACA) Thanks to Sir Rod Aldridge for this report. The relationship between Sussex Cricket and the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) started more than six years ago and we are midway through a new three-year agreement. The joint vision is simple. Sussex Cricket will promote BACA as the first-choice state school for cricket provision in Sussex and BACA will continue, alongside the provision of providing a top-class facility for cricket development, to deliver an extremely high level of education. So far over 120 boys and girls from Sussex have completed the programme. The school has, for the second year running, been recognised as one of the top 100

cricket schools in the country and is one of only four state schools in the list. Since 2015, BACA has run a two-year sixth form Aldridge Cricket Academy and 120 boys and girls from all over Sussex have completed the programme. In September 2019, a new Junior Cricket Pathway programme for Years 7 to 11 pupils was introduced for up to 20 students each year to receive a bespoke academic and cricketing programme with the coaching provided by Sussex Cricket. Incorporated with the Academy is the Sr Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, a £2m stateof-the-art indoor facility. The centre is used by the Academy, feeder primary schools and is the home of Sussex women’s and girls’ cricket. The centre is also the Brighton base for the MCC’s Foundation’s Hub programme, which provides free coaching for talented local youngsters. Sussex Cricket also use BACA for the All Stars (5-8-year-olds) and Dynamos (8-11-year-olds) programmes. The cricket field, which is maintained by Sussex groundstaff is of a very high standard. Integral to the relations between Sussex and BACA is the desire to promote cricket to underrepresented groups, so I am delighted that the Aldridge Foundation has agreed to continue its funding for the next three years. During the last three year over 1,300 players each year have received focused coaching at BACA. VOLUNTEERS As ever the work of the 7,000-plus volunteers involved in Sussex Cricket should not be forgotten. Groundsmen, coaches, managers, tea ladies and many others have continued to work to provide as much cricket as possible in what has been very difficult circumstances. We owe them all a massive vote of thanks. I would like to thank everyone in the Sussex cricket family for their commitment during the last year. Cricket has survived and will be reborn again very soon. Hopefully, I will see you all during the forthcoming season. BOB WARREN, CHAIRMAN

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A UNIQUE SET

OF CHALLENGES

IN LAST YEAR’S HANDBOOK I STARTED BY SAYING ‘2019 WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR FOR CRICKET IN ENGLAND.’

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It is fair to say that 2020 turned out to be just as extraordinary but for very different reasons. Nobody saw the devastating impact of a pandemic coming, and the challenges it created for everyone in society not just in our cricket world. Cricket and sport in general have been particularly badly hit due to the need to shut venues and stop the spread of the virus through lockdowns and social distancing, two of the many terms we had never used before 2020. The impact was massive across cricket and led to the postponement of the start of the season, the cancellation of the new Hundred competition and the creation of bio-secure Test venues at Old Trafford and Southampton to allow the international programme to go ahead. Without the England matches taking place the financial damage to the game would have been enormous. Even with it, the focus all year was to ensure both the health of all those involved in Sussex cricket and the long-term financial viability of the club. Eventually in mid-summer both

professional and recreational cricket returned, and we did everything we could to play as much cricket as possible. Sadly, all professional cricket was played at Hove and behind closed doors. Despite everything we continue to work towards our priorities and our decision making is guided by these objectives which we set out in our five-year County Plan this time last year. • Inspire the next generation • Grow and support the game in our communities • Transform women’s and girls’ cricket • Develop grounds and infrastructure • Deliver high performance cricket teams PERFORMANCE CRICKET Last year saw significant change to our Performance Department. It all started as normal with a pre-season tour to Cape Town for the men in early March. This had to be curtailed because of the emerging pandemic and from then on it was a case of

reacting to the latest information through April, May and June. We sent Jason Gillespie back to Australia and he returned in time for the start of our season on 1st August, a shortened campaign of five matches culminating in a final for the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s between Essex and Somerset. Although our results were disappointing a strategic decision has been taken to play younger players as we set out to rebuild our Championship side over the next few years. Our Vitality Blast team performed well again in a shortened tenmatch programme as we qualified for the quarterfinals but lost to Lancashire at Hove. When the season started little did we know that it would be Jason Gillespie’s last at Sussex. He was offered the Head Coach role at South Australia and from a personal and professional point of view it was the perfect move for Dizzy whose family is based in Adelaide. We wished him well for the future and thanked him sincerely for his efforts with Sussex. I know he thoroughly enjoyed his time and we will keep in touch. Cricket is a small world and with his influence players like Rashid Khan, Travis Head and Alex Carey found their way to Sussex, and Phil Salt played for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash. I am sure Jason will always help us where he can. Following a review with Keith Greenfield, our Performance Director, we decided to appoint Ian Salisbury and James Kirtley as head coaches. They both have great knowledge and passion for the club having played and coached at Sussex. It is a slight break from the norm, but they have experience of working together, and Ian will take charge of the Championship and 50 over side supported by James, and James in turn will lead the T20 team supported by Ian. We think this arrangement will work well as we look to rebuild using our talented younger players in Championship cricket and to maintain our current success in T20 with a squad of players who are gaining significant international experience in the shortest form of the game. Whether people like it or not, we believe this trend will continue and one of the challenges for counties is to balance success in all forms of the game. We continue to support the women’s and

girls’ game and despite the disrupted season we played Sussex fixtures which assisted selection for the Southern Vipers team which took part in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. This was part of the new regional structure comprising eight teams which replaced the six-team Kia Super League. We were delighted when Vipers, captained by Georgia Adams, won the trophy in front of the Sky cameras at Edgbaston. We continue to base our women’s and girls’ programme at the Brighton Aldridge Cricket Academy and it’s development will continue to be a priority across the county. COMMUNITY CRICKET Along with the performance department the community team battled with the effects of the pandemic and the massive impact it had on their ability to get recreational cricket started across the county. Initially the key focus was on protecting the viability and existence of our clubs in Sussex. With the help of the ECB and local authorities a significant amount of grant money was secured to assist in keeping clubs afloat. Once this protect phase was complete the team focussed attention on preparing clubs for whatever cricket was possible when the Government gave the green light for sport to start again. Eventually recreational cricket began in July and although by then the decision had been taken to abandon the league season there was still a huge appetite for matches across the county. We also launched our new midweek Sussex Slam T20 competition for both men and women which had significant take up. This all led to an enormous volume of cricket played during late summer, which was down to the huge amount of work carried out by the army of volunteers across Sussex. Despite the circumstances we saw a growing appetite for cricket including the creation of new teams. We very much hope to build on this during 2021 if the pandemic allows. There are lots of exciting projects taking place in our community department to help grow the game, and despite the difficulties encountered in 2020 we are positive about the future of cricket in the county. I want to mention two other projects which ROB ANDREW

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emerged out of the pandemic. Our President Sir Rod Aldridge led a committee to look at how we could help our communities. Mental health and food poverty were quickly identified as two huge issues. We were delighted to launch a free Mental Health and Wellbeing platform which can be accessed through our website and gives enormous help to those suffering during this time. We also worked closely with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to support the ‘In the Bag’ campaign to help those in most need. We will look to expand across the county with our clubs with a ‘Tea for Two’ initiative in 2021. At the start of the summer Chris Coleman, our Community Cricket Director, left us to take up a similar role with Surrey. Gary Wallis-Tayler held the reins in an interim capacity through the summer as we plotted our way through various challenges. I was delighted that Gary was appointed permanent Community Cricket Director last autumn to lead us forward. Following a slight restructure, we moved from four territory managers to three which will enable Carl Tupper (West), Matt Parsons (Central) and Hamish Russell (East) to support Gary as we build on our strategic priorities. COMMERCIAL On the back of a hugely successful 2019 for the commercial team led by Commercial Director Mark Judges we were looking forward to building on that success in 2020. Sadly, the pandemic put paid to lots of areas of our commercial business. What cricket we did play was behind closed doors and the site at Hove has effectively been closed for business since March 2020 which is quite extraordinary when you reflect. So there were no sell outs for T20 matches, no members in the ground, the Michael Bublé concert postponed to 2021, no women’s internationals, no Southern Brave matches, very little conference and event business and no match day hospitality. Clearly this period has been very challenging for our catering partner, Sodexo, and sadly we had to make the majority of our fulltime catering staff redundant. We continue to plan with Sodexo when we may be able to open again, hopefully later this spring or in early summer. One area where we improved was live 12 |

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streaming delivery. This obviously took on more importance for our members and fans who were unable to attend matches. We worked hard to keep everyone informed and hopefully entertained, and across the game there was a significant increase in consumption of social media content and use of live streaming platforms. This will clearly be a focus of greater attention as we move forward. We worked hard to give as much exposure as we could to our commercial partners, and we are extremely grateful for their patience and continuing support. I have been struck by the loyalty and passion for the club of all our partners, especially in helping us navigate this challenging period in our history. I would particularly like to place on record our thanks to 1st Central, Cow Corner Investments, Galloways Accounting, Dafabet, Jointing Tech, Aldridge Foundation and Aerotron as well as the many corporate partners who have supported us. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Hove as soon as it is safe to do so. OPERATIONS As with the commercial department it was a frustrating year for the operations team under Ian Waring. We had a full summer of cricket planned both at Hove and our out-grounds. We were due at Eastbourne and Arundel and planned to return to Horsham after a few years absence to play 50 over cricket. We will keep our options open for possible returns in 2021 subject to the usual caveats during a pandemic. A huge amount of work was required to comply with Government COVID-19 requirements across the business, both for staff and players when at Hove for training and matches. Ian has filled many roles in a long association with the county, but I suspect becoming an official COVID-19 Compliance Officer was not on his radar at the beginning of 2020. One area where we did make significant progress was the redevelopment of the southwest corner. Following a lot of planning and consultation during 2018 and 2019 we received planning permission from the council in March 2020. The remainder of the summer was spent

negotiating the S106 Planning Agreement and preparing the marketing information and construction programme with our development partners, Roffey Homes. Demolition of the existing buildings took place just before Christmas 2020 and we are preparing to start construction on site in March 2021. Already we have significant interest in the 37 residential units, good interest in the new pub while the offices will be marketed later this year. Given the circumstances of the last 12 months we are delighted to be still on track to complete the project at the end of 2022. This is a significant project for the club. Not only will the development be a landmark scheme which will be the main entrance to our historic ground, but it will also be a significant financial asset for the organisation for generations to come. We will retain the freehold of the site to maintain control over our entrance, and have an income producing capital asset in the club’s ownership. I would like to thank Roffey Homes for their support in bringing this whole project to fruition. I look forward to seeing the development emerge in 2021.

The Chief Executive peers out of the boardroom at Hove to check the latest score

PEOPLE AND FINANCE As the pandemic started to unfold it was clear that protecting our people and our financial position would become our priority. With the support of People Director Kay Gunn and Financial Director Alan Bradshaw we set about putting plans in place to protect both. The physical and mental health of all staff, and

everyone associated with Sussex Cricket, was paramount. The whole year seemed to become a series of COVID meetings and actions followed by furloughing staff and agreeing voluntary salary cuts with staff and players via the PCA. The support and understanding of the situation across the whole organisation was outstanding as we set about protecting health and jobs. Looking after the mental health of our staff has always been a priority, and alongside the development of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Platform with our partners Frog Systems, we ensured all staff were regularly updated during those unsettling months last year. The other major area of focus in sport and society last year was the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial inequality. Sussex has always had a reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion and we must strive to ensure this remains the case. There will be increased focus on EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) in 2021 with the ECB and counties working together to ensure cricket is seen by everyone as a game for all. Financially we faced significant challenges as the scale of the pandemic became clear. We made early decisions on furlough, operational cost saving and salary reductions which were critical to our final position. We were also immensely grateful to all our members and Blast Pass holders who donated their 2020 fees. With this huge effort we were able to finish the year with a small operating loss and a reasonably stable financial position. With the uncertainty we also decided to take advantage of a £1m Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL) to aid cashflow. We set a prudent budget for 2021 which did include reducing costs across the business, including to the playing squad, as we felt the level of uncertainty was still too great going into this year. We will continue to do everything we can to protect this great institution and its people, and your support has been humbling during the last 12 months. Let’s hope for continued good news on the vaccine rollout and a summer where we can get back out safely to enjoy some cricket. Fingers crossed! ROB ANDREW, CHIEF EXECUTIVE ROB ANDREW

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… but little did we know of what was coming down the line and the challenges COVID-19 would present. Preparations had gone to plan and our pre-season tour to Cape Town had started well. We had welcomed Jason Gillespie back to the group and we were really in a good place ahead of our scheduled pre-season games back at Hove against Surrey and Hampshire. A week into the trip it became clear that it was wise, with further increases in COVID-19 restrictions and case numbers rising, that we should be cautious and cut the tour short and return to the UK as soon as we could. Within two days of returning to we were sent into the first lockdown and all plans, schedules and commitments were put on hold for the foreseeable future. This clearly was a fast-changing situation and one that caused many sleepless nights for management and players alike with such uncertainty around everything. Securing the health of our staff, their jobs and the club’s future became the priority.

It was agreed that Jason would go home to his family in Australia and the remaining staff would manage things until his return, and our players from overseas would also stay at home until further information became available. In July some positive news came with England being able to play Test cricket in bio-secure bubbles against West Indies and Pakistan. It was absolutely crucial to the financial wellbeing of the ECB and the county game that international cricket could be delivered and soon some training activity in secure settings were given the go ahead. Potential England players started first with one-day squad players following in June. The following month, again under strict restrictions and regulations, our pros and Academy players were able to train. This was challenging for the coaches to facilitate because of the number of individual sessions and small group work which had to be undertaken, but it proved to be a very beneficial way of working and one that we will continue to do going forward as it encouraged skill

Rashid Khan should be back for the 2021 Vitality Blast

development and knowledge sharing between our pros and academy players. Dizzy returned to lead the squad in Bob Willis Trophy which gave us a great opportunity to get four-day game experience into our younger players and develop our strategy of creating quality home-grown players for the years ahead. An opening win against Hampshire saw the impact that Jack Carson’s off-spin could have in our side. He followed it up with excellent performances in other games and was a huge bonus as he secured his first professional contract. It was our only victory but we created plenty of opportunities to win the games against Middlesex, Surrey and the eventual winners Essex but our lack of experience meant we let them slip at crucial moments. Phil Salt carried our batting at times and George Garton started to show his full potential, taking over the role left by David Wiese’s departure. George’s development bodes well for the seasons ahead. We had disappointing news just before the Essex game when Jason agreed to return home to take over as Head Coach of South Australia at the end of the season. Our Vitality Blast campaign had lots of ups and downs. We managed to get David Wiese here from South Africa and he had a fantastic

tournament, helping us reach the quarter-finals where defeat by Lancashire was a huge disappointment. Luke Wright and Phil Salt were again an excellent opening partnership, George Garton had a strong competition as did Danny Briggs in the absence of Rashid Khan and it was a real disappointment that we could not convince Danny to sign a long-term contract. Rashid Khan and Wiese will be back this year and we look forward to their return. After full reviews of our cricket activity, we promoted Ian Salisbury to Head Coach in the County Championship and 50-overs competition and James Kirtley in the same role for the Vitality Blast. We see split roles as offering many benefits. Both will continue to work with the professionals and will support each other in different competitions. With a roadmap out of the pandemic thanks to the success of the vaccination programme let’s hope we can have a largely unaffected 2021 season. Keep yourselves safe and I hope to be able to welcome you back to watch cricket in the Hove sunshine during the summer. KEITH GREENFIELD, DIRECTOR OF CRICKET KIETH GREENFIELD

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DETERMINED TO BRING

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It summed up the challenges that players, coaches, club staff, members, sponsors and the world had to endure and adapt to because of the pandemic. Unprecedented is a word I never knew existed until last year. The last 12 months or so have tested everyone and my sincere condolences go to those who have suffered and my thanks to our NHS staff, who have been tested to their absolute limits, for their amazing efforts. I also want to praise everyone involved with Sussex cricket for how they have adapted and kept a positive mindset whilst being empathetic to those around us. Without the County Championship an adaptive model was set up called the Bob Willis Trophy (BWT) which was a huge credit to ECB who got a competition up and running when at one stage there was a real chance of no cricket at all in 2020. Coaches and players adapting to bio-bubbles, gloves, masks, hand sanitisers, COVID-19 surveys, temperature checks and social distancing made preparation

for team sport difficult. But new challenges can also make you reassess normal practices and retain them. The power of extended oneto-one coaching and the integration of our very talented Academy players into the professional squad are initiatives that are ongoing. Our record of one win and four defeats in the BWT doesn’t tell the whole story. Without promotion and relegation, the competition saw the biggest number of debutants across the counties, a trend I believe will help the England team in years to come. James Coles, 16, Henry Crocombe, 18, Will Sheffield, 19, and Jack Carson, 19, proved this at Sussex and my belief is that this was just the start of opportunities for our amazing academy to not only provide Sussex with sustained success but future England stars too. The season couldn’t have started better than with a great win against Hampshire but a good old thumping by Kent in the next game left us at won one lost one. The squad trained hard and did everything to succeed and their attitude bodes well for the future.

The next three games provided positives despite defeats. In all these games going into the third innings we were in the driving seat, including against Essex who are champions of the last two years. I truly believe we have learnt from these experiences and we will start to turn these situations into victories. A loss is only a loss if you don’t learn from it. Last year saw five great guys in Luke Wells, Danny Briggs, Laurie Evans, Harry Finch and Will Sheffield move on and we thank them and wish them well. Like all former players, they are welcome back at any time because once a Sussex player you are a Sussex player for life. And how can I forget Dizzy, a legendary cricketer and coach but also a top man. You will be missed but thank you for everything that you did.

I truly believe the future is bright at Sussex from the likes of the next England cricketers Ollie Robinson and Phil Salt to the talented 16-year-olds James Coles, Dan Ibrahim, Archie Lenham and everyone in between. We have the most talented academy run by the best coaches in Richard Halsall and his team, with amazing support from everyone at the club from Rob Andrew to Ben Gibson and his groundstaff. If we all unite and get behind the players brave enough to perform on the Hove stage we will bring sustained success back to Sussex. James Kirtley and I feel humbled to have the opportunity to help make this happen. You are, we are Sussex cricket. IAN SALISBURY, JOINT HEAD COACH

Jason Gillespie: Legendary coach and a top man

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DEVELOPING OUR

T20 TEAM

ANOTHER YEAR ANOTHER QUARTER FINAL.

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Reaching the knockout stages of the T20 Blast in 2020 was a good achievement and one that should never be taken for granted in what as we all know was no ordinary year. Our campaign was interesting as there were very few games that saw large winning margins. Our first game against Surrey saw a false start with the weather intervening after we got off to a flyer and then stuttered against spin. Our next match against Hampshire saw us edge home with a ball to spare. Against Middlesex we won in the last over, lost by one run to Kent off the final ball and then had two convincing wins over Hampshire and Kent. As we all know T20 cricket is a game of fine margins but to have three games separated by six balls just highlights how important each ball and decision is. We then lost our next two games against Essex and Surrey which meant we needed to win well and have some luck in our next two fixtures. We successfully chased in the last over against Middlesex leaving us a must win finale

against Essex where we finished comfortably on top. With other results going our way in spectacular fashion it gave us a home tie against Lancashire in the quarterfinals. Having restricted Lancashire to a chaseable score we sadly didn’t have an answer to their spinners and limped out of the competition. There were, of course, some very good performances. Danny Briggs was ever reliable and showed his class and we wish him well at Warwickshire. Luke Wright had a great campaign scoring 411 runs and David Wiese produced some great batting to help chase down totals. We are very happy that he will be back with us this year. George Garton came through strongly and showed real skill with the ball at the beginning of the innings. Phil Salt got us off and running nicely when we batted. We welcomed Callum McLeod and he fitted in superbly but sadly Laurie Evans and Harry Finch left the club and we wish them both well. Rather than dwell too much on last season, let’s look forward. What can we learn, what are our

strengths and how can we improve in 2021 and get ourselves to Finals Day? More and more T20 has seen batting roles as supposed to batting orders evolve, so understanding who our best batters are against certain bowlers at specific times in an innings could be key. Looking at our strengths, we have a very strong opening partnership - probably the most destructive in the competition in recent years - but this partnership doesn’t always end at the same point so understanding who might be best to bat in the situation that presents itself might be an advantage. We have some hugely talented batters who are both destructive and skilful and utilising their strengths will be critical. We also have bowlers with the ability to take wickets during all phases of the game and using them at the right times against the right batters could prove handy. All we can do to support our players is to better inform them of these ideas, to trust them to make good decisions at the right time and back them 100%. There will be opportunity for all to impress in 2021. I am looking forward to working with our coaches and our analyst Luke Dunning and forming a strong partnership with our hugely experienced captain Luke Wright. We have some incredibly experienced franchise cricketers in Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Phil Salt, David Wiese, Rashid Khan and Ravi Bopara so being able to pick their brains and tease out ideas that have worked well for teams in other competitions will be massively important. We must look to improve in some of the more subtle areas if we want to reach Finals Day and turn those fine margins our way. We need to make those positive and aggressive decisions, enjoy the process of evolving and trust each other to make the right calls and to stay tight as a unit. It might mean we make a few errors along the way but that comes when you are looking to improve. Ultimately to take pleasure in developing as a team and as cricketers should be hugely rewarding. I look forward to seeing you again in 2021. JAMES KIRTLEY, JOINT HEAD COACH

Phil Salt has added to his franchise experience during the winter with Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash

