|One Day name||Sussex Sharks|
|Captain|| Ben Brown (first-class & List A) |
Luke Wright (T20)
|Overseas player(s)|| Travis Head |
Rashid Khan (T20)
|Home ground||County Cricket Ground, Hove|
|First-class debut|| MCC |
|National League/Pro40 wins||3|
|FP Trophy wins||5|
|Twenty20 Cup wins||1|
|NatWest Pro40 wins||1|
|Official website:|| sussexcricket|
Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Sussex. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club was founded in 1839 as a successor to the various Sussex county cricket teams, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, which had been representative of the county of Sussex as a whole since the 1720s. The club has always held first-class status. Sussex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.
The club colours are traditionally blue and white and the shirt sponsors are Aerotron for the Specsavers County Championship, Parafix for Royal London One-Day Cup matches and Boundless for NatWest Blast T20 matches. Its home ground is the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex also play matches around the county at Arundel and Eastbourne.
Sussex won its first ever official County Championship title in 2003 and subsequently became the dominant team of the decade, repeating the success in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Sussex achieved ‘the double’, beating Lancashire to clinch the C&G Trophy, before winning the County Championship following an emphatic victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, in which Sussex defeated their hosts by an innings and 245 runs.Sussex then won the title for the third time in five years in 2007, when in a nail-biting finale on the last day of the season, Sussex defeated Worcestershire early in the day and then had to wait until past five o'clock as title rivals Lancashire narrowly failed to beat Surrey – prompting relieved celebrations at the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex enjoyed further limited overs success with consecutive Pro40 wins in 2008 and 2009 as well as beating Somerset at Edgbaston to lift the 2009 Twenty20 Cup. The south coast county ended the decade having won ten trophies in ten years.
On 1 November 2015, Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC) merged with the Sussex Cricket Board (SCB) to form a single governing body for cricket in Sussex, called Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL).
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Sussex, along with Kent, is believed to be the birthplace of cricket. It is believed that cricket was invented by children living on the Weald in Anglo-Saxon or Norman times.
See : History of cricket to 1725
The first definite mention of cricket in Sussex relates to ecclesiastical court records in 1611 which state that two parishioners of Sidlesham in West Sussex failed to attend church on Easter Sunday because they were playing cricket. They were fined 12d each and made to do penance.
Cricket became established in Sussex during the 17th century and the earliest village matches took place before the English Civil War. It is believed that the earliest county teams were formed in the aftermath of the Restoration in 1660. In 1697, the earliest "great match" recorded was for 50 guineas apiece between two elevens at a venue in Sussex. It was possibly an inter-county match and has been classified as the earliest known top-class match in cricket history.
Matches involving the two great Sussex patrons Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond and Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet were first recorded in 1725. The earliest known use of Sussex in a match title occurred in 1729. From 1741, Richmond patronised the famous Slindon Cricket Club, whose team was representative of the county.
After the death of Richmond in 1751, Sussex cricket declined until the emergence of the Brighton club at its Prince of Wales Ground in 1790. This club sustained cricket in Sussex through the Napoleonic Wars and, as a result, the county team was very strong in the 1820s when it included the great bowlers Jem Broadbridge and William Lillywhite.
For information about Sussex county teams before the formation of Sussex CCC, see : Sussex county cricket teams
On 17 June 1836, the Sussex Cricket Fund was set up to support county matches, after a meeting in Brighton. This led directly to the formation on 1 March 1839 of Sussex County Cricket Club, England's oldest county club. Sussex CCC played its initial first-class match versus Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord's on 10 & 11 June 1839.
The Sussex crest depicts a mythological, footless bird called the Martlet, and is similar to Coat of arms of Sussex. Capped players have six martlets on their sweaters, and the crest with gold trimming on their caps; uncapped players instead have only the club crest on their left breast, and white trimming on their caps.
In total, Sussex CCC have played at 17 grounds, 4 of which have been in Brighton and Hove. The first County match was played at Eaton Road on 6 June 1872 against Gloucestershire.Currently, the main venue for the Club's First and Second XI is The County Ground in Hove, although matches are also played regularly at the grounds at Arundel and Horsham. Other grounds for first class matches have included Sheffield Park, Chichester, Worthing, Eastbourne and Hastings.
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|6||Harry Finch||10 February 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|10|| Luke Wright* ||7 March 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||T20 captain; List A & T20 only|
|20||Tom Haines||28 October 1998||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|28||Phil Salt||28 August 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|31||Luke Wells*||29 December 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|32||Laurie Evans||12 October 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|74|| Stiaan van Zyl* ||19 September 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Kolpak registration|
|—||Tom Clark||2 July 2001||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|—|| Travis Head ||29 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player|
|8|| Chris Jordan* ||4 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|9|| Delray Rawlins ||14 September 1997||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|22|| Jofra Archer* ||1 April 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||England Test & white-ball contract|
|24||Aaron Thomason||26 June 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|96|| David Wiese* ||18 May 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Kolpak registration|
|—|| Ravi Bopara ||4 May 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|26||Ben Brown*||23 November 1988||Right-handed||—||Club captain|
|1|| Rashid Khan ||20 September 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|7|| Tymal Mills ||12 August 1992||Right-handed||Left-arm fast||T20 only|
|15||George Garton||15 April 1997||Left-handed||Left-arm fast|
|18||Will Beer||8 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|21|| Danny Briggs ||30 April 1991||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|25||Ollie Robinson*||1 December 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|29||Will Sheffield||13 October 1999||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|—||Mitch Claydon||25 November 1982||Left-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|—|| Stuart Meaker ||21 January 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Source: Updated: 1 April 2019|
This list includes those Sussex players who have played in Test cricket since 1877, One Day International cricket since 1971, or have made an outstanding contribution (e.g.: scoring most runs or taking most wickets in a season).
Most first-class runs for Sussex
Most first-class wickets for Sussex
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