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.
|Sussex County Cricket Club|
|One Day name||Sussex Sharks|
|Captain||Ben Brown (First-Class & List A) |
Luke Wright (T20)
|Overseas player(s)||Mir Hamza |
Rashid Khan (T20)
Alex Carey (T20)
|Home ground||County Cricket Ground, Hove|
|National League/Pro40 wins||3|
|FP Trophy wins||5|
|Twenty20 Cup wins||1|
|NatWest Pro40 wins||1|
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||England||10 February 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|9||Delray Rawlins||Bermuda||14 September 1997||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|10||Luke Wright*||England||7 March 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||T20 captain |
List A & T20 only
|20||Tom Haines||England||28 October 1998||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|28||Phil Salt||England||28 August 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|31||Luke Wells*||England||29 December 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|32||Laurie Evans||England||12 October 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|74||Stiaan van Zyl*||South Africa||19 September 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Kolpak registration|
|—||Aneesh Kapil||England||3 August 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|8||Chris Jordan*||England||4 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|22||Jofra Archer*||England||1 April 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|24||Aaron Thomason||England||26 June 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|96||David Wiese*||South Africa||18 May 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Kolpak registration|
|5||Michael Burgess||England||8 July 1994||Right-handed||—||On loan at Warwickshire|
|26||Ben Brown*||England||23 November 1988||Right-handed||—||Club captain|
|—||Alex Carey||Australia||27 August 1991||Left-handed||—||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|1||Rashid Khan||Afghanistan||20 September 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|2||Reece Topley||England||21 February 1994||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|7||Tymal Mills||England||12 August 1992||Right-handed||Left-arm fast||T20 only|
|11||Abidine Sakande||England||22 September 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|15||George Garton||England||15 April 1997||Left-handed||Left-arm fast|
|18||Will Beer||England||8 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|21||Danny Briggs||England||30 April 1991||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|25||Ollie Robinson||England||1 December 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|29||Will Sheffield||England||13 October 1999||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|92||Mir Hamza||Pakistan||10 September 1992||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||Overseas player|
|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
1836 was the 50th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The first real move took place towards the establishment of a county club. Although Sussex had been a major centre of cricket since the 17th century, there had apparently been no move towards a permanent county organisation until 17 June 1836 when a meeting in Brighton set up a Sussex Cricket Fund to support county matches. It was from this organisation that Sussex County Cricket Club was formally constituted in 1839.
The inaugural North v South fixture between the North of England and South of England cricket teams was held at Lord's on 11 & 12 July. The North won by 6 wickets.1839 English cricket season
1839 was the 53rd season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Sussex County Cricket Club was formally established as the first county cricket club and replaced the ad hoc county elevens representing the traditional county of Sussex in top-class cricket.1982 John Player League
The 1982 John Player League was the fourteenth competing of what was generally known as the Sunday League. The competition was won for the first time by Sussex County Cricket Club.Brighton Cricket Club
Brighton Cricket Club was based at Brighton, Sussex and was briefly a top-class team, playing seven matches between 1791 and 1814 which have been given first-class cricket status. It is often seen as being representative of Sussex as a county.Cricket in Sussex saw a revival during the Regency period that coincided with the rise of Brighton as a fashionable resort. The club had been founded by 1790 when it was recorded playing in four minor matches against other town clubs. In 1791, the Prince of Wales Ground became a first-class venue when Sussex played Middlesex.
Brighton played at the Prince of Wales Ground initially. As the towns of Brighton and Hove developed, the land was sold a few years later and the cricket club moved to a new site in Brighton at Temple Fields, which was where Montpelier Crescent is now. From July 1814, the club occupied the Royal New Ground (also known as Thomas Box's Ground), another Brighton venue, which was used for 49 major matches until September 1847 and was the county ground of Sussex CCC in its early years.The Brighton club was often representative of Sussex as a county and it ultimately became one of the main interests in the formation of Sussex County Cricket Club in 1839.
Brighton and Hove Cricket Club maintained close connections to Brighton Cricket Club prior to the later becoming Sussex County Cricket Club.
During the 1970s and 1980s up to the present day a number of cricket professionals having played for Brighton and Hove have gone on to play for Sussex, Middlesex, Surrey and other counties and countries most notably England, Pakistan and South Africa.