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A RELUCTANCE

TO LEAVE THE CREASE

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This year marks significant birthdays for three outstanding Sussex cricketers – Jim Parks and Robin Marlar, both 90, and John Snow, 80. It might be the sea air, or possibly the sun – for the ground in Eaton Road is one of the sunniest in the land – but in the long innings called life old Sussex cricketers show a marked reluctance to leave the crease. They give the distinct impression that if given out by the ultimate umpire they would merely refer the decision to DRS. At the start of the year England’s three oldest Test cricketers were all Sussex players, Don Smith, Ian Thomson and Jim Parks. The death of Smith in January, at the age of 97, made Thomson – who was 92 the same month – the oldest. “Young Jim” Parks will be 90 in October. There is another well-known nonagenarian: Robin Marlar was 90 in January. He never played for England but probably would have done so but for the presence of the great Jim Laker. Marlar was regarded as the best amateur offspinner in the country and made eight consecutive appearances for

the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord’s between 1951-58. Marlar is no less famous for not being an England player. In the 1959 General Election he fought Bolsover, representing the Conservative Party. Bolsover fought back. The Derbyshire mining community, clearly unimpressed by his Harrow and Cambridge background, returned the Labour candidate Harold Neal as their MP. Marlar went on to write about cricket for the Sunday Times and his trenchant, opinionated pieces were well suited to Sunday journalism. He became chairman of Sussex following the club’s revolution of 1997, when the committee was ousted by the members, a move which led to the most successful decade in the club’s history. After that he became president of the MCC and, unsurprisingly, created a stir. In an interview for the Sunday Telegraph he fulminated: “Did you know that Brighton College are playing girls in their First XI? Girls! I think it’s absolutely outrageous. If there’s an 18-year-old who can bowl at 80mph and he’s been brought

up properly then he shouldn’t want to hurt a lady at any cost.” When asked what he would think if a girl bowled at 80mph he replied: “I’d be asking about whether she’s had a sex change.” The most popular story concerning Marlar, the cricketer, goes back to his appearance for the Rest of England team against Surrey at The Oval in 1955 when his captain, Doug Insole, sent him in as nightwatchman. Marlar was furious because, according the cricket writer Stephen Chalke, he had already changed into evening dress. He smashed his first ball for six and was stumped by a considerable distance from his second delivery. When he returned to the pavilion he said to Insole: “As I was saying, I am not a nightwatchman.” He had become Sussex captain that year and kept the post until the end of the 1959 season. One county player of that time said the team followed him onto the field “only out of curiosity.” He remains a thoroughly engaging and compelling figure. My favourite story concerning his chairmanship of the club is when he stormed into the committee room and demanded to know why the flags at the ground weren’t flying at half-mast. “Why should they be?” asked a committee member, detonating his chairman. Marlar exploded: “Don’t you realise that Pavarotti died today?” It was under Marlar’s captaincy that Parks, who had won his first England cap as a specialist batsman in 1954, became the Sussex wicketkeeper, a move that resulted in him playing 46 Test matches. Parks first kept wicket for Sussex in 1958, when it was reported that Rupert Webb, the regular stumper, was injured. The injury story was vehemently denied by Webb right up until his own death (at the age of 96) in 2018. He and Marlar did not see eye to eye, which is putting it mildly. Parks, who had been an outstanding cover fieldsman, became the full-time Sussex keeper in 1959. It didn’t appear to harm his batting much, because he scored 2,313 runs at 51.40 that summer. Sussex had lost a promising leg-spinner, but England would gain one of their best wicketkeeper-batsmen. By the Sixties Parks was England’s first choice behind the stumps. He was one of those who

paved the way for the modern batting keeper though the emergence of the brilliant Alan Knott, who made his Test debut in 1967 against Pakistan, demanded a rethink by the England selectors. As a pure keeper, Parks was not in the class of Knott or Bob Taylor. But, standing back, he was efficient and dropped very few catches. And he was a good enough batsman to score almost 2,000 Test runs, with two centuries. In 1967 and 1968 Parks captained Sussex, before finishing his career at Somerset. Sussex supporters will remember him primarily for the dash of his strokeplay. He was particularly adept at using his feet to the spinners and when county cricket embraced the one-day game, the Gillette

John Snow: Blessed with wonderful rhythm, a dangerous bouncer and a wicket-taking leg-cutter

Cup in 1963, he and his captain Ted Dexter (86 in May) were largely responsible for the county winning the trophy in its first two years. Parks, unlike Dexter, may not be remembered as a great player. But as the cricket writer Alan Ross once observed, he often made the game look easier. Sunny Jim played with a smile on his face and a smile in his strokes, much to the delight of his father, JH (“Old Jim”) Parks, a more workaday batsman but a good enough all-rounder to play for England, once, in 1937. SUSSEX MILESTONES

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Jim was probably past his peak when I first saw him play, in 1968. But there was one innings I will never forget, his 150 against Essex at Eastbourne in 1970. It was his 50th first-class century, and there were 23 fours and a six. I had to look that bit up. But what I will always remember was his sublime mastery against a challenging attack which included Keith Boyce, John Lever, Ray East and Robin Hobbs. Happily Jim, who finished his playing career with Somerset, returned to Sussex as commercial manager and was club president when he walked out to the square in 2003, carrying a silver salver and a bottle of champagne to celebrate the club’s first championship. If you want to know more about Jim I can recommend Young Jim: The Jim Parks Story, written by Derek Watts in 2005. Beside Parks and Marlar, John Snow, who will be 80 in October, is a mere stripling. He actually looks about 20 years younger than that – capable, even, of bowling a few more overs at medium pace at Hove, especially if given the downhill option. In the long era between Fred Trueman and the modern one, with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, Snow was England’s greatest fast bowler. Moody and magnificent, fast and hostile, he was the sort of quick bowler any young player would like to be, as he swished in and out of the ground in his orange BMW 2002. To amend the lines of Marc Bolan, he lived on the cost and he was faster than most.

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Robin Marlar: An engaging and compelling figure

of useful innings for Sussex and England down the order. But it is as an aggressive fast bowler, with a wonderful rhythm, a dangerous bouncer and a wicket-taking leg-cutter, that he is mostly remembered. He reached his peak in the late Sixties and early Seventies. He was at his best in the West Indies in 1967-68, when he took 27 wickets in four Tests, and most notably in Australia, where his 31 wickets in six Tests was probably the main reason why Ray Illingworth’s side won the Ashes that winter 50 years ago. Like Trueman, he should have played many more times for England (he appeared in just 49 Tests). But he did not always get on with his captains. He was one of the first players to sign up for Kerry Packer, when the Australian launched a circus that revolutionised the game in the late Seventies. He wrote a book, Cricket Rebel, as well as two volumes of poetry. When he retired he formed a successful cricket travel agency. As with so many of the county’s favourite sons (Parks and Maurice Tate are two more examples) Snow’s departure from the club in 1977 was clumsily handled. So it was heart-warming to see him return as a committee member and vice-chairman and today he is a regular visitor to the ground. PAUL WEAVER


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… although commentating in the absence of fans was a surreal experience particularly during Vitality Blast games, when the ground is normally alive with noise and activity. The Bob Willis Trophy proved a great success and has paved the way for another change in the County Championship structure for 2021. Whether this will be any better than previous attempts to revamp the competition remains to be seen, but at least Sussex start the season with a chance of becoming champions! I must admit to being confused as to how the competition pans out after the group stages, and I’m slightly concerned as to the potential relevance of matches later in the season, but for all that a group that includes both Lancashire and Yorkshire looks exciting. As for last season, perhaps the fact that cricket was being played at all meant the games were competitive, but played in a great spirit. This was perhaps best illustrated in the match at Hove against eventual winners Essex, with the sight of Essex’s Simon Harmer

coaching the Sussex off-spinner Jack Carson one morning before play started. Then, after the game finished, Sir Alastair Cook spent time with some of the Sussex squad. Tom Haines was clearly listening to the advice that was given by the former England great, scoring a hundred at the Kia Oval in the final group game. The competition allowed a young crop of Sussex players to get a taste of first-class cricket, and in the main they grasped that opportunity. Henry Crocombe, Jack Coles, Tom Clark and Jack Carson all showed they had the hunger and ability to play at that level and their challenge in 2021 is to perform at a consistently high level and regularly challenge for a first team place. Jack Carson is perhaps the most exciting of all, a genuine off spinner who turns it and is not afraid to give the ball air. He likes to set attacking fields and doesn’t resort to dispatching fielders to the boundary at the first sign of attack from the batsmen. His fascinating dual with Hashim Amla and Ben Foakes at the Oval in September showed how much progress he made during

Luke Wells made 18 hundreds for Sussex and now has a fresh challenge with Lancashire

the shortened summer. He was completely unfazed bowling against two high-quality international batsmen. As exciting as it was to see the emergence of younger players it was also sad to see the departure of others, notably Luke Wells, Harry Finch and Laurie Evans. I’ve enjoyed the company of all of them in the commentary box in recent seasons. I always described Luke as the glue at the top of the Sussex order, particularly since the departure of Ed Joyce and Chris Nash, and felt he had the technique and temperament to dig Sussex out of trouble. This was never better illustrated than his innings of 98 not out at Durham in April 2019. On a green seamer-friendly pitch against the quality bowling of Chris Rushworth, Luke showed all the qualities of an opening batsman as he carried his bat. He almost single-handedly guided Sussex to a total of 202 which ultimately set up victory. I also had the pleasure of commentating on two double hundreds by Luke, one at the Kia Oval against a very strong Surrey attack, the other at Hove against Durham.

Luke struggled to reach those heights again during the last couple of seasons, but with a firstclass average of 35 and 18 first-class hundreds under his belt a change of scenery may well prove Lancashire’s gain. Finally, a word on departed coach Jason Gillespie and skipper Ben Brown, who both regularly visited the commentary box last season. Very few coaches follow Jason’s example which is a shame as he provides an insight into the club, a coach’s view of the game and always had an entertaining story or two which, without question, improves the quality of the broadcast. He will be missed by commentary teams up and down the country. Ben joined me for the T20 commentaries and was a natural: knowledgeable, quick-witted, and engaging, he was a pleasure to work with and drew much praise from listeners. Thanks as ever for your support, emails, texts and tweets, and hopefully we can meet again in person in 2021 as spectators return to the grounds. ADRIAN HARMS, BBC SUSSEX COMMENTATOR

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toured New Zealand in early 2021 and has been named in the Birmingham Phoenix squad for The Hundred, when it finally starts in July. As we navigate out of the global pandemic we very much look forward to getting back out on the pitch and seeing Sussex players continue to lead the way in the new era of professional women’s cricket. Hopefully more international honours won’t be too far away for some of our star players too.

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… but like every other aspect of life it came to an abrupt halt because of COVID-19. Sussex’s women, who are spread around the country for most of the winter because of various England and university commitments, felt even more apart than normal when the first lockdown came into force. The players decided to embrace the opportunity for remote challenges including quizzes and creative tasks culminating in the 2.6 challenge. The whole squad and coaching staff ran 2.6 miles in under 26 minutes in their full kit to raise money for Chestnut Tree House. A great team effort raised over £1,400 for a fantastic local charity. When the welcome news that cricket could return emerged in June, we were also thrilled to congratulate four Sussex players Georgia Adams, Tara Norris, Paige Scholfield and Linsey Smith – who were awarded regional retainer contracts. They were among the first domestic players to gain professional contracts with the hope that the new regional competition for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint trophy would take place

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later in the summer. With this competition in mind Sussex and Hampshire played friendly matches at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy as an opportunity for players to put their name in the hat for the final places in the Southern Vipers squad and to prepare for other regional teams. Sussex were delighted that 11 players were involved in the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. The Southern Vipers had a wonderful tournament with captain Georgia Adams starring with the bat (and ball) as she lifted the trophy and was named Player of the Tournament with more than 500 runs. It was very pleasing to see some Aldridge Foundation funded Sussex academy players in the squad too. One of them was Ella McCaughan who put on several impressive opening stands with Adams. As the season reached its finale Danni Wyatt and Freya Davies both played for England in the series against West Indies. Georgia Elwiss was ruled out with a back injury but she was in the squad that

GIRLS PATHWAY After a productive winter programme in 2019-20, with over 150 girls receiving coaching on the Sussex pathway, suddenly we were faced with online cricket only. The performance squads were able to follow some online strength and conditioning sessions in the front room, garden or by sharing the kitchen with their pet dog – whatever was needed the players embraced it to stay as fit and healthy as possible whilst the country ground to halt because of COVID-19. Other online sessions also took place including talking tactics, Q&As with professional players, mental health discussions and team challenges, all of which allowed for the staff and players to keep in touch and find some positive learning opportunities. The perseverance of everyone involved to keep momentum going for the cricket programmes run at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) meant that when the restrictions lifted the opportunities to train and get back to the sport we all love happened quickly. It was no small feat by the coaching staff, namely Ian Cox of Sussex Cricket and Alexia Walker at BACA, to get the venue COVID-compliant and safely return players to their home of cricket. Limited training restarted in June and picked up during July with the use of a grass wicket cage and outdoor strength and conditioning sessions at BACA. After that return to playing plans were drawn up for comprehensive match play which took place throughout August. This included all Under-10s to Under-13s and Under-16s playing in inter-county games with various formats and playing constraints to challenge and develop the girls. The Under-15 and Under-17 squads had matches against Hampshire both at BACA and

Georgia Adams and Ella McCaughan helped Southern Vipers win the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

away which allowed for some competitive cricket in different formats against our local rivals. Although the COVID situation had an impact, with the support from Ian, Alexia, Jack Baldwin and Chiara Green we were able to deliver a successful summer programme which offered significant opportunities for all the pathway girls. A special mention should go to Alan Perrin and Charlotte Burton who performed umpiring and scoring duties during these matches and the great support from ‘Sussex’ Steve Thomas, who volunteered his umpiring skills for many of these games. The future of Sussex girls’ cricket is incredibly bright with over 200 girls in the pathway during the 2020-21 winter and, with the dedicated state school pathway for junior players established at BACA, the opportunities for development are plentiful. The close links with Southern Vipers, who use BACA as a satellite training venue, mean that Sussex are in a great position to develop players to potentially become professional. Most importantly, after such a challenging year, we can’t wait to welcome back the girls and ensure they continue to love playing this wonderful game. ALEXIA WALKER WOMEN’S AND GIRLS CRICKET

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DIGITAL GROWTH

A POSITIVE CHANGE

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The pandemic has brought about change on a level that most of us have not experienced within our lifetime, and probably hope never to experience again. However, the positive message across our community is one of unwavering support and help. The 2020 season was the most financially challenging in our club’s long history, but with the support of sponsors, colleagues, supporters and fellow counties working together we have weathered the first part of the COVID-19 storm. Simply put we would be in a far worse off position than we find ourselves, at the time of writing this early in 2021, without generous donations from members, Blast Pass holders, ticket purchasers and sponsors. One of the main areas of positive change during 2020 was our continued digital media growth. With our supporters unable to attend matches at Hove we made a conscious effort to supercharge our social and digital media content, all whilst operating with a significantly reduced workforce. There was never

a more important time to provide our members, sponsors and supporters with engaging social and digital media content. Given the circumstances most people would expect our reach on social media to have grown during the last year, however I doubt anyone would have predicted the growth we have seen thanks to our social media team of Matt Bishop and Matt Neocleous. Sussex’s social media channels grew by over 65,000 new followers/ subscribers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube in 2020. More than 100,000 people currently follow Sussex Cricket on Twitter. The number of monthly impressions (the number of times our content was shown) ranged from 1million-10million. On Facebook, we are the third most ‘liked’ first-class county, behind Somerset and Surrey. Our official page has just under 200,000 likes, and we get up to 500,000 engagements a month during the season. We have over 66,000 followers on Instagram – more than 75% of our Instagram audience are aged

Only two counties have more likes on their Facebook page than Sussex

between 18-34, and our content reaches millions of people every month with over 11,000,000 video views since October 2020 alone. We are third most followed county on LinkedIn. We have 3,691 followers. The increase in activity on this site has led to numerous potential commercial opportunities. Our YouTube channel flourished with over one million people tuning in to watch Sussex matches at The 1st Central County Ground across the summer. We also gained over 30,000 new YouTube subscribers in 2020. Of the 14 days of cricket live streamed from Hove, the most viewed match was our thrilling T20 clash against Kent Spitfires with just under 330,000 unique viewers. All-in-all a great success story of the 2020 season, which has not only provided engaging content to a lot of people but also provides great foundations for further success in the future. There is still more to do to protect and sustain the business of cricket as we start a new innings, but with the growth of our digital presence and optimism of supporters and members returning to the 1st Central County Ground in the not too distant future we are eternally optimistic. MARK JUDGES, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

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SOCIETY MEMBERS HAD AN INTERESTING START TO 2020.

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Our January meeting featured Richard Halsall, Sussex Cricket’s Academy Director, who gave an interesting account of the Pathway programme. The next meeting was another highlight as Luke Sutton (pictured above), the former Derbyshire and Lancashire wicketkeeper known as ‘The Duke’ delighted the audience with tales of his career and the mental toll that professional cricket can have. His book Back from the Edge [2019] is highly recommended and an interesting comparison with our own Michael Yardy’s The Hard Yards: Highs and Lows of a Life in Cricket [2016]. They sit side by side on my bookshelves. In March our evening meeting welcomed David Millns, fast bowler turned umpire. An imposing yet charming man, no one would argue with his decisions and 2020 turned out to be a good year for David as he officiated at six international matches. Then member meetings came to a crashing halt with the arrival of the pandemic. At first we thought that all would be well after the

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initial lockdown. Month after month the committee optimistically kept pre-arranged meeting dates in their diaries, then reluctantly cancelled them as it slowly became obvious that “social distancing” was here for the foreseeable future. The Secretary contacted possible future speakers, who all agreed in principle to entertain at future Society meetings. August saw cricket returning to 1st Central County Ground but due to regulations only local residents with flats overlooking the ground saw these games. Eventually the committee decided that enough was enough and the entire programme of events was cancelled. However other activities carried on. Membership secretary Chris Scovell continued to produce excellent newsletters and he organised the Player of the Year award, which went to George Garton for his efforts with both ball and bat during the season. Chairman Malcolm Griffin worked with Chris to develop and launch a website and a presence on Facebook. Malcolm, as well as

George Garton’s performances with bat and ball earned him the Society’s Player of the Year award

keeping the committee members on their toes, has great plans for developing the Society when things return to some sort of normality. Treasurer, Jim Grinsted, maintained our funds in good order throughout the year. Donations were made to the county’s young cricketers in the form of catching machines for use by Pathway players and a number of deckchairs for use at the Aldridge Cricket Academy. The Academy exists thanks to the generosity of club President Sir Rod Aldridge and provides an opportunity for sixth formers who want to play professional cricket but

don’t want to miss out on academic qualifications. Jim has also created a Whenman Bursary in honour of member Peter Whenman, who makes generous financial contributions to the Society. These funds will support young cricketers in ways yet to be determined. The Society was delighted that our President David Bowden was recognised for his services to cricket and awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List, an award that was richly deserved. DAVID HARRISON SUSSEX CRICKET SOCIETY

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at Hove – 110 in 1955 and 83 in 1954. He was also a follower of Brighton & Hove CC. In recent years Arthur Lawrence regularly attended the Sussex CCC former players’ lunches.

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KEITH R JENKIN, who died in 2019, was a 16-yearold Hurstpierpoint College pupil when he represented Sussex Young Amateurs against Leicestershire YA in 1947. His colleagues that day included Jim Parks and Robin Marlar. Keith never appeared in first-class cricket but he top scored for Sussex II against Essex II at Brightlingsea in 1958. In his career for Sussex Martlets (1948-91) he scored over 5,500 runs (five centuries), took more than 300 wickets and was the leading wicket taker in 1955 and 1958. He appeared in the 1955 Sussex Martlets jubilee celebration match when he was photographed with CB Fry, David Sheppard and Hubert Doggart. Fiftythree years later he appeared in the Martlets vice-presidents’ photograph at Arundel in 2008. He was also an invaluable member of the Old Hurstjohnians CC from 1950-91. A great cricket enthusiast, he donated some valuable cine films to the Sussex CCC Library. Keith Jenkin was born in Brighton in 1931.

ARTHUR ALFRED KENNETH LAWRENCE, who died just before Christmas 2020, aged 90, was a right-handed batsman and occasional leg-break/ googly bowler. He appeared in 28 matches as a professional for Sussex between 1952-56 having played in 1951 for Sussex II. Born in Marlborough, Wiltshire on 3 November 1930, his debut for the first XI was in April 1952 in a friendly against Hampshire at Southampton. Later that year he made his first-class debut with Denis Foreman for Sussex v Oxford University at Worthing. Opportunities were restricted but he played 18 matches in 1956 when he scored 339 runs and was a member of the Sussex team which played in Ireland. His best season, though, was in 1955 when he scored 63 v Gloucestershire at Eastbourne, sharing a partnership with George Cox of 86 in 28 minutes. That season he also scored 62 and 63* against Oxford University at Hove when he helped John Langridge add 144 runs. Lawrence’s best scores for Sussex II were both against Surrey II

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DAVID JOHN MORDAUNT, who was an accomplished amateur all-rounder, died on 28 November 2020, aged 83. A career schoolmaster at Oxford and Wellington, he had an excellent pedigree for a cricketer with his grandfather Gerald Mordaunt playing for Oxford University and Kent and his great grandfather also a first-class cricketer. David played in 19 matches for Sussex between 1958 and 1960 and he is remembered for a spectacular debut as a 20-year-old when he was dismissed for 96 at Oxford trying to hit his fourth six. He only scored four singles. In 1959 he made his Championship debut and shared in a partnership of 129 with Jim Parks. Mordaunt’s 56 included eight fours and a six. In a match when Sussex beat Yorkshire in 1960, after the champions had declared their first innings at 281-0, Mordaunt scored 53* against Fred Trueman and Ray Illingworth. Three weeks later he helped

Sussex to their first victory over Surrey for seven years by dismissing Ken Barrington for a duck. That season was his last for the county but he scored 109 for Sussex II against Essex II at Hove in 1961. Born in London on 24 August 1937, and a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium paced bowler, Mordaunt showed early promise at Wellington College and represented Southern Schools and Public Schools in 1955. On his 18th birthday that year he made his debut for Sussex II against Essex II at Hove and at the end of the season was photographed with CB Fry, David Sheppard and Hubert Doggart at the Sussex Martlets jubilee match. He continued his association with the Martlets (1954-67) scoring five centuries and taking over 150 wickets. In the Martlets’ match at Worcester College, Oxford, in 1962, his outstanding skills earned him 138* and 8-60. Mordaunt’s last firstclass match was in 1964 for MCC but he continued to play with success for Berkshire (1964-76) and the Old Wellingtonians. For Berkshire in a Gillette Cup match at Reading in 1965, he hit Somerset’s Bill Alley for four sixes in his 65 to win the man of the match award. His highest score for Berkshire in the Minor Counties Championship was 100 against Wiltshire at Reading University in 1969. In a Cricketer Cup match in 1967 he scored 82 and took 6-56 for Old Wellingtonians against Bradfield and in 1980 scored 44 in the final against Marlborough. A great traveller, David Mordaunt toured North America with MCC in 1959 and 1967 and South America in 1964-65. Then, in later life, he led three Royal Geographical schools’ expeditions to the Arctic and in 1983 a Royal Geographical Society expedition through Nepal. In 1990 he married Dr Catherine Mayne. KEITH PARTRIDGE, one of the Club’s best-known members, died in a nursing home early in 2020. For many years Keith sold lottery tickets throughout Sussex, raising about £5,000 each year for the club. Moving from London to Brighton in the early 1960s, Keith had fond memories of watching Dexter, Parks and Snow and rarely missed a day’s cricket until 2019. He joined the Sussex Cricket Society in 1968 and was always an enthusiastic member. In 1995 he OBITUARIES

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appeared in Wisden as one of its five alternative cricket people. Physically handicapped and partially sighted, Keith will be fondly remembered for his devotion to the club and the contribution he made. His other great interest was classical music. DEREK JOHN SEMMENCE, who died in Sussex on 29 March 2020, aged 81, still holds the record for the youngest Sussex century maker. His great achievement occurred at Trent Bridge in 1956 when he was 18 years and 85 days old. Coming into bat at 10 for 2, after the early dismissals of Don Smith and Jim Parks, the young professional took Sussex to 252 all out. Despite drizzle and bad light he shared in stands of 85 with Gordon Potter and 80 with Ken Suttle. In an attractive innings of 108 most of his 13 fours were from cover drives and he batted for 220 minutes against a Notts attack of Arthur Jepson, Bruce Dooland and Ken Smales – all seasoned performers. The 60th anniversary of this outstanding innings was commemorated by Sussex Cricket Museum with a signed booklet in 2016. Derek was born at Worthing on 20 April 1938 and watched the 1948 Australians at Hove as a 10 year-old pupil at Seaford College prep school. He then went to Shoreham GS which he left early to become a Sussex professional at the age of 16. After appearances for Sussex II in 1955, his first-class debut came at Edgbaston in 1956 when his 36 helped Jim Parks (114) in a stand worth 102. Two months later he achieved his greatest feat. National Service restricted his progress but other notable innings were 95* v Nottinghamshire at Hove in 1958 and 54 v Oxford University at Hove in 1959. Opportunities were limited and he made a brief appearance for Essex in 1962 before six further matches for Sussex in 1967 and 1968. He also played for Leicestershire II in 1961, Essex II 1962, Derbyshire II 1963, Devon 1964-66, Northumberland 1973-74 and Cambridgeshire 1976. However, his greatest contribution to cricket was as the professional at Hurstpierpoint College for 29 years from 1974. His friendship with Prince Shatrushalyasinhji, a kinsman of Ranji, enabled the College to visit India on numerous occasions and to host return visits. Semmence also took part in the Prince’s wedding procession with family 34 |

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and elephants, was introduced to Prime Minister Nehru and joined maharajas on tiger shoots. In a lifetime devoted to cricket Derek was also a distinguished Sussex Martlet (1978-2013) with over 7,500 runs (8 centuries) and he played many matches for Old Hurstjohnians (1976-2011) and Hurst College Masters (1968-85). He captained Sussex over-50s, 60s and 70s. His son Mark also scored heavily for Sussex Martlets and is currently headmaster of Repton School.

