Sussex County Cricket Club

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Sussex County Cricket Club
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One Day nameSussex Sharks
Personnel
Captain Ben Brown (first-class & List A)
Luke Wright (T20)
Coach Jason Gillespie
Overseas player(s) Travis Head
Rashid Khan (T20)
Team information
Founded1839
Home ground County Cricket Ground, Hove
Capacity6,000
History
First-class debut MCC
in 1839
at  Lord's
Championship  wins3
National League/Pro40  wins3
FP Trophy  wins5
Twenty20 Cup  wins1
NatWest Pro40  wins1
Official website: sussexcricket.co.uk
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T20

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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. [1]

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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. [2] 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, [3] 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. [4] 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). [5]

Honours

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Sussex field against Derbyshire at Hove on 24 April 2005

First XI honours

Division Two (2) – 2001, 2010 [6]
Division Two (2) – 1999, 2005

Second XI honours

Notes

  1. Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006)
  2. Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998)

Earliest cricket

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The Arthur Gilligan stand at Hove

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. [11]

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. [12]

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

Origin of club

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The Pavilion at Hove

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. [11]

Sussex crest

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. [7]

Sussex grounds

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Exit of the County Ground at Hove

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. [7] 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. [7]

Current squad

No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
Batsmen
6 Harry Finch Flag of England.svg  England 10 February 1995 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm medium
10 Luke Wright* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 7 March 1985 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium T20 captain; List A & T20 only
20 Tom Haines Flag of England.svg  England 28 October 1998 (age 21)Left-handedRight-arm medium
28 Phil Salt Flag of England.svg  England 28 August 1996 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm medium
31 Luke Wells*Flag of England.svg  England 29 December 1990 (age 29)Left-handedRight-arm leg break
32 Laurie Evans Flag of England.svg  England 12 October 1987 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm medium
74 Stiaan van Zyl* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 19 September 1987 (age 32)Left-handedRight-arm medium Kolpak registration
Tom Clark Flag of England.svg  England 2 July 2001 (age 18)Left-handedRight-arm medium
Travis Head  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 29 December 1993 (age 26)Left-handedRight-arm off break Overseas player
All-rounders
8 Chris Jordan* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 4 October 1988 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
9 Delray Rawlins  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 14 September 1997 (age 22)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
22 Jofra Archer* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 1 April 1995 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast England Test & white-ball contract
24 Aaron Thomason Flag of England.svg  England 26 June 1997 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
96 David Wiese* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 18 May 1985 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Kolpak registration
Ravi Bopara  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 4 May 1985 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
26 Ben Brown*Flag of England.svg  England 23 November 1988 (age 31)Right-handed Club captain
Bowlers
1 Rashid Khan  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 20 September 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm leg break Overseas player (T20 only)
7 Tymal Mills  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 12 August 1992 (age 27)Right-handedLeft-arm fast T20 only
15 George Garton Flag of England.svg  England 15 April 1997 (age 22)Left-handedLeft-arm fast
18 Will Beer Flag of England.svg  England 8 October 1988 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
21 Danny Briggs  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 30 April 1991 (age 28)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
25 Ollie Robinson*Flag of England.svg  England 1 December 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
29Will SheffieldFlag of England.svg  England 13 October 1999 (age 20)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
Mitch Claydon Flag of England.svg  England 25 November 1982 (age 37)Left-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Stuart Meaker  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 21 January 1989 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Source: [13] Updated: 1 April 2019

Coaching staff

Notable Sussex players

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).

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Records

Team

Batting

Highest partnership for each wicket

Source: [24]

Bowling

Notes

  1. Mendis was eligible to play for either England or Sri Lanka, but did not represent either of them in international cricket.
  2. Joyce has previously played International Cricket for England.

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