The brothers Wells Colin and Alan played for Brighton and Hove Cricket Club before Alan represented England against the West Indies and Colin (Sussex), also brothers Willows Alan represented Sussex and Roly Middlesex during the 1970s and 1980s both played for Brighton and Hove along with Tony Graig (England) and Kepler Wessells (Australia and South Africa)along with Andy Dindar (Middlesex) this trend continues to this day with Sussex and other county players representing Brighton and Hove Cricket Club.County Cricket Ground, Hove
The County Cricket Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as 1st Central County Ground, is a cricket venue in Hove, East Sussex, England. The County Ground is the home of Sussex County Cricket Club, where most Sussex home matches since 1872 have been played, although many other grounds in Sussex have been used. Sussex CCC continue to play some of their games away from The County Ground, at either Arundel Castle and Horsham. It is one of the few county grounds to have deckchairs for spectators, in the Sussex CCC colours of blue and white, and was the first cricket ground to install permanent floodlights, for Day/night cricket matches (and the second ground after Edgbaston) to host a day/night match in England, in 1997.Harry Finch (cricketer)
Harry Zacariah Finch (born 10 February 1995) is an English cricketer who plays for Sussex County Cricket Club and was playing for Yarraville Cricket Club during the Australian summer. He is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium-fast. He made his List A debut for Sussex against Netherlands on 20 May 2013.Jofra Archer
Jofra Chioke Archer (born 1 April 1995) is a Barbadian-born English cricketer who plays for Sussex County Cricket Club. In April 2019, Archer was selected to play for the England cricket team in limited overs fixtures against Ireland and Pakistan. Archer made his international debut for England in May 2019, and was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup.John Barclay (cricketer)
John Robert Troutbeck Barclay DL (born 22 January 1954) was an English- Hong Kong cricketer, who played internationally once for Hong Kong.
John Barclay was born in Bonn, Germany. He was educated at Eton and was an acclaimed schoolboy cricketer. He was honoured by The Cricket Society and he made his first-class debut for Sussex, while still at school in 1970.
He was an opening batsman who never got quite as many runs as he should have, though having an excellent technique and eye. He also bowled off-spin, dismissing Ian Botham and Viv Richards several times. He succeeded Arnold Long as the County Captain of Sussex County Cricket Club in 1981 and led the team to second place in the County Championship. He was rated as one of the best county captains around and he was tipped for the Test captaincy. He was forced to retire in 1986, due to a finger injury.
After his playing career ended he became the Director of Cricket at the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club, which he continues to this day, in tandem with the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. He has been a successful tour manager, as he took the England Under-19's, the England A's and also managed the England team for two tours. He briefly returned to management recently with the blind team, but he is now working for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and running a charity, the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation for young cricketers and underprivileged children in Arundel, West Sussex. He holds a number of posts, such as President of the Cricket Society and the English Schools Cricket Association, Chairman of the Sussex Cricket Board and Chairman of Cricket for Sussex County Cricket Club. He served as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club for 2009-10. He is also a Governor of Dorset House School, Bury, West Sussex. He is currently President of The Forty Club.List of Sussex County Cricket Club grounds
Sussex County Cricket Club is one of the 18 member clubs of the English County Championship, representing the historic county of Sussex. Although Sussex representative sides had been playing cricket since the mid-eighteenth century and had also played first-class cricket matches since 1815, the County Cricket Club was established on 1 March 1839. They have played first-class matches since 1839, List A matches since 1963, and Twenty20 matches since 2003.Unlike most professional sports, in which a team usually has a single fixed home ground, county cricket clubs have traditionally used different grounds in various towns and cities within the county for home matches, although the use of minor "out grounds" away from the club's main headquarters has diminished since the 1980s. In total, Sussex have played first-class, List A and Twenty20 cricket at 17 different grounds across the county.
The club's first fixture was played at the Royal New Ground, Brighton. The ground was Sussex's main ground until 1848, when the Royal Brunswick Ground in Brunswick, Hove became the main ground. In 1872, the land of the Royal Brunswick Ground was required for the expansion of the town, so the club relocated to the County Ground, which continues to be the main ground for Sussex Cricket Club. The County Ground was the venue where Sussex claimed the 2003 and 2007 County Championships. It is also the only ground in Sussex to have hosted international cricket; in the 1999 World Cup, a One Day International between India and South Africa was played at the ground.In 1849, the club used a venue outside Brighton for the first time, when they played a first-class match at Petworth Park New Ground; the match against Surrey is notable for being one of Sussex's lowest aggregate scoring matches of all time, with only 287 runs scored. It was also the only time that Petworth Park hosted a Sussex match. Sussex have frequently used out grounds to host some of their matches, typically as part of cricket festivals. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, their main out grounds were the Central Recreation Ground in Hastings, The Saffrons in Eastbourne, the Cricket Field Road Ground in Horsham, and the Arundel Castle Cricket Ground (from 1972). After the Central Recreation Ground was demolished in 1996, Sussex also played two List A matches at Horntye Park, Hastings' other cricket ground. Eastbourne cancelled its proposed fixture in 2001 and did not host another county match until 2017, whilst Horsham was not awarded any matches for the 2016 season, due to financial difficulties. The County Ground and Arundel Castle are the only two grounds to have hosted Sussex Twenty20 matches, and were also the only two grounds which host Sussex matches in the 2016 season.List of Sussex County Cricket Club players