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DONALD VICTOR SMITH, who was England’s oldest Test cricketer, died in Adelaide on 10 January, 2021, aged 97. He is the oldest ever Sussex cricketer and only Ernest Killick, James Langridge and Ken Suttle, of Sussex left-handed batsmen, scored more than his 15,935 runs (average 29.89). He scored 17 centuries and with his left-arm medium pace took 308 wickets (average 28.89). Born at Broadwater on 14 June 1923, he first played at Hove in 1937 for his father’s club team and scored 50* whilst Smith senior took all ten wickets. Educated at Sussex Road School, Worthing, his early clubs were Worthing Nondescripts and Worthing Boys. Cousin Jack Duffield was on the Sussex staff from 1938-47. In 1941 Don volunteered for the RAF, later qualifying as a pilot in Florida and was heavily involved as a bomber pilot, something he was reluctant to talk about. It was as Private Don Smith, however, that he first appeared at Lord’s in 1942 for Sussex Home Guard in the match when double international Andy Ducat collapsed and

died whilst batting. Later based at RAF Cranwell, he scored 99 in a two-day war-time match at Hove and was still serving at Cranwell when he made his Sussex debut at Trent Bridge in 1946 as a young professional. It was at this ground in 1950 that he received his Sussex cap after making his career highest score of 206*, sharing in a stand of 229* with James Langridge. Progress was steady rather than spectacular until 1957, the year that he recorded his highest Sussex aggregate of 1,773 (average 46.45) and 2,088 runs in all first-class matches. That year he played three Test matches against West Indies after scoring 147* against the tourists for Sussex. In a memorable season he also recorded a century at Lord’s in the annual Gentlemen v Players fixture and played one of the most spectacular innings ever seen at Hove. This was against Gloucestershire in the opening match of the season when, ‘with electrifying brilliance’, his 166 took Sussex to an unlikely win. Members sitting in the pavilion were bombarded during an exhilarating innings of nine sixes and 11 fours. Smith’s left-arm medium-pace bowling was also of great service at this time and in 1955 and 1956 he took 137 wickets for Sussex at 20.30. After 17 seasons Don retired in 1962, aged 39, when, as senior professional, he had captained

Sussex in 33 matches during his last three seasons when Ted Dexter was on Test duty. For the next 20 years he was coach and groundsman at Lancing College but he still played occasionally, notably for Sussex II in 1967 and 1968 and for Colonel Stevens’ XI v Cambridge University in a three-day match at Eastbourne in 1964 when he scored 140, with a bat that he had borrowed from one of his boys, and took five wickets. Coaching engagements also took him to Denmark and Sri Lanka and he briefly coached the Sri Lankans in England in 1984. In the mid1980s he moved to Adelaide where he was still involved in coaching and remained a stalwart of the local bowling club well into his nineties. He continued to receive updates from Sussex CCC and stayed in regular contact with Les Lenham. In 2019, Sussex Cricket Museum published Don Smith, Sussex and England Cricketer, The Entertainer following David Bennett’s interview in Adelaide with this remarkable Sussex cricketer. JOE SMITH was an exiled Yorkshireman who sold secondhand cricket books on the County Ground and out-grounds before the late Neil Beck. He was a former University lecturer.

Don Smith on his way to 147 not out, Sussex v West Indies at Hove, June 1957.

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George Garton

Henry Crocombe

Skipper Brown on the attack against Essex at Hove

Phil Salt

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Ollie Robinson bowls Hampshire’s Sam Northeast in the opening game of the season at Hove

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.… that the Bob Willis Trophy helped to save the summer, even if they could not be there to witness it in person. The regionalised format did Sussex few favours, with four of their opponents in Division One and only five games so it was not a great surprise that they finished bottom of the South Group, their total of 12 points exacerbated by the 24-point penalty imposed last October after an ECB disciplinary commission found Mitch Claydon guilty of applying hand sanitiser to the ball during the defeat by Middlesex at Radlett. With Travis Head and Stiaan van Zyl unable to travel because of COVID-19 restrictions, and David Wiese limited to one appearance, Sussex were without two of their most experienced batsmen and a handy all-rounder, weakening their already slender chances of progressing to the final. James Kirtley and Ian Salisbury had alerted Jason Gillespie to the potential of Academy graduates Harry Crocombe and Jack Carson when Gillespie arrived from Australia and the decision was made to give them and other young players an

opportunity. Among them was James Coles, a 16-year-old all-rounder from Oxfordshire who became Sussex’s second-youngest first-class debutant at 16 years and 157 days against Surrey at the Kia Oval. Of the newcomers, off-spinner Jack Carson made the biggest impact. He never looked back after picking up his first first-class wicket with his second ball in the only win against Hampshire before enjoying favourable conditions at The Oval the 20-year-old, who learned his cricket at Waringstown CC in Northern Ireland, picked up 5 for 93 and finished leading wicket-taker with 15 at 22.66. Henry Crocombe, a 19-year-old seamer from Eastbourne, left St Bede’s School in June and was playing against Hampshire a few weeks later. He bowled better than three wickets in four games suggested and will have benefited from the experience. Crocombe, Carson and Jamie Atkins, a quick bowler and another product of the county’s pathway, were all rewarded with new contracts. With youth getting its head, and

extended opportunities given to Tom Clark and Tom Haines, who ended the season with a fine century against Surrey, it meant some familiar faces missed out. Luke Wells didn’t feature and was released. Wells scored more than 7,500 first-class runs and took 79 wickets in 176 games during the last ten years and was recruited by Lancashire last November. Harry Finch played in all five BWT games, but 259 runs and two half-centuries were not enough to persuade the club to extend his contract. Finch played 113 times since his debut in 2013, scoring more than 3,000 runs for the county. Danny Briggs and Laurie Evans, neither of whom played in the first-class competition, and Will Sheffield were also released. The league table would suggest otherwise, but Sussex were competitive in four of their five games. They had a first-innings lead in four of them and it was only against Kent at Canterbury, where their bowling attack was shredded by double-centurions Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning, that they were outplayed. Nine Academy graduates were in the team which beat Hampshire by 94 runs when cricket finally returned to Hove at the start of August, although the two key performers were Phil Salt and Ollie Robinson, both of whom seemed to have benefitted from time spent in England’s training bubbles prior to the match. Salt hit two half-centuries while Robinson took the first four wickets including a spell of three in 14 balls after Hampshire had been set 245 to win. Seven players aged 23 or under gave Essex a fright in the other game at Hove before Paul Walter calmly guided his side to a target of 196. The eventual champions were again indebted to their old firm of Simon Harmer and Jamie Porter, who took 16 wickets between them although neither bowled any better than George Garton, who reaped the rewards having sacrificed some of his raw pace for accuracy while also improving his chances of staying fit. The left-armer claimed Sir Alastair Cook’s wicket both times in the match as he claimed career-best match figures of 9 for 76. With a half-century as well as 12 wickets, Garton had a fine tournament and took the confidence into the

George Garton

Blast, where he was leading wicket-taker. The way the batting folded in the second innings against both Middlesex and Surrey was disappointing and no one liked seeing Sussex finish with the lowest points total of all 18 counties. But as well as the emergence of some young prospects, Delray Rawlins also made progress. The conference format, which Sussex favour, returns for 2021 with the groups seeded and based on finishing positions in the last two years. Group C looks tough with four sides who would have been in Division One in 2020 but there is a fresh feel to the fixture list with Yorkshire and Lancashire welcome visitors to Hove. BRUCE TALBOT BOB WILLIS TROPHY | 39


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Umpires: Ian Gould & Billy Taylor Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: Sussex won by 94 runs

Match referee: Graham Cowdrey Toss: Sussex, who elected to bat

Umpires: Nigel Llong & Mark Newell Scorers: Lorne Hart & Alan Bateup Result: Kent won by an innings & 25 runs

SUSSEX V HAMPSHIRE

KENT V SUSSEX

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, August 1-3, 2020. Bob Willis Trophy South Group. SUSSEX

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

1

PD Salt [28]

2

TJH Haines [20]

3

HZ Finch [6]

4

TGR Clark [27]

5

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2nd innings

SUSSEX

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

c & b Fuller

68

c Fuller b Organ

80

1

PD Salt [28]

lbw b Barker

14

lbw b Holland

20

2

TJH Haines [20]

lbw b Holland

8

lbw b Holland

10

3

HZ Finch [6]

c Barker b Dale

2

c McManus b Barker

4

4

TGR Clark [27]

BC Brown [26] *+

c McManus b Dale

0

c Came b Organ

25

5

6

DMW Rawlins [9]

lbw b Holland

0

c McManus b Barker

13

7

GHS Garton [15]

not out

54

lbw b Crane

8

OE Robinson [25]

b Dale

11

c Holland b Organ

lbw b Crane

5

c McManus b Crane

st McManus b Crane

2

not out b Crane

16

9

JJ Carson [16 ]

10

HT Crocombe [14 ]

11

ME Claydon [4]

b Crane wd 1

3

b2

lb 6

nb 0

9

Overs

61.1 Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-33

2-56

3-64

4-64

5-73

Wickets

Inns

6-108

7-125

10-176

2nd innings

c Robinson b Stevens

19

c Leaning b Podmore

0

c Cox b Groenewald

21

lbw b Stevens

17

c Stevens b O'Riordan

37

c Billings b Podmore

66

c Podmore b O'Riordan

65

c Robinson b Stevens

0

BC Brown [26] *+

b Podmore

98

lbw b Stevens

2

6

DMW Rawlins [9]

c Robinson b Podmore

20

b Stevens

19

13

7

GHS Garton [15]

c Robinson b Podmore

4

b Stevens

6

23

8

JJ Carson [16 ]

c Leaning b Podmore

16

c Billings b Podmore

0

0

9

HT Crocombe [14 ]

lbw b O'Riordan

15

c Robinson b Groenewald

2

11

10

SC Meaker [12]

run out (Qadri)

5

not out

31

11

ME Claydon [4]

c Robinson b O'Riordan

24

b2

lb 2

Overs

71 Wkts

10

Total

2nd

1-60

2-90

3-99

4-142

5-143

Inns

6-143

7-157

10-221

176

wd 2

Match referee: Steve Davis Toss: Sussex, who elected to bat

nb 0

6

not out lb 5

Overs

94.3 Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-27

2-77

3-90

4-173

5-215

Wickets

Inns

6-221

7-253

10-332

221

wd 1

14

b4

nb 8

18

b4

lb 2

Overs

46.1 Wkts

10

Total

2nd

1-0

2-35

3-43

4-59

5-89

Inns

6-99

7-102

10-173

332

wd 0

nb 0

6 173

8-140

9-156

8-186

9-199

8-284

9-293

8-113

9-113

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Barker Fuller Holland Dale Crane Organ

20 11 13 10 7.1

5 2 3 3 2

45 53 27 20 23

1 1 2 3 3

0 0 0 1 0

0 0 0 0 0

18 12 16 4 10 11

4 1 6 1 0 2

59 29 27 15 46 41

2 0 2 0 3 3

0 0 0 2 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

Podmore Stevens Groenewald Thomas O'Riordan Qadri

23.3 23 19 11 13 5

3 8 5 0 0 1

85 56 66 48 50 18

4 1 1 0 3 0

1 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 4 0 0

14 15 9 4 4.1

5 3 0 1 1

28 50 53 14 22

3 5 1 0 1

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

HAMPSHIRE 1

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

FS Organ [3]

2

JJ Weatherley [5]

3

TP Alsop [0]

2nd Innings (target 245)

b Claydon

14

c Garton b Robinson

c Brown b Carson

19

b Robinson

21

KENT

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

9

1

DJ Bell-Drummond [23]

c Garton b Robinson

2

2

JM Cox [22]

not out

238

b Carson

27

3

JA Leaning [34]

not out

220

4

SA Northeast [17]*

c Salt b Claydon

21

b Robinson

2

4

OG Robinson+ [21]

5

MS Crane [32]

c Brown b Robinson

0

c Brown b Carson

0

5

SW Billings* [7]

6

HRC Came [4]

c Finch b Garton

25

c Salt b Robinson

6

6

DI Stevens [3]

7

IG Holland [22]

b Garton

13

b Carson

13

7

MK O'Riordan [55]

8

LD McManus [18]+

lbw b Robinson

10

c Carson b Garton

28

8

Hamidullah Qadri [75]

9

JK Fuller [26]

c Garton b Claydon

14

c Crocombe b Rawlins

30

9

IAA Thomas [5]

10

KHD Barker [13]

c Salt b Carson

4

not out

25

10

HW Podmore [1]

11

AS Dale [39]

not out

1

c Brown b Robinson

0

11

TD Groenewald 36]

b0

lb 3

wd 0

nb 8

11

Overs

62.2 Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-25

2-61

3-73

4-77

Wickets

Inns

6-119

7-134

8-136

9-149

b5

lb 1

Overs

43.1 Wkts

10

Total

5-98

2nd

1-11

2-16

3-20

4-38

5-56

10-153

Inns

6-71

7-113

8-125

9-137

10-150

153

wd 0

nb 2

8

c Finch b Claydon

b6

lb 5

Overs

120 Wkts

1

Total

Fall of

1st

1-107

2-

3-

4-

5-

Wickets

Inns

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

150

wd 2

nb 16

26

lb

wd

2nd

1-

2-

3-

4-

5-

Inns

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

530

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

21 14 9 11 7.2

9 3 1 3 2

36 31 31 37 15

3 3 0 2 2

0 0 0 0 0

3 0 0 1 0

13.1 8 4 5 11 2

3 2 1 0 2 0

29 31 11 22 37 14

5 0 0 1 3 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 0 0 0 0

Claydon Crocombe Garton Haines Meaker Carson Rawlins

24 16 20 5 21 16 18

4 0 4 0 1 1 0

86 89 79 19 114 59 73

1 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 6 0 2 0 0

SUSSEX V HAMPSHIRE

b

nb

Overs

Robinson Claydon Crocombe Garton Carson Rawlins

40 |

2nd innings

43

Wkts

Ovs

Md

R

Total

Wk

wd

nb

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Match referee: Steve Davis Toss: Essex, who elected to bowl

Umpires: Tim Robinson & Ben Debenham Scorers: Don Shelley & Neil Smith Result: Middlesex won by 5 wickets

SUSSEX V ESSEX

Match referee: Peter Such Toss: Sussex, who elected to bat

MIDDLESEX V SUSSEX

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, August 15-18, 2020. Bob Willis Trophy South Group.

At Radlett, August 22-24, 2020. Bob Willis Trophy South Group.

SUSSEX

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

1

PD Salt [28]

c Harmer b Porter

57

c Wheater b Porter

23

1

PD Salt [28]

2

TJH Haines [20]

c Harmer b Porter

14

c Harmer b Porter

6

2

TJH Haines [20]

3

HZ Finch [6]

c Cook b Porter

21

c Wheater b Beard

32

3

HZ Finch [6]

4

TGR Clark [27]

c sub (Khushi) b Beard

21

lbw b Harmer

10

4

TGR Clark [27]

c Robson b Cullen

8

c Eskinazi b Murtagh

0

5

BC Brown [26] *+

c Walter b Harmer

11

st Wheater b Harmer

5

5

BC Brown [26] *+

c White b Murtagh

26

c Simpson b Andersson

45

6

AD Thomason [24]

c Cook b Harmer

30

c Walter b Quinn

13

6

AD Thomason [24]

lbw b Andersson

10

lbw b Cummins

0

7

DMW Rawlins [9]

c Cook b Harmer

7

lbw b Harmer

40

7

DMW Rawlins [9]

c Gubbins b Andersson

46

c & b Murtagh

33

8

GHS Garton [15]

c Wheater b Porter

18

lbw b Harmer

1

8

OE Robinson [25]

lbw b Cummins

19

c Simpson b Andersson

3

9

SC Meaker [12]

c Harmer b Porter

10

b Harmer

6

9

JJ Carson [16]

lbw b Cummins

0

c Simpson b Cummins

9

10

HT Crocombe [14 ]

not out

0

b Porter

1

10

ME Claydon [4]

c Eskinazi b Andersson

14

not out

3

11

ME Claydon [4]

c Cook b Beard

1

not out

2

11

WA Sheffield [29]

b Murtagh

6

c Eskinazi b Andersson

b1

lb 1

Overs

77.1

wd 0

nb 2

4

Wkts

10

Total

2nd innings

b0

lb 2

Overs

56.5

194

Fall of

1st

1-38

2-81

3-98

4-113

5-131

Wickets

Inns

6-142

7-167

10-194

wd 0

nb 0

Wkts

10

Total

SUSSEX

2

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

b5

lb 4

Overs

87.5

141

2nd

1-7

2-57

3-62

4-72

5-79

Inns

6-119

7-120

10-141

2nd innings

c Cullen b Andersson

42

b Murtagh

not out

31

c Simpson b Murtagh

1

c Simpson b Cullen

69

lbw b Murtagh

2

wd 1

nb 12

22

Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-56

2-108

3-171

4-201

5-211

Wickets

Inns

6-246

7-246

10-293

1

b0

lb 2

Overs

35.5 Wkts

10

Total

2nd

1-2

2-4

3-4

4-4

5-59

Inns

6-71

7-74

8-97

9-99

10-102

293

wd 0

1

nb 2

4 102

8-183

9-193

8-128

9-137

8-284

9-286

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Porter Quinn Beard Harmer

24 12 14.1 27

7 2 3 11

60 39 45 48

5 0 2 3

0 0 0 0

1 0 0 0

14.5 11 12 19

6 2 2 6

28 22 35 54

3 1 1 5

0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0

Murtagh Cummins Cullen Walallwita Andersson Gubbins

21.5 19 14 14.2 18 0.4

7 7 2 3 5 0

41 62 51 52 77 1

2 2 2 0 4 0

0 0 0 0 1 0

0 0 4 1 1 0

13 15

3 4

34 45

5 2

0 0

0 1

7.5

2

21

3

0

0

ESSEX

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

1

NLJ Browne [10 ]

2

AN Cook [26 ]

b Claydon

3

T Westley [21 ]*

4

DW Lawrence [28]

5

RN ten Doeschate [27]

6

PI Walter [22 ]

7

AJA Wheater [31 ]+

8

SR Harmer [11 ]

9

AP Beard [14 ]

10

JA Porter [44 ]

not out

1

11

MR Quinn [94]

b Garton

13

4

lbw b Garton

wd 5

2nd Innings (target 196)

20

lbw b Garton

19

c Salt b Garton

26

c Clark b Crocombe

4

b Meaker

24

c Brown b Garton

6

c Brown b Garton

60

c Salt b Haines

13

c Thomason b Garton

12

b Garton

33

not out

27

c Brown b Meaker

6

c Brown b Claydon

14

lbw b Claydon

17

c Finch b Claydon

0

c Finch b Garton

0

not out

10

b1

lb 9

Overs

55.3

nb 8

23

Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-4

2-15

3-29

4-50

Wickets

Inns

6-90

7-119

8-121

9-121

b4

lb 1

Overs

45.5 Wkts

7

Total

5-60

2nd

1-44

2-49

3-118

4-142

5-153

10-140

Inns

6-172

7-172

8-

9-

10-

140

wd 0

nb 2

7

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

15 10 8 10.3 7 5

5 3 2 5 1 2

32 25 18 26 17 12

2 1 1 5 1 0

0 0 1 0 0 0

1 0 0 3 0 0

14 9 4 12 5.5 1

2 1 0 1 0 0

50 42 11 50 39 2

2 0 0 4 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 1 0 0

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1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

2nd Innings (target 193)

1

SD Robson [12]

lbw b Robinson

2

c Clark b Robinson

15

2

MDE Holden [4]

c Salt b Sheffield

7

c Brown b Robinson

28

3

NRT Gubbins [18]

lbw b Carson

26

4

SS Eskinazi* [28]

lbw b Robinson

5

RG White [14]

6

MK Andersson [24]

7

JA Simpson+ [20]

8

BC Cullen [19]

9

ML Cummins [41]

10

TN Walallawita [32]

11

TJ Murtagh [34] wd 0

c Brown b Robinson

0

3

lbw b Robinson

26

lbw b Claydon

7

lbw b Haines

35

lbw b Carson

17

not out

27

b Claydon

48

not out

32

lbw b Claydon

34

b Carson

25

not out

0

lbw b Carson

0

b 10

lb 8

Overs

68 Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-2

2-33

3-36

4-55

5-63

Wickets

Inns

6-80

7-150

8-201

9-203

10-203

199

Claydon Crocombe Haines Garton Meaker Rawlins

42 |

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nb 16

34

b9

lb 5

Overs

54 Wkts

5

Total

2nd

1-48

2-48

3-57

4-130

5-130

Inns

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

203

wd 0

nb 16

30 193

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Robinson Claydon Sheffield Carson Rawlins Haines

21 14 13 15 5

4 6 0 2 2

56 23 45 46 15

2 3 1 4 0

0 0 0 0 0

6 0 2 0 0

18 13 2 12 1 8

6 3 0 0 0 1

54 41 9 44 7 24

4 0 0 0 0 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

6 1 1 0 0 0

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Match referee: Steve Davis Toss: Sussex, who elected to ba

AVERAGES & TABLE

SURREY V SUSSEX

At The Kia Oval, September 6-9, 2020. Bob Willis Trophy South Group. SUSSEX

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

BATTER

MAT

INNS

NO

RUNS

HS

AVE

BF

SR

100

50

lbw b Moriarty

49

st Foakes b Moriarty

9

PD SALT

4

8

0

290

80

36.25

447

64.87

0

3

TJ Haines [20]

lbw b Virdi

117

c Amla b Moriarty

8

D WIESE

1

2

0

61

57

30.5

68

89.7

0

1

3

HZ Finch [6]

lbw b Virdi

1

c Burns b Moriarty

13

TJ HAINES

5

10

1

249

117

27.66

621

40.09

1

0

4

DMW Rawlins [9]

c Jacks b Virdi

65

c Taylor b Virdi

9

BC BROWN

5

10

0

270

98

27

558

48.38

0

2

5

BC Brown [26] *+

c Foakes b Taylor

51

lbw b Virdi

7

HZ FINCH

5

10

0

259

69

25.9

522

49.61

0

2

6

J Coles [ ]

lbw b Taylor

11

lbw b Virdi

10

DMW RAWLINS

5

10

0

252

65

25.2

305

82.62

0

1

7

D Wiese [96]

c Finch b Moriarty

57

c Overton b Moriarty

4

SC MEAKER

3

6

1

106

42

21.2

165

64.24

0

0

8

GHS Garton [15]

lbw b Moriarty

12

lbw b Moriarty

AD THOMASON

3

6

0

111

49

18.5

342

32.45

0

0

9

SC Meaker [12]

b Moriarty

12

c Overton b Virdi

42

GHS GARTON

4

8

1

109

54*

15.57

237

45.99

0

1

10

JJ Carson [16]

c Jacks b Moriarty

21

c Burns b Moriarty

6

ME CLAYDON

4

8

3

77

24

15.4

116

66.37

0

0

11

HT Crocombe [14]

9

OE ROBINSON

2

4

0

56

23

14

70

80

0

0

10

TGR CLARK

4

8

0

110

65

13.75

270

40.74

0

1

HT CROCOMBE

4

8

4

45

15

11.25

172

26.16

0

0

1

AD Thomason [24]

2

not out

b0

lb 5

wd 1

Overs

118.3 Wkts

10

Total

Fall of

1st

1-102

2-109

3-225

4-262

Wickets

Inns

6-310

7-333

8-357

9-410

2nd innings

5

nb 8

14

1

not out b 10

lb 0

Overs

38.2 Wkts

10

Total

J COLES

1

2

0

21

11

10.5

54

38.88

0

0

5-305

2nd

1-9

2-30

3-31

4-46

5-47

JJ CARSON

4

8

0

57

21

7.12

160

35.62

0

0

10-415

Inns

6-58

7-59

8-62

9-102

10-128

WA SHEFFIELD

1

2

0

7

6

3.5

33

21.21

0

0

415

wd 0

nb 0

128

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Overton Finch Taylor Virdi Moriarty Borthwick

18 18 9 32 37.3 4

2 0 2 9 3 0

62 53 37 80 154 24

0 0 2 3 5 0

0 1 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 4 0 0

3

1

8

0

0

0

SURREY

19 16.2

5 2

70 40

6 4

1st Innings (maximum of 120 overs)

0 0

0 0

2nd Innings (target 156)

1

RJ Burns [27]*

lbw b Carson

103

st Brown b Coles

52

2

SG Borthwick [6]

lbw b Carson

50

c Garton b Carson

11

3

HM Amla [1]

lbw b Rawlins

26

c Finch b Rawlins

18

4

JL Smith [11]

b Crocombe

0

b Coles

33

5

AW Finch [61]

lbw b Crocombe

0

6

BT Foakes [50]+

b Coles

39

not out

13

not out

22

7

WG Jacks [9]

not out

84

8

J Overton [8]

c Haines b Wiese

55

9

JPA Taylor [25]

c Wiese b Carson

3

10

DT Moriarty [21]

11

GS Virdi [19] b9

lb 14

Overs

113.5

b Carson

1

c Finch b Carson

0

wd 2

nb 2

Wkts

10

27 Total

lb 5

Overs

44.5

388

wd 0

nb 0

Wkts

4

8 Total

157

Fall of

1st

1-164

2-169

3-170

4-170

5-213

2nd

1-28

2-55

3-119

4-120

5-

Wickets

Inns

6-256

7-368

8-379

9-388

10-388

Inns

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

BOWLING

Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

Garton Crocombe Carson Wiese Rawlins Meaker Coles

12 19 34.5 13 20 13 2

0 7 8 3 1 3 0

68 36 93 32 78 55 3

0 2 5 1 1 0 1

1 0 0 0 0 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 1 0

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Ovs

Md

R

Wk

wd

nb

4 12

0 2

11 46

0 1

0 0

0 0

17.5

3

60

1

0

0

11

0

32

2

0

0

BOWLER

MAT

INNS

OVERS

MDNS

RUNS

WKTS

BBI

BBM

AVE

ECON

SR

5

J COLES

1

2

13

0

35

3

2 for 32

3 for 35

11.66

2.69

26

0

CT 0

OE ROBINSON

2

4

73.1

22

175

14

5 for 29

8 for 65

12.5

2.39

31.3

1

0

JJ CARSON

4

7

108.1

17

340

15

5 for 93

6 for 139

22.66

3.14

43.2

1

1

GHS GARTON

4

6

70.3

13

282

12

5 for 26

9 for 76

23.5

4

35.2

1

4 0

ME CLAYDON

4

7

102

25

294

11

3 for 23

4 for 82

26.72

2.88

55.6

0

D WIESE

1

1

13

3

32

1

1 for 32

1 for 32

32

2.46

78

0

1

TJ HAINES

5

4

25

3

72

2

1 for 18

1 for 24

36

2.88

75

0

1 0

WA SHEFFIELD

1

2

15

0

54

1

1 for 45

1 for 54

54

3.6

90

0

HT CROCOMBE

4

7

71

13

245

3

2 for 36

2 for 47

81.66

3.45

142

0

1

DMW RAWLINS

5

8

69.5

8

261

3

1 for 14

2 for 138

87

3.73

139.6

0

0

SC MEAKER

3

4

46.5

5

225

2

1 for 17

2 for 56

112.5

4.8

140.5

0

0

SOUTH GROUP

P

W

L

D

T

BP

PTS

ESSEX

5

4

0

1

0

18

90

KENT

5

3

1

1

0

27

82

MIDDLESEX

5

2

2

1

0

22

62

HAMPSHIRE

5

2

2

1

0

17

57

SURREY

5

1

4

0

0

20

36

SUSSEX

5

1

4

0

0

20

12

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NOTES ON THE SEASON

HIGH INNINGS TOTAL FOR SUSSEX 415

v Surrey

Kia Oval

AGAINST SUSSEX 530-1

by Kent

Canterbury

v Middlesex

Radlett

LOW INNINGS TOTAL FOR SUSSEX 102 RECOVERIES Middlesex 80-6 to 201-7 at Radlett; Sussex 4-4 to 97-7 v Middlesex at Radlett; Sussex 62-8 to 128 v Surrey at Kia Oval COLLAPSE Sussex 119-5 to 141 all out v Essex at Hove In the Middlesex first innings at Radlett, seven batsmen were dismissed lbw CENTURY FOR SUSSEX 117 (16x4, 249 balls): Tom Haines v Surrey at Kia Oval AGAINST SUSSEX 238* (3x6, 27x4, 345 balls) Jordan Cox for Kent at Canterbury This is the highest score for Kent v Sussex, beating Neil Taylor’s 203* at Hove in 1991 220* (29x4, 308 balls) Jack Leaning for Kent at Canterbury 103 (15x4, 121 balls) |Rory Burns for Surrey at Kia Oval SIXES BY SUSSEX BATSMEN (18) Delray Rawlins 8; Phil Salt, David Wiese 3; Jack Carson, George Garton 2; Tom Haines 1 11 sixes were hit off the Sussex bowling DUCKS AND PAIRS Six Sussex players were dismissed without scoring: Jack Carson 3; Tom Clark 2; Ben Brown, Delray Rawlins, Phil Salt, Aaron Thomason 1 NOTEWORTHY SUSSEX PARTNERSHIPS 116 for 3rd in 133 mins: Tom Haines (117) and Delray Rawlins (65) v Surrey at Kia Oval 102 for 1st in 122 mins: Aaron Thomason (49) and Tom Haines (117) v Surrey at Kia Oval

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NOTES ON THE SEASON

George Garton at third slip makes a diving effort to catch Alastair Cook off Mitch Claydon against Essex AGAINST SUSSEX 423* for 2nd in 373 mins: Jordan Cox (238*) and Jack Leaning (220*) for Kent at Canterbury This is the highest partnership for Kent for any wicket and the highest against Sussex, beating the 249 for the 4th wicket by GG Hearne and F. Marchant at Gravesend in 1899 MOST WICKETS IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 5-26 George Garton v Essex at Hove; 5-29 Ollie Robinson v Hampshire at Hove; 5-93 Jack Carson v Surrey at Kia Oval MOST WICKETS IN AN MATCH FOR SUSSEX 9-76 (5-26 & 4-50) by George Garton v Essex at Hove BOWLING MEMORABILIA Jack Coles took a wicket with his tenth ball in first class cricket on debut v Surrey at Kia Oval FIELDING All ten wickets fell to catches in the Sussex innings of 194 v Essex at Hove DEBUTS Six Sussex players made their debuts in 2020: Jack Carson, Mitch Claydon, Henry Crocombe v Hampshire at Hove; Jack Coles v Surrey at Kia Oval; Stuart Meaker v Kent at Canterbury; Will Sheffield v Middlesex at Radlett Jack Coles became the second youngest debutant for the county against Surrey at 16 years and 157 days. HN Hoare at 16 years and 155 days was the youngest against England at Lord’s in 1855

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IF SUSSEX’S RESULTS IN THE BOB WILLIS TROPHY WERE TO BE EXPECTED, THERE WAS DISAPPOINTMENT THAT FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING THEIR VITALITY BLAST CAMPAIGN ENDED AT THE QUARTERFINAL STAGE. 50 |

VITALITY BLAST

In 2020 the Sharks were on the end of a masterful century by Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali. This time it was Lancashire’s spin bowlers who did the damage by taking eight wickets between them as Sussex lost by 45 runs. The game was played on the first day of October on a Thursday afternoon and if that didn’t add to the sense of anti-climax in what was Jason Gillespie’s last match as head coach, the absence of spectators on that day and throughout the tournament certainly did. One of the abiding memories of last year’s Blast was the sight of players forlornly searching among the normally packed benches in the Cow Corner hospitality area for the ball. The Sussex players deserve credit for maintaining the level of performance they did in the absence of crowds. Skipper Luke Wright had said reaching the knockout stages were the least he expected of his team but failing to make the most of home advantage in the last eight for the second successive year was disappointing. The absence of Rashid Khan, Travis Head and

Jofra Archer clearly didn’t help while Chris Jordan only played two games because of England commitments. Wright also lost another key ally when Laurie Evans elected to return to Surrey. Others stepped up, but it was Evans who was arguably missed most. Only four batsmen scored more than 200 runs with Wright – 411 at a strike rate of 137 – leading the way as he reached 7,998 career runs in T20. Not surprisingly, Phil Salt had the best strike rate of 167.46 while David Wiese and Delray Rawlins were the only other batsmen to score a half-century and pass 200 runs. Ravi Bopara had a disappointing tournament, managing just 122 runs, while Scotland’s Calum MacLeod, recruited to cover Evans’ departure, didn’t make the contribution he might have hoped for given his experience. Sussex didn’t secure a home quarter-final until they beat Essex in their final group game, but their progress to the last eight ought to have been more serene. Against Kent at Hove, they lost by one run having needed nine off the last

Delray Rawlins, as the only left-hander in the top six, made some important runs

seven balls. No one was more relieved that Kent’s Grant Stewart whose first ball went for 13. Salt hit his first delivery – a no-ball - for six, the free hit was a wide and Stewart’s first legitimate delivery was drilled to the extra cover boundary. Essex claimed their first win of the tournament by 12 runs at Hove and defeat at the Kia Oval left Sussex with work to do. Against Middlesex, though, they found a saviour in George Garton who was Sussex’s player of the tournament. The confidence he had gained from his performances in the Bob Willis Trophy was evident as he took four wickets, including a brilliant return catch off his second ball, before effectively winning the game by taking Steven Finn for 20 runs in the final over. All this while his parents looked on from their son’s flat overlooking the ground. Garton finished with 14 wickets, had the best economy rate of the regular seamers and also scored useful runs down the order. He bowled more consistently than fellow left-armer Tymal Mills, who missed a couple of games with injury, although neither Mills, Wiese nor Ollie Robinson, who probably didn’t expect to play ten games, did at all badly. The ever-reliable Danny Briggs took 12 wickets but a few days after the season finished it was announced that the left-arm spinner was moving to Warwickshire. He will be a big loss, even with

the return of Rashid Khan, but Rawlins had a good tournament, and his improving left-arm spin should become an important option in the future. Both he and Garton signed new contracts at the end of the season. Wright led the side well again and showed in his 82 off 55 balls in the victory over Hampshire that age has not dimmed his ability to play a destructive innings. For the quarter-final, Wright had no less than eight bowling options and he also won the toss. The hybrid pitches at Hove tended to offer pace and bounce but this was slow and sticky although Wright felt his side were in control at halfway after restricting Lancashire to 140 for 8. But Sussex’s run chase never really got going. Salt went early while perhaps the key dismissal was that of Rawlins, the only left-hander in the top six. He was yorked by Luke Wood and Sussex’s right-handers were exposed to a ball turning sharply away from them. Between them, Lancashire’s spinners took eight for 50 in a combined 9.2 overs with Matt Parkinson picking up three wickets in four balls. They headed back north via a stopover at Finals Day in Birmingham while Gillespie did not have the chance to finish his stint as head coach with a trophy. BRUCE TALBOT VITALITY BLAST

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Umpires: Ian Gould & Billy Taylor Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: No Result

Match referee: Peter Such Toss: Surrey, who elected to field

SUSSEX SHARKS V SURREY

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on August 28, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group. SUSSEX SHARKS 1

Phil Salt+ [28]

2

Luke Wright* [10]

3

Harry Finch [6]

4

Delray Rawlins [9]

5

Ravi Bopara [23]

6

Runs 40

22

b Atkinson

31

25

c Burns b Moriarty

10

10

run out (Taylor)

7

8

c Borthwick b Batty

1

4

Aaron Thomason [24]

not out

8

11

7

George Garton [15]

not out

13

13

8

Ollie Robinson [25]

9

Will Beer [18]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Tymal Mills [7] b0

lb 2

Overs

15.2

wd 2

Pens Fall of

1-41

Wickets

6-

2-83 7-

nb 2

6

Wkts

5

Total

3-91

4-94

5-95

8-

9-

116

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Moriarty Dunn Atkinson Taylor Batty Borthwick Jacks

3 2 2 1 3 3 1.2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

15 20 13 28 17 13 8

1 0 1 0 2 0 0

1 1 0 0 0 0 0

0 1 0 0 0 0 0

8 6 5 0 5 8 2

Runs

BF

Nb

0s

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Rory Burns [27]

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Will Jacks [9]

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Ben Foakes+ [50]

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Jamie Smith [11]

6

Scott Borthwick [6]

7

James Taylor [11]

8

Gareth Batty* [13]

9

Daniel Moriarty [21]

10

Gus Atkinson [37]

11

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Wkts

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Total

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4-

5-

Overs Pens Fall of

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Wickets

6-

BOWLING

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c Atkinson b Batty

27O

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9R

10W

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Umpires: Billy Taylor & Mark Newell Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: Sussex Sharks won by 6 wickets

Match referee: Peter Such Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

Umpires: Ben Debenham & Billy Taylor Scorers: Don Shelley & Neil Smith Result: Sussex Sharks won by 3 wickets

SUSSEX SHARKS V HAMPSHIRE

MIDDLESEX V SUSSEX SHARKS

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on August 30, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group. HAMPSHIRE 1

George Munsey [21]

2

Tom Alsop [9]

3

Sam Northeast* [17]

4

Joe Weatherley [5]

5

Lewis McManus+ [18]

Match referee: Peter Such Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

At Lord’s on September 1, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

Runs

BF

c Wiese b Garton

0

2

MIDDLESEX 1

Stephen Eskinazi [28]

c Robinson b Briggs

51

44

2

Max Holden [4]

c Briggs b Mills

7

10

3

Martin Andersson [24]

c Robinson b Briggs

9

12

4

Nick Gubbins [18]

b Briggs

2

4

5

John Simpson+ [20]

Runs

BF

b Robinson

79

48

c Garton b Mills

6

6

b Briggs

14

13

c Wiese b Briggs

7

13

c Garton b Mills

46

31

6

James Fuller [26]

not out

53

31

6

Dan Lincoln [43]

not out

3

5

7

Ian Holland [22]

not out

36

22

7

Luke Hollman [56]

not out

2

4

8

Ryan Stevenson [47]

8

James Harris [5]

9

Chris Wood [25]

9

Tom Helm [7]

10

Mason Crane [32]

10

Nathan Sowter [72]

11

Scott Currie [44]

11

Steven Finn* [9]

b3

lb 3

Overs

20

wd 2

Pens Fall of

1-0

Wickets

6-

2-18 7-

nb 10

18

Wkts

5

Total

3-49

4-77

5-88

8-

9-

176

b1

lb 5

Overs

20

Pens

10-

Fall of

1-27

Wickets

6-

2-59 7-

wd 2

nb 0

Wkts

5

Total

3-75

4-155

5-157

8-

8

9-

165

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Garton Robinson Mills Briggs Beer Bopara

3 4 4 4 1 4

0 0 0 0 0 0

29 47 38 17 15 24

1 0 1 3 0 0

0 0 1 1 0 0

0 2 1 0 1 1

10 6 10 9 1 11

Garton Robinson Mills Wiese Briggs Beer Bopara

1 4 4 2 4 4 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

11 30 33 23 21 30 11

0 1 2 0 2 0 0

0 0 1 1 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 11 9 0 10 5 1

Runs

BF

SUSSEX SHARKS 1

Phil Salt+ [28]

2

SUSSEX SHARKS

Runs

BF

c Lincoln b Finn

7

4

c Finn b Helm

4

4

c Sowter b Finn

8

12

lbw b Hollman

23

17

not out

79

46

run out (Crane)

27

16

Luke Wright* [10]

c Fuller b Wood

82

55

1

Phil Salt+ [28]

3

Delray Rawlins [9]

c Wood b Crane

8

10

2

Luke Wright* [10]

4

David Wiese [96]

not out

43

31

3

Harry Finch [6]

5

Ravi Bopara [23]

lbw b Fuller

4

5

4

Delray Rawlins [9]

6

Harry Finch [6]

not out

5

3

5

David Wiese [96]

7

George Garton [15]

6

Ravi Bopara [23]

c Eskinazi b Hollman

8

8

8

Ollie Robinson [25]

7

George Garton [15]

b Harris

19

19

9

Will Beer [18]

8

Ollie Robinson [25]

b Helm

3

3

10

Danny Briggs [21]

9

Will Beer [18]

not out

6

6

11

Tymal Mills [7]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Tymal Mills [7]

b0

lb 4

Overs

19.5

Pens

wd 2

nb 2

8

Wkts

4

Total

Fall of

1-87

2-102

3-155

4-171

5-

Wickets

6-

7-

8-

9-

10-

177

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

4 4 3.5 3 1 4

0 0 0 0 0 0

19 21 54 43 16 20

0 1 1 0 0 1

0 0 0 0 0 2

0 0 0 1 0 0

8 10 3 2 2 9

SUSSEX SHARKS V HAMPSHIRE

lb 3

Overs

19.2

Pens

Holland Wood Fuller Stevenson Currie Crane

54 |

b0

Fall of

1-6

Wickets

6-130

2-14 7-139

wd 2

nb 6

Wkts

7

Total

3-37

4-55

5-67

8-

11

9-

168

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Helm Finn Harris Sowter Hollman Andersson

3.2 4 4 4 3 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

17 35 46 20 33 14

2 2 1 0 2 0

2 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 2 0 0 1

12 7 6 8 4 1

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Umpires: Mark Newell & Billy Taylor Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: Kent Spitfires won by 1 run

Match referee: Graham Cowdrey Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

Umpires: Ian Gould & Billy Taylor TV umpire: Neil Bainton Scorers: Alan Mills & Ian Thompson

SUSSEX SHARKS V KENT SPITFIRES

HAMPSHIRE V SUSSEX SHARKS

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on September 3, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group. KENT SPITFIRES

At the Ageas Bowl on September 10, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

Runs

BF

SUSSEX SHARKS

c Beer b Mills

67

49

1

Luke Wright* [10]

c Briggs b Garton

22

15

2

Calum MacLeod [ ]

4

5

3

Delray Rawlins [9]

1

Zak Crawley [16]

2

Daniel Bell-Drummond* [23]

3

Heino Kuhn [4]

c Mills b Briggs

Match referee: Richard Ellison Toss: Hampshire, who elected to field Result: Sussex Sharks won by 13 runs

c Harrison b Wood run out (Holland) c Northeast b Holland

Runs

BF

83

59

1

4

10

8

4

Alex Blake [10]

lbw b Garton

41

28

4

Ravi Bopara [23]

c Vince b Harrison

14

20

5

Jack Leaning [34]

not out

37

17

5

David Wiese [96]

c Weatherley b Wood

41

26

6

Grant Stewart [9]

c Finch b Mills

11

6

6

Chris Jordan [8]

not out

3

3

7

Jordan Cox+ [22]

not out

2

2

7

George Garton [15]

8

Tim Groenewald [36]

8

Ben Brown+ [26]

9

Matt Milnes [8]

9

Will Beer [18]

10

Fred Klaassen [18]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Imran Qayyum [11]

11

Tymal Mills [7]

b0

lb 2

Overs

20

wd 5

Pens Fall of

1-55

Wickets

6-

2-62 7-

nb 4

11

Wkts

5

Total

3-130

4-142

5-170

8-

9-

195

b0

lb 3

Overs

20

Pens

10-

Fall of

1-3

Wickets

6-

2-19 7-

wd 4

nb 0

Wkts

5

Total

3-57

4-131

5-159

8-

7

9-

159

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Garton Robinson Mills Briggs Beer Wiese

4 4 4 4 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0

31 44 43 18 26 31

2 0 2 1 0 0

1 1 1 0 0 2

0 1 0 0 0 1

10 7 13 7 1 2

Afridi Wood Holland Crane Harrison

4 4 4 4 4

0 0 0 0 0

37 29 29 22 39

0 2 1 0 1

1 1 0 1 0

0 0 0 0 0

7 13 8 8 3

Runs

BF

c Qayyum b Klaassen

33

14

c Qayyum b Groenewald

40

20

SUSSEX SHARKS 1

Phil Salt+ [28]

2

Luke Wright* [10]

3

Harry Finch [6]

4

Delray Rawlins [9]

b Qayyum

14

13

c Bell-Drummond b Qayyum

30

23

5 6

David Wiese [96]

c Kuhn b Milnes

38

30

Ravi Bopara [23]

c Cox b Klaassen

18

18

7

George Garton [15]

not out

2

2

8

Ollie Robinson [25]

run out (Bell-Drummond)

0

1

9

Will Beer [18]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Tymal Mills [7] b0

lb 2

Overs

20

Pens

wd 15

nb 2

Wkts

7

Total

Fall of

1-58

2-80

3-116

4-131

5-187

Wickets

6-194

7-194

8-

9-

10-

Tom Alsop [9]

2

James Vince* [14]

3

Sam Northeast [17]

4

Joe Weatherley [5]

5

James Fuller [26]

6

Lewis McManus+ [18]

7 8 9

Chris Wood [25]

10

Mason Crane [32]

11

Shaheen Shah Afridi [40]

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

4 4 3 4 4 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

51 31 43 33 27 7

2 1 0 1 2 0

5 5 3 2 0 0

0 0 1 0 0 0

8 9 1 6 7 2

Runs

BF

c Bopara b Mills

43

37

c MacLeod b Briggs

10

7

b Beer

17

20

b Jordan

25

26

c&b Briggs

4

7

c Rawlins b Mills

14

14

Ian Holland [22]

not out

13

10

Calvin Harrison [41]

not out

2

1

b2

lb 5

Overs

20

wd 7

Pens

194

Klaassen Milnes Stewart Groenewald Qayyum Blake

SUSSEX SHARKS V KENT SPITFIRES

1

19

BOWLING

56 |

HAMPSHIRE

Fall of

1-15

Wickets

6-143

2-59 7-

nb 4

18

Wkts

6

Total

3-96

4-110

5-121

8-

9-

146

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Briggs Garton Mills Jordan Bopara Beer

4 2 4 3 3 4

0 0 0 0 0 0

20 15 26 28 23 27

2 0 2 1 0 1

0 0 0 0 2 1

0 0 2 0 0 0

11 4 11 4 4 6

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Umpires: Ian Gould & Nigel Llong Scorers: Lorne Hart & Alan Bateup Result: Sussex Sharks won by 8 wickets

Match referee: Peter Such Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

Umpires: Neil Bainton & Ian Gould Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: Essex Eagles won by 12 runs

KENT SPITFIRES V SUSSEX SHARKS

SUSSEX SHARKS V ESSEX EAGLES

At Canterbury on September 12, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, September 14 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

KENT SPITFIRES

Runs

BF

c Robinson b Briggs

16

9

ESSEX EAGLES 1

Tom Westley [21]

b Rawlins

29

27

2

Cameron Delport [89[

c Robinson b Briggs

32

17

3

Dan Lawrence [28]

Heino Kuhn [4]

c MacLeod b Rawlins

22

17

4

Michael Pepper+ [19]

Alex Blake [10]

b Jordan

3

3

5

Ryan ten Doeschate [27]

c Brown b Robinson

3

8

6

Paul Walter [22]

1

Zak Crawley [16]

2

Daniel Bell-Drummond* [23]

3

Joe Denly [6]

4 5 6

Jack Leaning [34]

7

Jordan Cox+ [22]

lbw b Briggs

1

3

7

Simon Harmer* [11]

8

Grant Stewart [9]

c Garton b Mills

9

13

8

Matt Quinn [94]

9

Calum Haggett [25]

not out

15

14

9

Jack Plom [77]

10

Imran Qayyum [11]

not out

8

9

10

Aron Nijjar [24]

11

Fred Klaassen [18]

11

Sam Cook [16]

b0

lb 2

Overs

20

wd 1

Pens Fall of

1-25

Wickets

6-107

2-62 7-116

nb 0

3

Wkts

8

Total

3-90

4-104

5-106

8-125

9-

Match referee: Graham Cowdrey Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

141

b0

lb 1

Overs

20

Pens

10-

Fall of

1-2

Wickets

6-

2-120 7-

Runs

BF

c MacLeod b Rawlins

39

25

c Brown b Robinson

1

5

c Rawlins b Mills

81

44

not out

34

24

lbw b Rawlins

1

3

b Briggs

9

9

not out

21

11

wd 8

nb 2

Wkts

5

Total

3-130

4-136

5-150

8-

11

9-

197

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Garton Robinson Mills Briggs Rawlins Jordan Wiese

1 3 4 4 3 4 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

7 31 25 27 25 19 5

0 1 1 3 2 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 6 9 9 5 12 2

Garton Robinson Briggs Mills Bopara Wiese Rawlins

4 3 3 3 2 2 3

0 1 0 0 0 0 0

35 28 36 31 24 24 18

0 1 1 1 0 0 2

0 0 0 1 1 0 1

0 0 0 0 1 0 0

10 10 5 3 5 1 6

Runs

BF

SUSSEX SHARKS 1

Luke Wright* [10]

2

Calum MacLeod [ ]

Runs

BF

SUSSEX SHARKS

c Cox b Haggett

45

27

1

Luke Wright* [10]

c&b Denly

19

17

2

Aaron Thomason [24]

3

Delray Rawlins [9]

not out

62

33

3

Calum MacLeod [2]

4

Ravi Bopara [23]

not out

14

17

4

Delray Rawlins [9]

5

David Wiese [96]

5

6

Ben Brown+ [26]

6

7

George Garton [15]

7

George Garton [15]

8

Ollie Robinson [25]

8

BC Brown+ [26]

9

Chris Jordan [8]

9

Ollie Robinson [25]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Tymal Mills [7]

11

Tymal Mills [7]

b0

lb 2

Overs

15.4

wd 3

Pens Fall of

1-63

Wickets

6-

2-83 7-

nb 0

Wkts

2

Total

4-

5-

8-

9-

13

c Quinn b Lawrence

47

36

lbw b Harmer

9

12

37

20

David Wiese [96]

c Harmer b Cook

30

17

Ravi Bopara [23]

c Plom b Walter

7

6

c Westley b Cook

2

6 7

145

b4

lb 6

Overs

20

Pens

10-

20

c Westley b Lawrence

5

3-

c Harmer b Quinn

Fall of

1-29

Wickets

6-168

2-60 7-169

not out

15

run out (Harmer)

0

1

not out

2

2

wd 6

nb 0

Wkts

8

Total

3-119

4-122

5-152

8-170

16

9-

185

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Denly Klaassen Stewart Haggett Qayyum Leaning

3 3.4 3 3 2 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

19 34 23 28 32 7

1 0 0 1 0 0

0 2 0 1 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

10 10 5 8 3 0

Cook Quinn Plom Harmer Nijjar Delport Lawrence Walter

3 4 3 4 3 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

25 37 23 43 28 10 3 6

2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1

0 2 1 0 0 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

9 9 10 5 4 0 3 4

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Umpires: Ian Gould & Chris Watts Scorers: Phil Makepeace & Debbie Beesley Result: Surrey won by 4 wickets

Match referee: Alec Swann Toss: Surrey, who elected to field

Umpires: Ian Gould & Rob White Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: Sussex Sharks won by 3 wickets

SURREY V SUSSEX SHARKS

SUSSEX SHARKS V MIDDLESEX

At The Kia Oval on September 16, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on September 18, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

SUSSEX SHARKS 1

Phil Salt+ [28]

2

Luke Wright* [10]

3

Aaron Thomason [24]

4

Calum MacLeod [2]

5

Delray Rawlins [9]

6

David Wiese [96]

7

Ravi Bopara [23]

Runs

BF

1

4

1

Stephen Eskinazi [28]

b Clarke

45

37

2

Max Holden [4]

c Jacks b Topley

5

4

3

Joe Cracknell [48]

b Plunkett

22

22

4

James Harris [5]

c Plunkett b Jacks

20

17

5

John Simpson+ [20]

c Atkinson bTopley

33

23

6

Martin Andersson [24]

c Foakes b Atkinson

24

9

7

Luke Hollman [56]

lbw b Jacks

MIDDLESEX

8

George Garton [15]

not out

6

4

8

Tom Helm [7]

9

Ollie Robinson [25]

not out

0

0

9

Nathan Sowter [72]

10

Will Beer [18]

10

Steven Finn* [9]

11

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Tim Murtagh [34]

b0

lb 5

Overs

20

wd 4

Pens Fall of

1-6

Wickets

6-151

2-21 7-159

nb 0

9

Wkts

7

Total

3-57

4-90

5-108

8-

9-

Match referee: Graham Cowdrey Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

165

b1

lb 1

Overs

20

Pens

10-

Fall of

1-1

Wickets

6-145

2-32 7-152

Runs

BF

c Rawlins b Garton

21

15

c&b Garton

0

2

b Rawlins

37

30

b Rawlins

5

10

c Garton b Claydon

46

30

4

6

b Garton

35

21

not out

4

4

c Wright b Garton

0

1

not out

1

1

wd 0

nb 0

Wkts

8

Total

3-64

4-65

5-81

8-152

b Rawlins

2

9-

155

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Topley Jacks Atkinson Clarke Plunkett Moriarty

4 3 3 3 4 3

0 0 0 0 0 0

36 29 33 17 22 23

2 2 1 1 1 0

1 1 0 0 2 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

10 5 9 5 6 5

Garton Robinson Claydon Briggs Rawlins Wiese

4 3 4 4 4 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

27 28 36 30 21 11

4 0 1 0 3 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

6 6 4 7 8 1

Runs

BF

SURREY 1

Hashim Amla [1]

2

Will Jacks [9]

Runs

BF

SUSSEX SHARKS

c MacLeod b Robinson

13

10

1

Phil Salt+ [28]

b Beer

65

39

2

Luke Wright* [10]

b Hollman

56

40

c Andersson b Sowter

24

22

3

Ben Foakes+ [50]

b Beer

5

9

3

Delray Rawlins [9]

4

Rory Burns* [27]

run out (Rawlins)

10

6

4

Ravi Bopara [23]

c Eskinazi b Helm

5

Jamie Smith [11]

c Wright b Robinson

16

20

5

David Wiese [96]

6

Rikki Clarke [81]

c Bopara b Beer

7

9

6

Calum MacLeod [2]

7

Jamie Overton [88]

not out

40

22

7

Aaron Thomason [24]

8

Liam Plunkett [28]

not out

0

0

8

9

Gus Atkinson [37]

10

Daniel Moriarty [21]

11

Reece Topley [24] b4

lb 4

Overs

19.1

wd 3

Pens Fall of

1-25

Wickets

6-163

2-56 7-

nb 0

Wkts

6

Total

3-76

4-101

5-116

8-

1

2

22

23

c Simpson b Hollman

7

8

c Murtagh b Hollman

2

4

not out

13

7

George Garton [15]

c Harris b Finn

24

9

9

Ollie Robinson [25]

not out

1

1

10

Danny Briggs [21]

11

Mitch Claydon [4]

11

9-

167

lb 5

Overs

19.2

Pens

10-

1-70

Wickets

6-121

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

Briggs Robinson Wiese Garton Beer Rawlins

4 4 2.1 3 4 2

0 0 0 0 0 0

34 31 12 27 34 21

0 2 0 0 3 0

0 0 0 0 2 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

5 11 5 3 6 2

Murtagh Helm Finn Harris Sowter Hollman

SURREY V SUSSEX SHARKS

b0

Fall of

BOWLING

60 |

b Murtagh

2-75 7-153

wd 3

nb 0

Wkts

7

Total

3-109

4-113

5-120

8-

8

9-

158

10-

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

3 3.2 4 1 4 4

0 0 0 0 0 0

23 32 42 16 22 18

1 1 1 0 1 3

0 0 1 2 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

5 4 6 1 9 13

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Match referee: Steve Davis Toss: Sussex Sharks who elected to field

Umpires: Ian Gould & Nigel Llong Scorers: Graham Irwin & Paul Elford Result: Lancashire Lightning won by 45 runs

ESSEX EAGLES V SUSSEX SHARKS

SUSSEX SHARKS V LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING

At Chelmsford, September 20, 2020. Vitality Blast South Group.

At The 1st Central County Ground, Hove on October 1, 2020. Vitality Blast Quarter-Final.

ESSEX EAGLES 1

Cameron Delport [89]

2

Varun Chopra [6]

3

Feroze Khushi [23]

4

Michael Pepper+ [19]

5

Paul Walter [22]

6

Simon Harmer* [11]

7

Robin Das [ ]

8

Jack Plom [77]

9

Aron Nijjar [24]

Runs

BF

c Salt b Garton

0

1

LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING 1

Alex Davies+ [17]

Runs

BF

c Wiese b Rawlins

16

b Robinson

15

14

2

19

Liam Livingstone [7]

b Robinson

16

b Garton

0

3

11

3

Keaton Jennings [1]

c Wiese b Garton

5

b Claydon

6

10

5

4

Steven Croft [15]

c Robinson b Garton

41

37 28

b Robinson

76

45

5

Dane Vilas* [33]

c Salt b Wiese

12

22

6

Rob Jones [12]

c MacLeod b Garton

7

8

7

Danny Lamb [26]

8

Luke Wood [14]

lbw b Mills

0

1

9

Tom Hartley [2]

not out

0

3

not out

4

2

7

4

10

Saqib Mahmood [25]

1

1

11

Matt Parkinson [70]

Pens 1-0

Wickets

6-97

2-0 7-109

nb 0

4

Wkts

9

Total

3-18

4-22

5-65

8-117

9-135

6

7

not out

Fall of

3

5

not out wd 2

9

c MacLeod b Mills

3

Shane Snater [29] lb 1

9

5

Ben Allison [65] 20

40

b Garton

10

b1

b Garton lbw b Robinson

c&b Claydon

11

Overs

Match referee: Peter Such Toss: Sussex Sharks, who elected to field

136

b1

lb 1

Overs

20

Pens

10-

Fall of

1-20

Wickets

6-120

2-25 7-121

wd 2

nb 2

Wkts

8

Total

3-52

4-95

5-112

8-136

6

9-

140

10-

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

Garton Robinson Claydon Mills Briggs Wiese

4 4 4 4 3 1

1 0 0 0 0 0

21 25 25 29 27 7

4 2 2 0 0 1

0 0 0 1 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

13 13 12 8 9 2

Garton Robinson Briggs Mills Rawlins Bopara

4 4 4 4 3 1

0 0 0 0 0 0

28 37 19 23 21 10

3 2 0 2 1 0

0 0 0 2 0 0

0 0 0 1 0 0

10 10 8 12 7 2

Runs

BF

SUSSEX SHARKS

Runs

BF

42

22

1

Phil Salt+ [28]

c Wood b Mahmood

5

4

b Plom

1

3

2

Luke Wright* [10]

c Croft b Livingstone

36

35

SUSSEX SHARKS 1

Phil Salt+ [28]

c Harmer b Snater

2

Luke Wright* [10]

3

Delray Rawlins [9]

c Snater b Allison

4

5

3

Delray Rawlins [9]

b Wood

6

14

4

Ravi Bopara [23]

c Allison b Snater

4

7

4

Ravi Bopara [23]

lbw b Hartley

6

13

5

David Wiese [96]

lbw b Harmer

1

4

5

David Wiese [96]

c Jones b Livingstone

9

8

6

Calum MacLeod [2]

c Allison b Plom

40

40

6

Calum MacLeod [2]

c Wood b Parkinson

9

8

7

George Garton [15]

not out

34

30

7

George Garton [15]

b Parkinson

1

4

8

Ollie Robinson [25]

not out

1

1

8

Will Beer [18]

not out

7

4

9

Danny Briggs [21]

9

Ollie Robinson [25]

st Davies b Parkinson

0

1

10

Mitch Claydon [4]

10

Danny Briggs [21]

lbw b Livingstone

1

3

11

Tymal Mills [7]

11

Tymal Mills [7]

10

10

b0

lb 2

Overs

18.2

Pens Fall of

1-9

Wickets

6-132

BOWLING Nijjar Plom Allison Snater Harmer Walter Delport

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2-18 7-

wd 4

nb 4

Wkts

6

Total

3-51

4-57

5-59

8-

9-

b0

lb 2

Overs

17.2

137

Pens

10-

Fall of

1-9

Wickets

6-77

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

BOWLING

4 3 3 3 4 1 0.2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

21 28 32 22 18 9 5

0 2 1 2 1 0 0

0 2 2 0 0 0 0

0 1 0 1 0 0 0

11 9 6 8 10 1 0

Wood Mahmood Lamb Hartley Parkinson Livingstone

ESSEX EAGLES V SUSSEX SHARK

st Davies b Livingstone

10

2-28 7-78

wd 3

nb 0

Wkts

10

Total

3-45

4-57

5-73

8-78

5

9-79

95

10-95

O

M

R

W

Wd

Nb

0s

3 3 2 3 3 3.2

0 0 0 0 0 0

21 14 8 18 9 23

1 1 0 1 3 4

0 0 2 1 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

7 10 7 7 9 9

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AVERAGES & TABLE BATTER

MAT

INNS

NO

RUNS

HS

AVE

BF

SR

50

4S

6S

D WIESE

10

9

2

281

79*

40.14

193

145.59

1

20

13

LJ WRIGHT

11

11

0

411

83

37.36

300

137

2

53

7

AD THOMASON

4

4

2

73

47

36.5

58

125.86

0

5

2

PD SALT

8

8

0

211

56

26.37

126

167.46

1

23

9

GHS GARTON

11

8

4

101

34*

25.25

87

116.09

0

9

3

DMW RAWLINS

11

11

1

208

62*

20.8

157

132.48

1

17

12 0

CS MACLEOD

7

7

0

102

40

14.57

107

95.32

0

12

HZ FINCH

4

4

1

37

14

12.33

38

97.36

0

2

1

RS BOPARA

11

11

1

122

24

12.2

130

93.84

0

7

3

TS MILLS

9

1

0

10

10

10

10

100

0

0

1

DR BRIGGS

11

2

1

3

2*

3

5

60

0

0

0

OE ROBINSON

10

7

3

5

3

1.25

8

62.5

0

0

0

BC BROWN

3

1

1

15

15*

-

7

214.28

0

2

0

WAT BEER

7

2

2

13

7*

-

10

130

0

1

0

CJ JORDAN

2

1

1

3

3*

-

3

100

0

0

0

MAT

INNS

OVERS

MDNS

RUNS

WKTS

BBI

AVE

ECON

SR

4

DR BRIGGS

BOWLER

11

10

38

0

249

12

3 for 17

20.75

6.55

19

0

CT 3

CJ JORDAN

2

2

7

0

47

2

1 for 19

23.5

6.71

21

0

0 3

DMW RAWLINS

11

5

15

0

106

8

3 for 21

13.25

7.06

11.2

0

ME CLAYDON

2

2

8

0

61

3

2 for 25

20.33

7.62

16

0

1

GHS GARTON

11

10

30

1

231

14

4 for 21

16.5

7.7

12.8

2

5

TS MILLS

9

8

31

0

248

11

2 for 23

22.54

8

16.9

0

1

RS BOPARA

11

5

11

0

92

0

-

-

8.36

-

0

2

WAT BEER

7

5

15

0

132

4

3 for 34

33

8.8

22.5

0

1

OE ROBINSON

10

9

33

1

301

9

2 for 25

33.44

9.12

22

0

5

D WIESE

10

7

11.1

0

113

1

1 for 7

113

10.11

67

0

4

SOUTH GROUP

P

W

L

T

NR

PTS

NRR

SURREY

10

6

1

1

1

16

0.65 0.377

SUSSEX

10

5

3

0

1

13

KENT

10

3

3

1

1

12

0.108

MIDDLESEX

10

2

5

1

1

8

-0.296

ESSEX

10

2

6

1

1

6

-0.003

HAMPSHIRE

10

2

7

0

1

5

-0.803

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NOTES ON THE SEASON

HIGH INNINGS TOTAL FOR SUSSEX (20 OVERS) 194-6 v Kent 185-3 v Essex

Hove Hove

AGAINST SUSSEX 197-5 195-3

by Essex by Kent

Hove Hove

v Lancashire

Hove

LOW INNINGS TOTAL BY SUSSEX 95 (17.2 overs)

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 83 (2x6, 7x4, 59 balls) Luke Wright v Hampshire 82 (4x6, 8x4, 55 balls) Luke Wright v Hampshire 79* (3x6. 9x4, 46 balls) David Wiese v Middlesex

Ageas Bowl Hove Hove

SIXES BY SUSSEX PLAYERS (51) David Wiese 13; Delray Rawlins 12; Phil Salt 9; Luke Wright 7; Ravi Bopara, George Garton 3; Aaron Thomason 2; Harry Finch, Tymal Mills 1 A total of 50 sixes were hit off the Sussex bowling NOTEWORTHY PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSSEX 87 for 1st off 48 balls: Phil Salt (27) and Luke Wright (82) v Hampshire at Hove 74 for 4th off 52 balls: Luke Wright (83) and David Wiese (41) v Hampshire at Ageas Bowl 73 for 6th off 64 balls: Callum MacLeod (40) and George Garton (40*) v Essex at Chelmsford AGAINST SUSSEX 118 for 2nd off 62 balls: Tom Westley (39) and Dan Lawrence (81) for Essex at Hove NOTEWORTHY INDIVIDUAL INNINGS FOR SUSSEX Delray Rawlins 62 off 33 balls (4x6, 6x4) v Kent at Canterbury Phil Salt 42 off 22 balls (1x6, 7x4) v Essex at Chelmsford Luke Wright 40 off 19 balls (8x4) v Essex at Hove Against Middlesex’s Steve Finn at Hove, George Garton hit three sixes and a four in one over; Phil Salt hit 2 sixes and 4 fours in an over from Surrey’s James Taylor at Hove

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At least Tymal Mills can see the funny side after dismissing Luke Wood in the Vitality Blast quarter-final against Lancashire

BOWLERS TAKING FOUR OR MORE WICKETS FOR SUSSEX 4-21 George Garton v Essex at Chelmsford 4-27 George Garton v Middlesex at Hove AGAINST SUSSEX 4-23 Liam Livingstone for Lancashire at Hove ECONOMICAL BOWLING FOR SUSSEX 4-0-17-3 Danny Briggs v Hampshire Hampshire’s James Fuller conceded 29 runs in his first over at Hove; Surrey’s James Taylor conceded 28 runs in his only over at Hove

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SUSSEX RECORDS FIRST-CLASS CRICKET The Sides

HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALS BY SUSSEX 742-5 dec 705-8 dec 686-8 670-9 dec 668 644 631-4 dec 631-6 dec 620-9 dec 619-7 dec 618 614-4 dec 612 611 601-6 dec 600-7 dec

Somerset at Taunton Surrey at Hastings Leicestershire at Leicester Northamptonshire at Hove Durham at Hove Somerset at Taunton Northamptonshire at Northampton Hampshire at Hove Worcestershire at Worcester Nottinghamshire at Horsham Kent at Hove Leicestershire at Hove Essex at Colchester Essex at Leyton Warwickshire at Edgbaston Surrey at The Oval

2009 1902 1900 1921 2017 2002 1938 2002 2009 2003 2004 2003 2003 1905 2015 1903

Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay Cambridge University at Hove Surrey at The Oval Yorkshire at Sheffield Nottinghamshire at Hove Oxford University at Hove

1895 2000 1890 1888 1897 1893 1895

AGAINST SUSSEX 726 718-3 dec 703-9 dec 698 681-5 dec 674 651

HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALS FOR AND AGAINST EACH COUNTY

There were no spectators at Hove in 2020, but the flats overlooking the ground offered a great vantage point

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Derbyshire Durham Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire

FOR SUSSEX 576-3 dec (Horsham) 2010 668 (Hove) 2017 612 (Colchester) 2003 552-6 dec (Hove)2016 552-6 dec (Chichester) 1949 631-6 dec (Hove) 2002 618 (Hove) 2004 563 (Old Trafford) 1992 686-8 (Leicester) 1900 550-9 dec (Hove) 1980 670-9 dec (Hove) 1921 619-7 (Horsham) 2003 742-5 (Taunton) 2009 705-8 dec (Hastings) 1902 601-6 dec (Edgbaston) 2015

AGAINST SUSSEX 603-6 dec (Derby) 1995 473-4 dec (Riverside) 2009 560-9 dec (Leyton) 1933 718-3 dec (Colwyn Bay) 2000 608-7 dec (Cheltenham) 1934 600-8 dec (Southampton) 1990 580-9 dec (Tonbridge) 1939 640-8 dec (Hove) 1937 609-8 dec (Leicester) 1900 632-8 dec (Hove) 1937 570 (Hove) 2004 726 (Trent Bridge) 1895 584-8 dec (Eastbourne) 1948 698 (The Oval) 1888 645-7 dec (Hove) 1996

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Worcestershire Yorkshire

620-9 dec (Worcester) 2009 599-8 dec (Hove) 2007

491 (Worcester) 2016 681-5 dec (Sheffield) 1897

LOW INNINGS TOTALS BY SUSSEX 19 19 20 22 23 23 23 23

Nottinghamshire at Hove Surrey at Godalming Yorkshire at Hull Kent at Sevenoaks Kent at Hawkhurst MCC at Lord’s MCC at Lord’s Warwickshire at Worthing

1873 1830 1922 1828 1826 1838 1856 1964

Kent at Gravesend Kent at Brighton Kent at Hove

1867 1828 1859

AGAINST SUSSEX 18 23 23

HIGHEST FOURTH INNINGS TOTALS FOR SUSSEX 455-8 436 all out 428-5 405-5 385 all out 385-9

Sussex v Gloucestershire at Hove (Sussex won by 2 wickets) Sussex v Kent at Hove (Match tied) Sussex v Northamptonshire at Kettering (Sussex won by 5 wickets) Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove (Sussex were set 504 to win) Sussex v MCC at Lord’s (Sussex lost by 19 runs) Sussex v Northamptonshire at Northampton (Sussex were set 413 to win)

LARGEST MATCH AGGREGATES INVOLVING SUSSEX 1,808 - 20 wkts 1,578 - 37 wkts 1,569 - 30 wkts 1,473 - 31 wkts 1,457 - 35 wkts 1,451 - 36 wkts 1,448 - 36 wkts 1,431 - 32 wkts 1,427 - 21 wkts 1,423 - 38 wkts 1,412 - 39 wkts 1,410 - 28 wkts 1,409 - 28 wkts 1,408 - 33 wkts 1,402 - 40 wkts

Sussex v Essex at Hove Sussex v Kent at Hove Middlesex v Sussex at Southgate Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove Hampshire v Sussex at Portsmouth Sussex v Kent at Hastings Somerset v Sussex at Taunton Yorkshire v Sussex at Scarborough Sussex v Surrey at Hastings Essex v Sussex at Chelmsford Sussex v Lancashire at Horsham Sussex v Oxford University at Hove Sussex v Kent at Hove Sussex v Kent at Hove Sussex v Cambridge University at Hove

1993 1991 2006 2000 1993 1929 1993 2011 1902 1996 1994 1895 1992 2006 1891

Batting HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL INNINGS AGAINST AND FOR EACH OPPONENT Derbyshire Durham Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire

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250 238 258 254* 230 228* 250* 309* 280* 301

EC Joyce (Derby) TS Worthington (Derby) LWP Wells (Hove) MJ Di Venuto (Riverside) KS Ranjitsinhji (Leyton) KWR Fletcher (Hastings) John Langridge (Hove) SP James (Colwyn Bay) EH Bowley (Hove) WG Grace (Bristol)

2016 1937 2017 2009 1902 1968 1933 2000 1929 1896

1999 1991 1939 2007 1895 1921

Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire Worcestershire Yorkshire Oxford University Cambridge University Tourists

278 259 246 238* 225 322 335* 232 283 255* 333 282* 233 268* 344* 310 234* 266* 226 262* 272* 186 274* 311 219* 264* 241 212 257 300

TE Cook (Hove) CG Greenidge (Southampton) KS Duleepsinhji (Hastings) J Cox (Canterbury) RR Relf (Eastbourne) E Paynter (Hove) MW Goodwin (Hove) LG Berry (Leicester) EH Bowley (Hove) DL Haynes (Lord’s) KS Duleepsinhji (Hove) BM Duckett (Northampton) CB Fry (Trent Bridge) JA Dixon (Trent Bridge) MW Goodwin (Taunton) H Gimblett (Eastbourne) KS Ranjitsinhji (Hastings) MR Ramprakash (Hove) AW Greig (Hastings) IR Bell (Horsham) RR Relf (Eastbourne) GA Hick (Hove) MW Goodwin (Hove) JT Brown (Sheffield) CB Fry (Eastbourne) G Mordaunt (Hove) CB Fry (Hove) JG Dewes (Hove) MH Yardy v Bangladesh (Hove) VT Trumper for Australians (Hove)

1930 1975 1929 2020 1920 1937 2003 1930 1933 1990 1930 2016 1905 1897 2009 1948 1902 2007 1975 2004 1909 1991 2011 1897 1901 1895 1901 1950 2005 1899

INDIVIDUAL INNINGS OF 200 OR MORE FOR SUSSEX CJ Adams (2) EH Bowley (4) HP Chaplin TE Cook (3) G Cox, Jnr (4) ER Dexter KS Duleepsinhji (3) CB Fry (13)

217 v Lancashire (Old Trafford) 200 v Northamptonshire (Hove) 228 v Northamptonshire (Hove) 220 v Gloucestershire (Hove) 280* v Gloucestershire (Hove) 283 v Middlesex (Hove) 213* v Nottinghamshire (Hove) 278 v Hampshire (Hove) 214 v Worcestershire (Eastbourne) 220 v Worcestershire (Worcester) 232 v Northamptonshire (Kettering) 234* v Indians (Hove) 212* v Yorkshire (Headingley) 205* v Glamorgan (Hove) 203 v Kent (Hastings) 202 v Essex (Leyton) 246 v Kent (Hastings) 333 v Northamptonshire (Hove) 229 v Surrey (Hove) 241 v Cambridge University (Hove) 219* v Oxford University (Eastbourne) 244 v Leicestershire (Leicester) 209 v Yorkshire (Hove) 234 v Yorkshire (Bradford) 200 v Surrey (Hove) 226 v Derbyshire (Hove) 211 v Hampshire (Hove) 229 v Yorkshire (Hove)

2002 2004 1921 1927 1929 1933 1914 1930 1933 1934 1939 1946 1949 1947 1968 1929 1929 1930 1900 1901 1901 1901 1901 1903 1903 1904 1904 1904

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201* v Nottinghamshire (Hove) 233 v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 214 v Worcestershire (Hove) 203* v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 210 v Essex (Colchester) 335* v Leicestershire (Hove) 235 v Yorkshire (Arundel) 214* v Warwickshire (Hove) 205* v Surrey (Hove) 344* v Somerset (Taunton) 274* v Yorkshire (Hove) 226 v Warwickshire (Hastings) 204* v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 250 v Derbyshire (Derby) 217* v Worcestershire (Worcester) 200 v Yorkshire (Hove) 250* v Glamorgan (Hove) 232* v Northamptonshire (Peterborough) 227 v Northamptonshire (Northampton) 215 v Glamorgan (Eastbourne) 202 v Leicestershire (Hastings) 234* v Derbyshire (Ilkeston) 241 v Somerset (Worthing) 200 v Derbyshire (Derby) 222* v Kent (Hove) 215* v Gloucestershire (Hove) 205* v Somerset (Taunton) 204 v Northamptonshire (Eastbourne) 209* v Somerset (Hove) 226 v Cambridge University (Hove) 201* v Somerset (Hove) 229* v Nottinghamshire (Shireoaks) 200* v Essex (Chelmsford) 205* v Somerset (Hove) 201* v Loughborough UCCE (Hove) 260 v MCC (Lord’s) 222 v Somerset (Hove) 215* v Cambridge University (Fenner’s) 202 v Middlesex (Hove) 275 v Leicestershire (Leicester) 220 v Kent (Hove) 285* v Somerset (Taunton) 204 v Lancashire (Hove) 219 v Essex (Hove) 230 v Essex (Leyton) 234* v Surrey (Hastings) 204 v Surrey (The Oval) 207* v Lancashire (Hove) 200 v Surrey (The Oval) 210 v Kent (Canterbury) 272* v Worcestershire (Eastbourne) 225 v Lancashire (Eastbourne) 204 v Glamorgan (Eastbourne) 213 v Essex (Southend) 206* v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 204* v Kent (Tunbridge Wells) 203 v Northamptonshire (Hove) 202 v Northamptonshire (Hastings) 253* v Yorkshire (Middlesbrough) 203 v Hampshire (Hove)

1905 1905 1908 2001 2003 2003 2006 2006 2007 2009 2011 1975 2013 2016 1914 1901 1933 1934 1938 1938 1939 1949 1950 1951 1992 1885 2002 1980 1984 1895 1896 1961 1931 1955 2004 1897 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900 1901 1901 1901 1902 1902 1903 1904 1908 1907 1909 1920 1949 1992 1950 1962 1921 1920 1991 1984

LWP Wells (2) KC Wessels LJ Wright MH Yardy RA Young

208 v Surrey (The Oval) 258 v Durham (Hove) 254 v Middlesex (Hove) 226* v Worcestershire (Worcester) 257 v Bangladesh (Hove) 220 v Essex (Leyton)

2013 2017 1980 2015 2005 1905

NOTE: A total of 94 individual innings of 200 runs or more have been scored for Sussex HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL INNINGS AGAINST SUSSEX 322 311 310 309* 301 300 291 286* 286 284 282* 270 268* 267 267 266* 264* 262* 259 255* 254* 250

E Paynter for Lancashire (Hove) JT Brown for Yorkshire (Sheffield) H Gimblett for Somerset (Eastbourne) SP James for Glamorgan (Colwyn Bay) WG Grace for Gloucestershire (Bristol) V T Trumper for Australians (Hove) JWA Taylor for Nottinghamshire (Horsham) WL Murdoch for Australians (Hove) GL Jessop for Gloucestershire (Hove) MA Noble for Australians (Hove) BM Duckett for Northamptonshire (Northampton) H Sutcliffe for Yorkshire (Headingley) JA Dixon for Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) A Shrewsbury for Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) MA Noble for Australians (Hove) MR Ramprakash for Surrey (Hove) GJ Mordaunt for Oxford University (Hove) IR Bell for Warwickshire (Horsham) CG Greenidge for Hampshire (Southampton) DL Haynes for Middlesex (Lord’s) MJ Di Venuto for Durham (Riverside) AF Kippax for Australians (Hove)

1937 1897 1948 2000 1896 1899 2015 1882 1903 1902 2016 1932 1897 1890 1905 2007 1895 2004 1975 1990 2009 1934

A CENTURY IN EACH INNINGS OF A MATCH FOR SUSSEX CJ Adams (2) MG Bevan G Brann GHG Doggart KS Duleepsinhji (2) CB Fry (4) MW Goodwin (2) W Lambert John Langridge (2) GD Mendis HW Parks JM Parks KS Ranjitsinhji KG Suttle AP Wells MH Yardy

135 & 105 140 & 190 166 & 174 105 & 101 140 & 105 115 & 246 116 & 102* 108 & 123* 125 & 229 138 & 101* 156 & 106 115 & 203* 119 & 205* 105* & 157 115 & 129 146 & 146* 103 & 100* 114* & 105* 101 & 100* 100 & 125 112 & 120 107 & 136 130 & 122

Essex (Chelmsford) Lancashire (Hove) Nottinghamshire (Hove) Kent (Hove) Oxford University (The Parks) Kent (Hastings) Middlesex (Lord’s) Middlesex (Hove) Surrey (Hove) Kent (Hove) MCC (Lord’s) Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) Surrey (Hove) Epsom (Lord’s) Lancashire (Old Trafford) Derbyshire (Worthing) Lancashire (Hastings) Essex (Leyton) Worcestershire (Worcester) Yorkshire (Hove) Cambridge University (Horsham) Kent (Hove) Yorkshire (Scarborough)

1998 2003 2000 1892 1954 1929 1930 1898 1900 1903 1905 2001 2007 1817 1949 1949 1985 1933 1957 1896 1971 1995 2011

NOTE: KS Ranjitsinhji scored both his centuries on the same day - the only instance in First-Class cricket

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A CENTURY ON DEBUT IN FIRST-CLASS CRICKET FOR SUSSEX OE Robinson JS Gatting OP Rayner KA Higgs JGC Scott AH Trevor L Winslow

110 152 101 101 137 103 124

THE FOLLOWING HAVE EACH SCORED ONE CENTURY FOR SUSSEX

Durham (Riverside) Cambridge UCCE (Fenner’s) Sri Lankans (Hove) Worcestershire (Hove) Oxford University (Eastbourne) Kent (Hove) Gloucestershire (Hove)

2015 2009 2006 1920 1907 1880 1875

N Arif, DR Briggs, MGK Burgess, P Cartwright, PP Chawla, A Collins, JM Cotterill, LJ Evans, R Fillery, DJ Foreman, AHH Gilligan, HW Greenwood, FH Guttridge, HE Hammond, JRP Heath, SP Hoadley, C Howard, WA Humphreys, KJ Innes, WG Khan, DRC Law, MP Lucas, J Major, WJ Malden, HS Malik, JA North, G Osbaldeston, DMW Rawlins, OE Robinson, AEW Parsons, Nawab of Pataudi, C Payne, H Phillips, ACS Pigott, OP Rayner, DA Reeve, HE Roberts, WGM Sarel, JGC Scott, KA Sellar, DJ Semmence, HL Simms, GA Stannard, GB Street, CG Taylor, JWA Taylor, LRPL Taylor, WA Tester, AH Trevor, CL St J Tudor, AC Watson, L Williams, RH Willson, AK Wilson, L Winslow, GN Wyatt, SAA Zaidi, B Zuiderent MOST RUNS IN A SEASON

A CENTURY IN FIRST MATCH FOR SUSSEX HAVING PREVIOUSLY PLAYED IN FIRST-CLASS CRICKET FW Marlow KS Ranjitsinhji WGM Sarel HT Bartlett NR Taylor LJ Wright PP Chawla JWA Taylor

144 150 103 122 127 100 102* 121*

MCC (Lord’s) MCC (Lord’s) Oxford University (Hove) Cambridge University (Worthing) Northamptonshire (Hove) Loughborough UCCE (Hove) Worcestershire (Worcester) Australians (Hove)

2,850 (Av 64.77) 2,847 (Av 51.76) 2,842 (Av 83.58) 2,824 (Av 88.25)

1891 1895 1919 1937 1997 2004 2009 2013

John Langridge CB Fry KS Ranjitsinhji G Cox snr. KG Suttle MW Goodwin EH Bowley HW Parks JM Parks AP Wells James Langridge JH Parks PWG Parker KS Duleepsinhji J Vine TER Cook CJ Adams DS Sheppard ER Dexter G Brann CD Nash MH Yardy GD Mendis AE Relf EH Killick RR Relf CM Wells RR Montgomerie ASM Oakman NJ Lenham MW Tate EC Joyce W Newnham MJ Prior LWP Wells BC Brown

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17 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5

DV Smith LJ Wright AW Greig VWC Jupp C Oakes CWJ Athey GHG Doggart GA Greenidge Imran Khan MP Speight A Melville KC Wessels PA Cottey PJ Graves G Bean K Greenfield MA Buss DM Smith JRT Barclay HT Bartlett MG Bevan AER Gilligan AF Wensley AM Green LJ Lenham Javed Miandad P Moores HP Chaplin JW Hall AJ Holmes FW Marlow IJ Ward HL Wilson RA Young MG Griffith RJ Langridge

5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

MW Machan RSC Martin-Jenkins WL Murdoch RM Prideaux S van Zyl IA Greig JB Hide AJ Hodd RJ Hamilton-Brown K Newell PD Salt MJ Di Venuto AIC Dodemaide JS Gatting MJJ Faber HZ Finch KD Goldie IJ Gould RB Heygate CD Hopkinson CJ Jordan PH Latham M Newell FD Stephenson NR Taylor TR Ambrose HRJ Charlwood GC Cooper G Cox snr. MJG Davis VC Drakes RT Ellis PGH Fender SC Griffith FFJ Greenfield TJ Haines

1949 1937 1901 1900

NOTE: The last player to score 2,000 runs in a season for Sussex was: 2,326 (Av 39.42)

KG Suttle

1962

MOST RUNS IN A CAREER

FIRST CLASS CENTURIES FOR SUSSEX 76 68 58 50 49 48 46 42 42 40 39 39 37 35 33 32 27 27 26 24 23 23 22 22 22 22 21 20 20 20 18 18 18 18 18 18

John Langridge JH Parks CB Fry KS Ranjitsinhji

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

KA Higgs RL Holdsworth RDV Knight W Lambert AH Lang G Leach Jas Lillywhite jnr. John Lillywhite FM Lucas JD Morley Rana Naved JY Oakes MTE Pierce UBA Rashid RSG Scott CLA Smith W Quaife D Wiese

34,152 29,375 29,138 28,894 25,439

John Langridge (1928-55) KG Suttle (1949-71) JM Parks (1949-72) James Langridge (1924-53) EH Bowley (1912-34)

1,000 RUNS IN A SEASON FOR SUSSEX 20 times 18 times 17 times 15 times 14 times 13 times 12 times 10 times 9 times 8 times 6 times 5 times 4 times 3 times twice once

James Langridge JM Parks (2,000 x3) John Langridge (2,000 x10); KG Suttle (2,000 x1) EH Bowley (2,000 x4) HW Parks (2,000 x1); J Vine G Cox, Jnr (2,000 x1) JH Parks (2,000 x1) TE Cook (2,000 x1); MW Tate; EH Killick; AP Wells CB Fry (2,000 x4); ASM Oakman (2,000 x1), MW Goodwin KS Ranjitsinhji (2,000 x4); AE Relf; DV Smith, CJ Adams; LJ Lenham (2,000 x1); GD Mendis; PWG Parker; RR Relf; CM Wells ER Dexter; KS Duleepsinhji (2,000 x2); GA Greenidge; C Oakes HT Bartlett; MA Buss; HP Chaplin; PJ Graves; AW Greig; RJ Langridge; RR Montgomerie; CD Nash; HL Wilson CWJ Athey; JRT Barclay; GC Cooper; AHH Gilligan; AM Green; VWC Jupp; EC Joyce; NJ Lenham; DS Sheppard (2,000 x1); DM Smith; MP Speight; AF Wensley BC Brown, G Brann; JW Hall; RB Heygate; AJ Holmes; Imran Khan; A Melville; WL Murdoch; W Newham; RM Prideaux; MJ Prior; LWP Wells; KC Wessels; MH Yardy G Bean; MG Bevan; PA Cottey; G Cox, Snr; MJ Di Venuto; AIC Dodemaide; GHG Doggart; MJJ Faber; PGH Fender; RDV Knight; G Leach; RSC Martin-Jenkins; Javed Miandad;, Nawab of Pataudi; J Oakes; CLA Smith; NR Taylor; S van Zyl; IJ Ward, LJ Wright

LEADING WICKET PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSSEX FIRST WICKET: (250 RUNS OR MORE) 490 EH Bowley and John Langridge v Middlesex (Hove) 372* MW Goodwin and RR Montgomerie v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 368 EH Bowley and JH Parks v Gloucestershire (Hove) 305 HW Greenwood and John Langridge v Essex (Hove) 303 FW Marlow and GL Wilson v Oxford University (Hove) 295 JH Parks and John Langridge v Leicestershire (Hove) 294 IJ Ward and RR Montgomerie v Loughborough UCCE (Hove) 294 EC Joyce and CD Nash v Derbyshire (Horsham) 287 CB Fry and J Vine v Hampshire (Hove)

1933 2001 1929 1935 1895 1938 2005 2010 1904

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263 258 252

NJ Lenham and K Newell v West Indians (Hove) JH Parks and John Langridge v Surrey (Horsham) RR Relf and J Vine v Nottinghamshire (Hove)

1995 1934 1912

SECOND WICKET: (250 RUNS OR MORE) 385 EH Bowley and MW Tate v Northamptonshire (Hove) 349 CB Fry and EH Killick v Yorkshire (Hove) 325 G Brann and KS Ranjitsinhji v Surrey (The Oval) 313 JW Hall and CM Wells v Cambridge University (Hove) 310 EC Joyce and LWP Wells v Derbyshire (Derby) 307 John Langridge and HW Parks v Kent (Tonbridge) 292* CB Fry and KS Ranjitsinhji v Somerset (Taunton) 292 RR Montgomerie and MG Bevan v Nottinghamshire (Hove) 281 John Langridge and HW Parks v Glamorgan (Eastbourne) 269 JRT Barclay and KC Wessels v Nottinghamshire (Eastbourne) 265 RR Montgomerie and MG Bevan v Nottinghamshire (Hove) 259 John Langridge and A Melville v Indians (Hove) 252 KS Ranjitsinhji and G Brann v Gloucestershire (Bristol)

1921 1901 1899 1993 2016 1939 1901 2000 1938 1980 2000 1936 1899

THIRD WICKET: (250 RUNS OR MORE) 385* MH Yardy and MW Goodwin v Warwickshire (Hove) 376 LP Wells and S van Zyl v Durham (Hove) 304 LWP Wells and MW Goodwin v Yorkshire (Hove) 298 KS Ranjitsinhji and EH Killick v Lancashire (Hove) 294 JM Parks and James Langridge v Kent (Tunbridge Wells) 290 MW Machan and CD Nash v Somerset (Taunton) 279 DS Sheppard and G Cox, Jnr v Yorkshire (Hastings) 275 MH Yardy and MW Machan v Somerset (Taunton) 267 MW Goodwin and CJ Adams v Leicestershire (Hove) 264 J Vine and RR Relf v Oxford University (Hove) 263 NJ Lenham and AP Wells v Lancashire (Old Trafford) 259 DS Sheppard and G Cox, Jnr v Glamorgan (Eastbourne) 255 KS Ranjitsinhji and CB Fry v Yorkshire (Sheffield) 250 KS Duleepsinhji and EH Bowley v Surrey (The Oval)

2006 2017 2011 1901 1951 2015 1953 2013 2003 1913 1992 1949 1904 1931

FOURTH WICKET: (250 RUNS OR MORE) 363 MW Goodwin and CD Hopkinson v Somerset (Taunton) 326* James Langridge and G Cox, Jnr v Yorkshire (Headingley) 303* AP Wells and CM Wells v Kent (Hove) 282 LJ Wright and BC Brown v Worcestershire (Worcester) 281 James Langridge and TER Cook v Surrey (The Oval) 266 James Langridge and G Cox, Jnr v Lancashire (Hove) 260* CD Nash and RJ Hamilton-Brown v Yorkshire (Hove) 259* James Langridge and DV Smith v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 256 G Cox, Jnr and C Oakes v Northamptonshire (Northampton) 256 Imran Khan and CM Wells v Glamorgan (Swansea) 256 MJ Di Venuto and PA Cottey v Gloucestershire (Hove) 254 MW Goodwin and CJ Adams v Yorkshire (Arundel) 253* MW Goodwin and CJ Adams v Surrey (Hove)

2009 1949 1987 2015 1930 1939 2013 1950 1950 1980 1999 2006 2007

FIFTH WICKET: (200 RUNS OR MORE) 297 JH Parks and HW Parks v Hampshire (Portsmouth) 294 LWP Wells and BC Brown v Glamorgan (Hove) 258* BC Brown and HZ Finch v Leeds/Bradford MCCU 251 DM Smith and P Moores v Essex (Southend) 246 A Collins and KS Ranjitsinhji v Kent (Hove) 232 EC Joyce & RJ Hamilton-Brown v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 226* AJ Holmes and TER Cook v Leicestershire (Leicester) 216 KC Wessels and CM Wells v Middlesex (Hove) 215 James Langridge and HW Parks v Kent (Hastings) 207 KS Ranjitsinhji and J Vine v Middlesex (Lord’s) 202 PA Cottey and MJ Prior v Kent (Hove)

1937 2016 2016 1992 1900 2013 1937 1980 1932 1905 2004

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HT Bartlett and G Cox, Jnr v Kent (Tunbridge Wells)

1949

SIXTH WICKET: (200 RUNS OR MORE) 335 LJ Wright and BC Brown v Durham (Hove) 255 KS Duleepsinhji and MW Tate v Northamptonshire (Hove) 241 MP Speight and P Moores v Nottinghamshire (Eastbourne) 232 CJ Adams and UBA Rashid v Glamorgan (Colwyn Bay) 226 G Cox, Jnr and G Potter v Worcestershire (Worcester) 222* AP Wells and AIC Dodemaide v Glamorgan (Swansea) 213* KS Ranjitsinhji and AE Relf v Lancashire (Hove)

2014 1930 1993 2000 1954 1991 1904

SEVENTH WICKET: (200 RUNS OR MORE) 344 KS Ranjitsinhji and W Newham v Essex (Leyton) 309 CJ Jordan and BC Brown v Northamptonshire (Northampton) 229 MJ Prior and LJ Wright v Loughborough UCCE (Hove) 228 MH Yardy and Rana Naved-Ul-Hasan v Middlesex (Lord’s) 225 MW Goodwin and RSC Martin-Jenkins v Derbyshire (Derby) 220 MGK Burgess and D Wiese v Cardiff MCCU (Hove)

1902 2019 2004 2005 2010 2019

EIGHTH WICKET: (175 RUNS OR MORE) 291 RSC Martin-Jenkins and MJG Davis v (Taunton) (This is the second highest eighth wicket partnership in England) 229* CLA Smith and G Brann v Kent (Hove) 209 GA Stannard and HE Roberts v Worcestershire (Hove) 188 RL Holdsworth and AER Gilligan v Lancashire (Eastbourne) 182 GN Wyatt and H Phillips v Australians (Hove) 179* G Leach and CLA Smith v Derbyshire (Hove) 178 AP Wells and BTP Donelan v Yorkshire (Middlesbrough) 176 HW Parks and AF Wensley v Cambridge University (Fenner’s)

2002 1902 1920 1927 1884 1909 1991 1936

NINTH WICKET: (150 RUNS OR MORE) 178 AF Wensley and HW Parks v Derbyshire (Horsham) 160* KS Ranjitsinhji and FW Tate v Surrey (Hastings)

1930 1902

TENTH WICKET: (100 RUNS OR MORE) 164 OE Robinson and ME Hobden v Durham (Riverside) 156 HR Butt and G Cox Snr v Cambridge University (Fenner’s) 130 GA Stannard and G Cox Snr v Essex (Hove) 113 G Cox, Snr and HR Butt v Hampshire (Chichester) 112 AE Relf and HE Roberts v Lancashire (Eastbourne) 106 MJG Davis and BV Taylor v Middlesex (Hove) 102 AP Wells and AM Babington v Hampshire (Southampton)

2015 1908 1919 1906 1914 2003 1989

HIGHEST WICKET PARTNERSHIPS AGAINST SUSSEX 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

378 423* 403 271 338 428

JT Brown and J Tunnicliffe for Yorkshire (Sheffield) J Cox and JA Leaning for Kent (Canterbury) MR Ramprakash and MA Butcher for Surrey (Hove) W Rhodes and BB Wilson for Yorkshire (Bradford) RS Lucas and TC O’Brien for Middlesex (Hove) WW Armstrong and MA Noble for Australians (Hove)

1897 2020 2007 1914 1895 1902

(This is the highest sixth wicket stand in England, and by Australians anywhere) 7th 8th 9th 10th

289* 289 203 193 183

IR Bell and T Frost for Warwickshire (Horsham) DR Brown and AF Giles for Warwickshire (Hove) WA Bourne and GW Humpage for Warwickshire (Edgbaston) WG Grace and SAP Kitcat for Gloucestershire (Bristol) SA Marsh and BJ Phillips for Kent (Horsham)

2004 2000 1976 1896 1997

CENTURY PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE FIRST WICKET IN BOTH INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 135 & 148 170 & 179 106 & 368 110 & 109

CB Fry and G Brann v Middlesex (Lord’s) CB Fry and J Vine v Leicestershire (Hove) EH Bowley and JH Parks v Gloucestershire (Hove) JH Parks and HE Hammond v Hampshire (Portsmouth)

1899 1903 1929 1936

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105 & 108 135 & 135 135 & 143 100 &119

PJ Graves and GA Greenidge v Australians (Hove) KC Wessels and JRT Barclay v Somerset (Hove) NJ Lenham and CWJ Athey v Durham (Durham University) EC Joyce and CD Nash v Nottinghamshire (Hove)

1972 1979 1993 2011

NOTE: During the match against Oxford University (The Parks) in 1956, ASM Oakman shared in two century opening stands: 109 with DV Smith in the first innings and 100 with AAK Lawrence in the second

All-Round Cricket THE DOUBLE - 1,000 RUNS AND 100 WICKETS IN A SEASON FOR SUSSEX 7 times 6 times 4 times twice once

(63 and 92, at least 11 wickets) v Hampshire & Surrey (Petworth Park) (113, 6-63 and 4-46) v Kent (Tunbridge Wells) (27 and 94, 7-38 and 3-58) v Surrey (The Oval) (89 and 65, 5-81 and 5-66) v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) (118*, 6-75 and 4-57) v Hampshire (Hove) (102 and 33*, 6-61 and 6-78) v Essex (Colchester) (13 and 103, 7-58 and 4-66) v Glamorgan (Swansea) (103* and 8-41 and 7-36) v Leicestershire (Hove) (87* and 29, 4-78 and 7-29) v Worcs (Worcester) (90 and 35, 5-48 and 6-42) v Oxford University (Hove) (101, 6-52 and 4-43) v Hampshire (Portsmouth) (86 and 54, 2-45 and 8-68) v Oxford University (Eastbourne)

1825 1962 1962 1896 1981 1921 1929 1912 1992 1920 1927 1906

FOUR WICKETS WITH CONSECUTIVE BALLS FOR SUSSEX v MCC and Ground (Lord’s)

1890

NOTES: This feat has been performed against Sussex on four occasions - in 1862 by J Wells for Kent; in 1924 by HA Peach for Surrey and in 1972 by PI Pocock for Surrey (Pocock went on to take five wickets in six balls and, in all, seven wickets in 11 balls) and in 2014 by AC Thomas for Somerset. HAT-TRICKS FOR SUSSEX AM Babington W Blackman A Buss (2) PAD Carey CH Ellis AER Gilligan HE Hammond WA Humphreys (3) VWC Jupp (3) Imran Khan

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Gloucestershire (Bristol) Surrey (Hove) Cambridge University (Fenner’s) Derbyshire (Hove) Glamorgan (Hove) Kent (Hove) Surrey (The Oval) Warwickshire (Hove) Australians (Hove) Australians (Hove) Hampshire (Southampton) Surrey (Hove) Essex (Leyton) Essex (Colchester) Warwickshire (Edgbaston)

1939 1998 2001 1981 1952 1978 1902 1958 1901 1926 1934 1935

ALL TEN WICKETS IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX CHG Bland NI Thomson

Bowling JB Hide

Derbyshire (Derby) Gloucestershire (Cheltenham) Hampshire (Hove) Warwickshire (Hove) Somerset (Hove) Surrey (Hove) Worcestershire (Hove) Cambridge University (Fenner’s) Surrey (The Oval) Middlesex (Lord’s) Northamptonshire (Peterborough) Middlesex (Lord’s)

NOTES: James Langridge took four wickets in five balls against Somerset (Weston-Super-Mare) in 1948; Imran Khan took four wickets in five balls against Derbyshire (Eastbourne) in 1981. JD Lewry took five wickets in seven balls, six in ten balls and seven in 13 balls against Hampshire (Hove) in 2001. The feat of taking three wickets in four balls has been performed for Sussex on 36 occasions.

MW Tate AE Relf James Langridge VWC Jupp EH Killick, JH Parks, J Vine, AF Wensley

100 RUNS AND 10 WICKETS IN A MATCH J Broadbridge ER Dexter ER Dexter CB Fry IA Greig VWC Jupp James Langridge AE Relf FD Stephenson MW Tate MW Tate J Vine

James Langridge JD Lewry (2) GS le Roux ASM Oakman ACS Pigott AE Relf DV Smith FW Tate MW Tate (2) AF Wensley

1986 1881 1965 1965 1947 1862 1923 1946 1880 1884 1885 1911 1919 1921 1983

(25.2-0-48-10) v Kent (Tonbridge) (34.2-19-49-10) v Warwickshire (Worthing)

1899 1964

NINE WICKETS IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX EH Bowley J Cornford G Cox, Snr EB Dwyer (2) JEBBPQC Dwyer AE James James Langridge James Lillywhite, Jnr (2) FW Lillywhite (2) RG Marlar Mushtaq Ahmed AE Relf MW Tate FW Tate G Wells

9-114 Derbyshire (Hove) 9-53 Northamptonshire (Rushden) 9-50 Warwickshire (Horsham) 9-35 Derbyshire (Hove) 9-44 Middlesex (Hove) 9-60 Yorkshire (Hove) 9-34 Yorkshire (Sheffield) 9-29 MCC (Lord’s) 9-73 Kent (Sandgate) 9-* Hants & Surrey (Bramshill) 9-* Kent (Town Malling) 9-46 Lancashire (Hove) 9-48 Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) 9-95 Warwickshire (Hove) 9-71 Middlesex (Lord’s) 9-73 Leicestershire (Leicester) 9-105 Surrey (Hove)

1929 1949 1926 1906 1906 1955 1934 1862 1863 1826 1836 1955 2006 1910 1926 1902 1860

NOTES: W Caffyn took nine wickets for 29 runs for Surrey & Sussex against England (The Oval) in 1857. The best bowling performance against Sussex is 9 for 11 by AP Freeman for Kent (Hove) in 1922. *No analysis preserved. MOST WICKETS IN A MATCH FOR SUSSEX 17-106 16-100 16-* 15-68 15-77 15-75 15-98 15-119 15-133 15-161 15-193 15-297 15-*

G Cox, Snr Warwickshire (Horsham) EB Dwyer Middlesex (Hove) FW Lillywhite Hants & Surrey (Bramshill) FW Tate Middlesex (Lord’s) AE Relf Leicestershire (Hove) NI Thomson Warwickshire (Worthing) F Parris Gloucestershire (Bristol) RG Marlar Lancashire (Hove) RG Marlar Glamorgan (Swansea) J Vine Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge) WA Humphreys Somerset (Taunton) CH Ellis Surrey (Hove) J Wisden Kent (Hove)

1926 1906 1826 1902 1912 1964 1894 1955 1952 1901 1893 1863 1848

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MOST WICKETS IN A SEASON FOR SUSSEX 198 164 161

MW Tate (Av 13.47) G Cox, Snr (Av 21.56) FW Tate (Av 14.92)

1925 1905 1902

100 WICKETS IN A SEASON FOR SUSSEX 13 times 12 times 10 times 5 times 4 times 3 times twice once

MW Tate NI Thomson AE Relf G Cox, Snr, FW Tate, AF Wensley James Langridge DL Bates, CHG Bland, A Buss AER Gilligan, AE James, VWC Jupp, RG Marlar, Mushtaq Ahmed, JA Snow AB Hide, WA Humphreys, EH Killick, G Leach, JK Nye, JH Parks, J Vine, DJ Wood

MOST WICKETS IN A CAREER FOR SUSSEX 2,211 1,810 1,594 1,527 1,416 1,306 1,067 1,019

(av 17.41) (av 22.84) (av 20.96) (av 20.42) (av 22.34) (av 21.48) (av 26.42) (av 26.43)

MW Tate G Cox, Snr AE Relf NI Thomson James Langridge FW Tate AF Wensley JH Cornford

1912-1937 1895-1928 1900-1921 1952-1972 1924-1953 1887-1905 1922-1936 1931-1952

BEST BOWLING IN AN INNINGS AGAINST AND FOR EACH OPPONENT Derbyshire Durham Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire Worcestershire

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9 - 35 9 - 20 6 - 15 8 - 51 8 - 22 8 - 33 8 - 30 9 - 60 8 - 21 9 - 34 8 - 28 8 - 43 10 - 48 9 - 11 9 - 46 9 - 25 9 - 73 8 - 73 9 – 44 9 - 63 9 - 53 9 - 35 9 - 48 9 - 54 8 - 20 9 - 51 9 - 105 9 - 49 10 - 49 9 - 39 8 - 18 9 - 122

EB Dwyer (Hove) FW Swarbrook (Hove) IDK Salisbury (Hove) C Rushworth (Chester-le-Street) AE Relf (Hove) CP Buckenham (Leyton) MW Tate (Hove) OS Wheatley (Ebbw Vale) A.E. Relf (Cheltenham) HJ Huggins (Bristol) FW Tate (Southampton) M Heath (Portsmouth) CHG Bland (Tonbridge) AP Freeman (Hove) RG Marlar (Hove) A Appleby (Hove) FW Tate (Leicester) JE Walsh (Hove) EB Dwyer (Hove) VE Walker (Islington) JH Cornford (Rushden) V Broderick (Horsham) Mushtaq Ahmed (Trent Bridge) RJ Mee (Trent Bridge) SJ Magoffin (Horsham) AA Jones (Hove) G Wells (Hove) T Richardson (The Oval) NI Thomson (Worthing) CW Grove (Edgbaston) MW Tate (Horsham) JA Flavell (Hastings)

1906 1975 1996 2018 1909 1904 1925 1968 1921 1904 1902 1958 1899 1922 1955 1877 1902 1948 1906 1864 1949 1948 2006 1893 2013 1972 1860 1895 1964 1952 1924 1954

Yorkshire Oxford University Cambridge University Tourists

9 - 34 9 - 48 8 - 68 9 - 31 8 - 77 8 - 49 7 - 47 8 - 48

James Langridge (Sheffield) JH Wardle (Hull) J Vine (Eastbourne) BJT Bosanquet (The Parks) AE Relf (Fenner’s) EL Kidd (Fenner’s) James Langridge (Hove) v Indians GE Palmer (Hove) for Australians

1934 1954 1906 1900 1908 1908 1936 1882

Fielding MOST CATCHES IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

HZ Finch Worcestershire (Worcester) GA Greenidge Glamorgan (Hove) Javed Miandad Oxford University (Pagham) John Langridge Somerset (Taunton) ASM Oakman Glamorgan (Worthing) ASM Oakman Lancashire (Hastings) AF Wensley Warwickshire (Edgbaston) AF Wensley Surrey (Horsham)

2017 1975 1976 1950 1958 1961 1932 1934

MOST CATCHES IN A MATCH FOR SUSSEX 7 7 7 7

GC Cooper Nottinghamshire (Hove) John Langridge Somerset (Taunton) ASM Oakman Glamorgan (Worthing) AF Wensley Surrey (Horsham)

1961 1950 1958 1934

Wicket-Keeping MOST DISMISSALS IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 6 BC Brown 6 BC Brown 6 HR Butt 6 HR Butt 6 HR Butt 6 MG Griffith 6 AJ Hodd 6 JM Parks 6 H Phillips 6 MJ Prior 6 AA Shaw 6 RT Webb 6 RT Webb

CT 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 6 3 3 6

ST 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 0

Middlesex (Hove) Gloucestershire (Cheltenham) Gloucestershire (Bristol) Hampshire (Hove) Leicestershire (Hove) Essex (Clacton) Hampshire (Rose Bowl) Worcestershire (Dudley) Surrey (The Oval) Warwickshire (Hove) Cambridge University (Hove) Nottinghamshire (Hove) Somerset (Hove)

2012 2018 1899 1901 1909 1964 2011 1959 1872 2013 1927 1955 1960

ST 5 0 7 0 0 0 4 0

Surrey (The Oval) Somerset (Taunton) Hants & Surrey (Bramshill Park) Middlesex (Hove) Kent (Tonbridge) Somerset (Hove) Worcestershire (Worcester) West Indies (Hove)

1872 2013 1826 2012 1899 1900 1928 1976

MOST DISMISSALS IN A MATCH FOR SUSSEX 10 H Phillips 9 BC Brown 9 W Broadbridge 8 BC Brown 8 HR Butt 8 HR Butt 8 WL Cornford 8 A Long

CT 5 9 2 8 8 8 4 8

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A Long P Moores P Moores H Phillips GB Street RT Webb

8 8 8 3 7 8

0 0 0 5 1 0

Kent (Hove) Yorkshire (Middlesbrough) Gloucestershire (Bristol) Kent (Hove) Worcestershire (Hastings) Somerset (Hove)

1976 1991 1994 1884 1923 1960

LARGEST INNINGS WITHOUT BYES (SUSSEX BOWLING) TOTAL 561-8 dec 555-6 dec 553 all out 546 all out

OPPONENTS Lancashire at Old Trafford South Africans at Hove Surrey at Hove New Zealanders at Hove

SUSSEX WICKETKEEPER P Moores SC Griffith P Moores SC Griffith

APPEARANCE RECORDS – MATCHES FOR SUSSEX IN FIRST-CLASS CRICKET (300 OR MORE) 622 618 601 567 563 525 517 506 497 484 480 459 458 450 448 448 434 403 373 360 334 330 315 312 304

James Langridge G Cox, Snr KG Suttle JG Langridge JM Parks MW Tate HR Butt J Vine ASM Oakman WL Cornford HW Parks TER Cook EH Bowley EH Killick G Cox, Jnr AE Relf JH Parks NI Thomson AF Wensley DV Smith W Newham JH Cornford DL Bates FW Tate A Buss

1924 - 1953 1895 - 1928 1949 - 1971 1928 - 1955 1949 - 1972 1912 - 1937 1890 - 1912 1896 - 1922 1947 - 1968 1921 - 1947 1926 - 1948 1922 - 1937 1912 - 1934 1893 - 1913 1931 - 1960 1900 - 1921 1924 - 1939 1952 - 1972 1922 - 1936 1946 - 1962 1881 - 1905 1931 - 1952 1950 - 1971 1887 - 1905 1958 - 1974

300

LJ Lenham

1956 - 1970

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v v v v

Derbyshire at Derby Buckinghamshire at Beaconsfield Gloucestershire at Hove Unicorns at Arundel

1997 1992 2009 2010

AGAINST SUSSEX 377-9 (45 overs) 367-6 (50 overs) 355-5 (50 overs) 348-8 (48.4 overs) 346-3 (50 overs) 343-6 (50 overs) 342-3 (60 overs) 341-5 (50 overs) 337-3 (50 overs) 337-7 (38.3 overs) 335-6 (50 overs) 331-7 (50 overs) 330-4 (55 overs) 327-2 (55 overs) 327-8 (60 overs) 327-4 (40 overs) 324-4 (45 overs) 322-5 (60 overs)

by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by by

Somerset at Hove Middlesex at Hove Hampshire at Southampton Glamorgan at Hove Essex at Chelmsford Hampshire at Rose Bowl Warwickshire at Edgbaston Middlesex at Lord’s Surrey at Hove Kent at Canterbury Gloucestershire at Eastbourne Kent at Canterbury Lancashire at Old Trafford Essex at Hove Derbyshire at Derby Unicorns at Arundel Leicestershire at Horsham Warwickshire at Lord’s

2003 2015 2019 2019 2008 2015 1997 2017 2002 2013 2019 2017 1991 1982 1997 2010 2004 1993

FOR SUSSEX 49 (35.2 overs) 59 (26 overs)

v v

Derbyshire at Chesterfield Glamorgan at Hove

1969 1996

AGAINST SUSSEX 36 (25.4 overs) 39 (26.4 overs)

by by

Leicestershire at Leicester Ireland at Hove

1973 1985

LOW INNINGS TOTALS

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 171 166 163* 158* 158 157*

D Wiese (50) v Hampshire at Southampton LJ Wright (50) v Middlesex at Lord’s CJ Adams (45) v Middlesex at Arundel MW Goodwin (60) v Essex at Chelmsford RJK Rao (60) v Derbyshire at Derby MG Bevan (50) v Essex at Chelmsford

2019 2019 1999 2006 1997 2000

AGAINST SUSSEX 198* 177 158 157* 154

GA Gooch (40) for Essex at Hove SJ Cook (55) for Somerset at Hove MM Ali (40) for Worcestershire at Horsham Inzamam-ul-Haq (55) for Pakistan at Hove BJ Hodge (45) for Leicestershire at Horsham

1982 1990 2011 1992 2004

FASTEST HUNDRED BY BALLS

HIGH INNINGS TOTALS FOR SUSSEX 399-4 (40 overs) 384-9 (60 overs) 347-7 (50 overs) 346 (49.3 overs) 341-7 (50 overs) 336-5 (40 overs) 332-4 (47.5 overs)

1997 1947 1988 1937

329-5 (60 overs) 327-6 (60 overs) 326-7 (50 overs) 325-4 (40 overs)

v v v v v v v

Worcestershire at Horsham Ireland at Downpatrick Glamorgan at Hove Hampshire at Southampton Somerset at Taunton Kent at Canterbury Kent at Canterbury

2011 1996 2019 2019 2018 2013 2017

FOR SUSSEX 47 balls

MP Speight v Somerset at Taunton

1993

AGAINST SUSSEX 44 balls

DI Stevens for Kent at Canterbury

2013

HIGHEST SCORE AGAINST EACH COUNTY FOR SUSSEX Derbyshire Durham

158 (60) 127 (50)

RK Rao at Derby EC Joyce at Hove

1997 2009

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Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire Worcestershire Yorkshire

158* (50) 141 (40) 146 (50) 171 (50) 137* (50) 132* (40) 136 (45) 166 (50) 121* (40) 123* (40) 123* (40) 137 (40) 144 (50) 144 (45) 122 (40) 129 (40)

MW Goodwin at Chelmsford MJ Prior at Hove EC Joyce at Hove D Wiese at Southampton PD Salt at Beckenham CJ Adams at Hove IJ Ward at Horsham LJ Wright at Lord’s PWG Parker at Hastings CD Hopkinson at Hove EC Joyce at Hove MJ Prior at Arundel MW Goodwin at Hove MJ Prior at Hove JS Gatting at Horsham AW Greig at Scarborough

2006 2006 2009 2019 2019 2006 2004 2019 1983 2007 2013 2008 2009 2005 2011 1976

AGAINST SUSSEX Derbyshire Durham Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire Worcestershire Yorkshire

129* (45) 129* (60) 86 (40) 198* (40) 107 (50) 122 (40) 130 (50) 138 (50) 136 (55) 154* (45) 143* (55) 120 (40) 118 (40) 177 (55) 142*(50) 117* (40) 158 (40) 132* (40)

MJ Di Venuto at Derby CJ Adams at Derby W Larkins at Horsham) GA Gooch at Hove SP James at Llanelli HJH Marshall at Hove AK Markram at Southampton DJ Bell-Drummond at Canterbury G Fowler at Old Trafford BJ Hodge at Horsham MW Gatting at Hove AJ Lamb at Northampton PR Pollard at Trent Bridge SJ Cook at Hove MR Ramprakash at Hove DL Amiss at Horsham MM Ali at Horsham JA Rudolph at Scarborough

2005 1997 1992 1992 1993 2007 2019 2017 1991 2004 1985 1992 1996 1990 2007 1980 2011 2007

HIGHEST PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSSEX 271 for 3rd (50) 248 for 1st (60) 232 for 6th (50) 228* for 3rd (45) 210 for 1st (40) 209 for 4th (45) 207 for 4th (50) 199 for 4th (50) 195 for 1st (40)

CJ Adams and MG Bevan v Essex at Chelmsford DM Smith and CWJ Athey v Hampshire at Hove D Wiese and BC Brown v Hampshire at Southampton MW Goodwin and CJ Adams v Middlesex at Hove EC Joyce and JS Gatting v Worcestershire at Horsham MJ Prior and MW Goodwin v Warwickshire at Hove HZ Finch and LJ Evans v Kent at Canterbury RR Montgomerie and MW Goodwin v Somerset at Taunton RR Montgomerie and MJ Prior v Glamorgan at Hove

2000 1993 2019 2003 2011 2005 2017 2007 2006

AGAINST SUSSEX 268* for 3rd (55) 268 for 2nd (50) 235 for 2nd (50) 221 for 1st (40) 214* for 3rd (40) 201 for 3rd (60) 199 for 1st (40) 198 for 1st (50)

GA Gooch and KWR Fletcher for Essex at Hove DJ Malan and NRT Gubbins for Middlesex at Hove VP Terry and RA Smith for Hampshire at Portsmouth CG Greenidge and VP Terry for Hampshire at Hove NMK Smith and DP Ostler for Warwickshire at Hove DL Haynes and MW Gatting for Middlesex at Lord’s PJ Prichard and SG Law for Essex at Hove PR Stirling & NRT Gubbins for Middlesex at Hove

1992 2015 1993 1985 1996 1989 1997 2018

HIGHEST PARTNERSHIPS FOR EACH WICKET FOR SUSSEX

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

248 (60) 189 (40) 271 (50) 209 (45) 146 (50) 232 (50) 115 (60) 84*(45) 99* (40) 52 (50)

DM Smith and CWJ Athey v Hampshire at Hove PWG Parker and CM Wells v Warwickshire at Hove CJ Adams and MG Bevan v Essex at Chelmsford MJ Prior and MW Goodwin v Warwickshire at Hove MW Goodwin and CD Hopkinson v Essex at Chelmsford D Wiese and BC Brown v Hampshire at Southampton IJ Gould and GS Le Roux v Yorkshire at Headingley KJ Innes and MJG Davis v Surrey at Hove MW Goodwin and Mohammad Sami v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge WAT Beer and DR Briggs v Somerset at Taunton

1993 1983 2000 2005 2006 2019 1986 2002 2008 2016

AGAINST SUSSEX 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

221 (40) 268 (50) 268* (55) 167 (45) 167 (50) 163 (50) 178 (60) 151* (45) 112 (50) 61* (50) 38 * (50) 38 (55)

CG Greenidge and VP Terry for Hampshire at Hove DJ Malan and NRT Gubbins for Middlesex at Hove GA Gooch and KWR Fletcher for Essex at Hove RS Dravid and JC Kent for Scotland at Hove C Kieswetter and Z De Bruyn for Somerset at Taunton NRD Compton and OA Shah for Middlesex at Lord’s JP Crawley and ID Austin for Lancashire at Hove ID Blackwell and RJ Turner for Somerset at Taunton DC Nash and AA Noffke for Middlesex at Lord’s AP Cowan and MC Ilott for Essex at Chelmsford DA Graveney and SP Hughes for Durham at Durham University VJ Marks and MR Davis for Somerset at Taunton

1985 2015 1982 2003 2009 2007 1997 2005 2002 2000 1993 1984

MOST SIXES IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 9 9 9 8

CJ Adams (163) v Middlesex at Arundel LJ Wright (166) v Middlesex at Lord’s D Wiese (171 v Hampshire at Southampton LJ Evans (134*) v Kent at Canterbury

1999 2019 2019 2017

AGAINST SUSSEX 10 8 8

ID Blackwell (134*) for Somerset at Taunton PT Marner (99) for Leicestershire at Leicester JMR Taylor (69*) for Gloucestershire at Eastbourne

2005 1969 2019

Bowling MOST WICKETS IN AN INNINGS FOR SUSSEX 7-41 (40) 6-9 (50) 6-14 (40) 6-27 (45) 6-28 (40) 6-29 (40) 6-29 (40) 6-50 (50)

AN Jones v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge AIC Dodemaide v Ireland at Downpatrick MA Buss v Lancashire at Hove MH Yardy v Warwickshire at Hove AW Greig v Middlesex at Hove PW Jarvis v Northamptonshire at Hove DR Smith v Nottinghamshire at Hove RJ Kirtley v Durham at Hove

1986 1990 1973 2005 1971 1995 2009 2009

AGAINST SUSSEX 8-21 (60) 6-12 (40) 6-15 (60) 6-17 (55) 6-18 (60) 6-18 (60) 6-25 (40)

MA Holding for Derbyshire at Hove DL Underwood for Kent at Hastings WW Daniel for Middlesex at Hove WW Daniel for Middlesex at Hove TJP Eyre for Derbyshire at Chesterfield CEB Rice for Nottinghamshire at Hove GD Clough for Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge

1988 1984 1980 1978 1969 1982 2006

6-33 (40)

NMK Smith for Warwickshire at Edgbaston

1995

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BEST BOWLING IN AN INNINGS AGAINST EACH COUNTY FOR SUSSEX Derbyshire Durham Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire Worcestershire Yorkshire

5-36 (40) 6-50 (50) 5-23 (50) 5-24 (45) 5-32 (40) 5-30 (40) 5-40 (40) 6-14 (40) 5-30 (40) 6-28 (40) 6-29 (40) 7-41 (40) 5-42 (50) 5-15 (40) 6-27 (45) 5-33 (40) 4-15 (40)

MA Buss (Eastbourne) RJ Kirtley (Hove) FD Stephenson (Hove) UBA Rashid (Swansea) AR Hansford (Hove) ACS Pigott (Basingstoke) AA Khan (Horsham) MA Buss (Hove) IDK Salisbury (Leicester) AW Greig (Hove) PW Jarvis (Hove) AN Jones (Trent Bridge) JC Archer (Taunton) JA Snow (Hove) MH Yardy (Edgbaston) K Newell (Worcester) Imran Khan (Sheffield)

1973 2009 1993 1999 1989 1991 1997 1973 1992 1971 1995 1986 2016 1972 1995 2005 1985

AGAINST SUSSEX Derbyshire Durham Essex Glamorgan Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Middlesex Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Somerset Surrey Warwickshire Worcestershire Yorkshire

8-21 (60) 5-48 (45) 5-22 (40) 5-17 (60) 5-10 (40) 6-47 (50) 6-12 (40) 5-30 (60) 5-30 (45) 5-32 (40) 6-15 (60) 5-32 (40) 6-25 (40) 4-18 (40) 5-20 (45) 6-33 (40) 5-27 (40) 5-13 (40)

MA Holding (Hove) ML Lewis (Riverside) Danish Kaneria (Colchester) JG Thomas (Cardiff) MJ Procter (Arundel) LA Dawson (Ageas Bowl) DL Underwood (Hastings) PJ Martin (Old Trafford) G Keedy (Old Trafford) D Williamson (Eastbourne) WW Daniel (Hove) TA Copeland (Northampton) GD Clough (Trent Bridge) JK Roberts (Torquay) ESH Giddins ( The Oval) NMK Smith (Edgbaston) RGM Carter (Hove) D Gough ( Hove)

1988 2005 2007 1985 1972 1974 1984 1988 2000 1997 1980 2013 2006 1969 2002 1995 1971 1994

FOR SUSSEX A Buss GS Le Roux CJ Adams RJ Kirtley Yasir Arafat DR Smith JE Taylor

v Worcestershire at Hastings v Ireland at Hove v Middlesex at Hove v Hampshire at The Rose Bowl v Gloucestershire at Horsham v Nottinghamshire at Hove v Essex at Chelmsford

1974 1985 1998 2001 2009 2009 2017

AGAINST SUSSEX JDF Larter A Ward ARC Fraser RK Illingworth BAC Howell

for Northamptonshire at Northampton for Derbyshire at Hove for Middlesex at Lord’s for Worcestershire at Hove for Gloucestershire at Eastbourne

1963 1970 1988 1993 2019

HAT-TRICKS

RECORDS

T20 RECORDS HIGH INNINGS TOTALS

A Ward took four wickets in four balls for Derbyshire at Hove in 1970

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FOR SUSSEX (20 OVERS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) 242-5 v Gloucestershire at Bristol 239-5 v Glamorgan at Hove 232-3 v Somerset at Hove 230-4 v Gloucestershire at Hove 215-5 v Middlesex at Hove 212-6 v Kent at Hove 209-6 v Essex at Hove 205-5 v Hampshire at Hove 204-6 v Hampshire at Hove 203-5 (17.4 overs) v Hampshire at West End

2016 2010 2016 2012 2018 2012 2012 2007 2008 2012

AGAINST SUSSEX (20 OVERS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) 242-3 by Essex at Chelmsford 205-4 by Hampshire at Hove 205-4 by Surrey at Hove 203-2 by Surrey at Whitgift School 221-2 by Middlesex at Hove

2008 2008 2016 2011 2015

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204-3

by

Hampshire at Hove

2015

FOR SUSSEX (20 OVERS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) 67 all out (14.5) v Hampshire at Hove 68 all out (16.5) v Surrey at Hove

2007 2007

AGAINST SUSSEX (20 OVERS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) 85 all out (18.2) by Hampshire at The Rose Bowl 88 all out (13.3) by Glamorgan at Hove

2008 2018

LOW INNINGS TOTALS

CENTURIES FOR SUSSEX 153* 117 116 112 111* 103 102* 101 100* 100*

LJ Wright v Essex at Chelmsford MJ Prior v Glamorgan at Hove LJ Wright v Hampshire at Southampton CD Nash v Somerset at Hove LJ Wright v Gloucestershire at Bristol LJ Wright v Kent at Canterbury MW Goodwin v Essex at Chelmsford LJ Wright v Glamorgan at Arundel MW Goodwin v Surrey at Hove SB Styris v Gloucestershire at Hove

2014 2010 2014 2016 2015 2007 2007 2017 2011 2012

AGAINST SUSSEX 152* 131 121 115* 114* 109 101* 100 100

GR Napier for Essex at Chelmsford AJ Finch for Surrey at Hove MM Ali for Worcestershire at Hove DJ Malan for Middlesex at Hove AJ Finch for Surrey at The Oval JJ Roy for Surrey at Hove CA Ingram for Glamorgan at Arundel RC Irani for Essex at Hove DJ Willey for Northamptonshire at Hove

2008 2018 2019 2015 2017 2016 2017 2006 2015

FASTEST HUNDREDS (BY BALLS) FOR SUSSEX 37 balls 44 balls

SB Styris v Gloucestershire at Hove LJ Wright v Kent at Canterbury

2012 2007

AGAINST SUSSEX 40 balls 44 balls

DJ Willey for Northamptonshire at Hove GR Napier for Essex at Chelmsford

2015 2008

HIGHEST PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSSEX 159 for 4th 156 for 1st 130 for 1st 129 for 4th 123 for 2nd 120 for 4th 120 for 1st 117 for 3rd 117 for 1st 116* for 1st 115* for 2nd 114 for 2nd 112* for 2nd 109 for 1st 108* for 2nd

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LJ Wright and MW Machan v Essex at Chelmsford CD Nash and LJ Wright v Somerset at Hove PD Salt and LJ Wright v Glamorgan at Hove MW Goodwin and SB Styris v Gloucestershire at Hove LJ Wright and LJ Evans v Glamorgan at Cardiff LJ Wright and D Wiese v Somerset at Edgbaston LD Nash and S van Zyl v Surrey at Hove MW Goodwin and MJ Prior v Surrey at Hove CD Nash and LJ Wright v Glamorgan at Hove CD Nash and LJ Wright v Glamorgan at Cardiff PD Salt and LJ Evans v Kent at Hove LJ Wright and MJ Prior v Hampshire at Southampton MJ Prior and CJ Adams v Essex at Chelmsford BC Brown and LJ Wright v Surrey at Whitgift School LJ Wright and CJ Adams v Hampshire at Southampton

2015 2016 2019 2012 2018 2018 2017 2008 2015 2015 2019 2012 2004 2011 2007

AGAINST SUSSEX 187 for 1st 177 for 2nd 149* for 1st 130 for 3rd 124 for 2nd 122 for 2nd 120 for 2nd 119 for 3rd 118 for 2nd 115 for 1st 110 for 2nd 109 for 1st 105 for 2nd 104* for 2nd

DJ Malan and PD Stirling for Middlesex at Hove MH Wessels and MM Ali for Worcestershire at Hove HM Amla and JJ Roy for Surrey at The Oval CA Ingram and JR Rudolph for Glamorgan at Arundel JD Ryder and T Westley for Essex at Chelmsford PR Stirling and JA Simpson for Middlesex at Hove HJH Marshall and A Cockbain for Gloucestershire at Arundel GR Napier and JS Foster for Essex at Chelmsford T Westley and DW Lawrence for Essex at Hove GM Smith and HD Rutherford for Essex at Hove JHK Adams and SM Ervine for Hampshire at The Rose Bowl JM Vince and RR Russouw for Hampshire at Hove SM Davies and RJ Hamilton-Brown for Surrey at Whitgift School RWT Key and MJ van Jaarsveld for Kent at Hove

2015 2019 2014 2017 2014 2018 2016 2008 2020 2013 2009 2017 2011 2010

BEST BOWLING PERFORMANCES FOR SUSSEX 5-11 5-17 5-17 5-18 5-24 4-7 4-15 4-15 4-16 4-20 4-20 4-21 4-21 4-23 4-28 4-27 4-23 4-15 AGAINST SUSSEX

Mushtaq Ahmed v Essex at Hove Rana Naved ul-Hasan v Essex at Hove CJ Liddle v Middlesex at Lord’s OP Rayner v Somerset at Hove D Wiese v Essex at Chelmsford CD Nash v Gloucestershire at Arundel RJ Hamilton-Brown v Warwickshire at Hove CJ Liddle v Hampshire at Southampton GHS Garton v Glamorgan at Hove CJ Liddle v Middlesex at Lord’s RSC Martin-Jenkins v Middlesex at Lord’s GHS Garton v Essex at Chelmsford Yasir Arafat v Surrey at Hove MJ Rippon v Kent at Hove CJ Liddle v Kent at Hove GHS Garton v Middlesex at Hove M Rahman v Essex at Chelmsford OE Robinson v Middlesex at Hove

2005 2011 2012 2011 2018 2011 2009 2008 2016 2011 2003 2020 2006 2012 2008 2020 2016 2016

5-14 5-14 4-12 4-14 4-17 4-17 4-17 4-20 4-21 4-23 4-23 4-23 4-27 4-26 4-26

AD Mascarenhas for Hampshire at Southampton KJ Abbott for Hampshire at Hove CP Schofield for Surrey at Hove AJ Hollioake for Surrey at Imber Court Yasir Arafat for Kent at Hove DR Briggs for Hampshire at Southampton T van der Gugten for Glamorgan at Cardiff JE Taylor for Somerset at Edgbaston NJ Dexter for Middlesex at Hove AJ Bichel for Essex at Chelmsford LJ Livingstone for Lancashire at Hove AD Mascarenhas for Hampshire at Southampton TJ Phillips for Essex at Chelmsford SW Tait for Essex at Chelmsford AJW Topley for Essex at Hove

2004 2015 2007 2003 2008 2011 2016 2018 2011 2006 2020 2006 2011 2013 2013

v Middlesex at Lord’s v Glamorgan at Hove

2018 2018

AGAINST SUSSEX AD Mascarenhas for Hampshire at Southampton

2004

HAT-TRICK FOR SUSSEX JC Archer TS Mills

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DATE

DURATION

HOME

AWAY

VENUE

APRIL MON 12 APR

4 DAYS

MIDDLESEX

SUSSEX/KENT

RADLETT

MON 19 APR

4 DAYS

SUSSEX/KENT

HAMPSHIRE

POLO FARM

SUN 25 APR

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

KENT

TBC

SUN 25 APR

20 OVERS

SURREY

SUSSEX

SURREY

MAY MON 03 MAY

4 DAYS

SUSSEX

SURREY

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

MON 03 MAY

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

HAMPSHIRE

SIR ROD ALDRIDGE CRICKET CENTRE, BACA

MON 03 MAY

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

ESSEX

SIR ROD ALDRIDGE CRICKET CENTRE, BACA

FRI 07 MAY

50 OVERS

SOUTHERN VIPERS

SUNRISERS

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

SUN 09 MAY

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

SURREY

TBC

SUN 09 MAY

20 OVERS

ESSEX

SUSSEX

TBC

MON 10 MAY

4 DAYS

HAMPSHIRE

SUSSEX

AGEAS BOWL

SUN 16 MAY

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

KENT

TBC

SUN 16 MAY

20 OVERS

HAMPSHIRE

SUSSEX

TBC

TUES 18 MAY

4 DAYS

SUSSEX

ESSEX

BLACKSTONE

MON 31 MAY

20 OVERS

ESSEX

SUSSEX

GARON PARK

JUNE TUES 01 JUN

20 OVERS

SURREY

SUSSEX

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

TUES 01 JUN

50 OVERS

KENT

SUSSEX

TBC

THURS 03 JUN

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

KENT

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

THURS 03 JUN

50 OVERS

SUSSEX

SURREY

SIR ROD ALDRIDGE CRICKET CENTRE, BACA

THURS 03 JUN

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

MIDDLESEX

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

FRI 04 JUN

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

ESSEX

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

SAT 05 JUN

50 OVERS

SOUTHERN VIPERS

CENTRAL SPARKS

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

MON 07 JUN

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

SURREY

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

FRI 11 JUN

20 OVERS

MIDDLESEX

SUSSEX

MERCHANT TAYLORS’ SCHOOL

JUNE MON 14 JUN

20 OVERS

KENT

SUSSEX

POLO FARM

TUES 15 JUN

20 OVERS

SUSSEX

HAMPSHIRE

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

SAT 17 JUL

50 OVERS

SUSSEX

ESSEX

BLACKSTONE

THURS 22 JUL

50 OVERS

MIDDLESEX

SUSSEX

TBC

THURS 24 JUN

20 OVERS

TBC

TBC

TBC

MON 28 JUN

4 DAYS

SUSSEX

KENT

BLACKSTONE

T20 FINALS DAY

AUGUST MON 16 AUG

4 DAYS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

SUSSEX

ROCKHAMPTON

TUES 24 AUG

4 DAYS

MIDDLESEX

SUSSEX

RADLETT

WED 25 AUG

20 OVERS

SOUTHERN VIPERS

CENTRAL SPARKS

THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND

4 DAYS

SUSSEX

DURHAM

BLACKSTONE

SEPTEMBER MON 06 SEP

Jofra Archer is one of only two Sussex bowlers to take a hat-trick in T20

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