This is a list in alphabetical order of cricketers who have played for Sussex County Cricket Club in top-class matches since it was founded in 1839. Like the Sussex county teams formed by earlier organisations, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, the county club is classified as an important team by substantial sources to 1894; classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the County Championship clubs; classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963; and classified as a first-class Twenty20 team since the inauguration of the Twenty20 Cup in 2003.The details are the player's usual name followed by the years in which he was active as a Sussex player and then his name is given as it usually appears on match scorecards. Note that many players represented other top-class teams besides Sussex. Current players are shown as active to the latest season in which they played for the club.The list excludes Second XI and other players who did not play for the club's first team; and players whose first team appearances were in minor matches only. Players who represented the county before 1839 are included if they also played for the county club but excluded if not. All players known to have represented the county before the formation of the county club are included in List of Sussex county cricketers to 1839.List of Sussex cricket captains
Sussex has been a prominent cricket county since the 17th century and teams representing the county have generally been regarded as important or first-class. The earliest known move towards a permanent county organisation happened 17 June 1836 when a meeting in Brighton established a Sussex Cricket Fund to support county matches. It was from this organisation that Sussex County Cricket Club was formally constituted on 1 March 1839. The club played its initial first-class match against Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's on 10 & 11 June 1839. Sussex CCC is England's oldest county club, one of eighteen that play in the County Championship at first-class level. The player appointed club captain leads the team in all fixtures, except if unavailable, and the following have held the post since formation of the county club in 1839.Michael Burgess (cricketer)
Michael Gregory Kerran Burgess (born 8 July 1994) is an English cricketer who plays for Warwickshire County Cricket Club on loan from Sussex County Cricket Club. A wicketkeeper batsman, Burgess came through the Surrey Academy, making a total of 31 appearances at 2nd XI level between 2011 and 2013.
He was educated at Homefield Preparatory and Cranleigh Schools in Surrey, and at Loughborough University, where he obtained an Upper Second Class honours BSc in Sports and Exercise Science.Burgess made his first-class cricket debut for Loughborough MCCU against Sussex at Hove. In April 2015 in a non first-class game Burgess scored 116 against a Kent attack including first XI players Matt Coles and Adam Riley. Later than year he made his List A cricket debut for Leicestershire vs. Northamptonshire, in his second list A match he was again run out on 49 vs. Gloucestershire. In May 2016 Burgess scored 98 against the touring Sri Lankans in a first-class match.
He was released by Leicestershire at the end of the 2016 season, joining Sussex County Cricket Club on a non contract basis in March 2017. A series of good performances with bat and gloves in both red and white ball formats led to the award of a one-year contract in August of that year. This was promptly extended for a further year after he hit a career best first-class score of 146 versus Nottinghamshire in the final County Championship match of the season at Hove.
In addition to Sussex County Cricket Club, Burgess plays club cricket for Reigate Priory in the ECB Premier Division of the Surrey Championships and for Adelaide University in the South Australian Cricket Association.Sri Lankan cricket team in England in 1979
The Sri Lankan cricket team toured England from May to July during the 1979 English domestic cricket season. The team spent most of its time in England, but also played in one match in Ireland and one in Scotland.
Sri Lanka, captained by Anura Tennekoon, played 10 matches on the tour, but only won once, against Oxford University Cricket Club in two days. Apart from losses to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club over 3 days and Leicestershire County Cricket Club in a 55-overs one-day match, all of the other matches were drawn.
Sti Lanka played 3-day matches against 6 county cricket teams - Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Kent County Cricket Club, Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Sussex County Cricket Club; Nottinghamshire won by 10 wickets, and all of the other matches were drawn. Sri Lanka also played a 55-over one-day match against Leicestershire County Cricket Club, which Leicestershire won by 4 wickets; a 2-day match against Oxford University, which Sri Lanka won by an innings and 86 runs; and 3-day international matches against Ireland in Eglinton and against Scotland in Glasgow, both drawn.Stiaan van Zyl
Stiaan van Zyl (born 19 September 1987) is a South African cricketer who plays for Sussex County Cricket Club as a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace.Previously, he represented his national side before ending his career by signing Kolpak deal. He made his debut for Boland in the SAA Provincial Challenge against Kei. He usually opened in limited overs games when Graeme Smith or Robin Peterson were absent.
He made his Test match debut for South Africa against the West Indies on 17 December 2014 at SuperSport Park in Centurion, scoring a century. He became the 100th batsman to score a century on debut in Test cricket.Sussex Cricket Board
The Sussex Cricket Board is the former governing body for all recreational cricket in the historic county of Sussex. On 1 November 2015, the Sussex Cricket Board (SCB) merged with Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC) to form a single governing body for cricket in Sussex, called Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL).From 1999 to 2003 the Board fielded a team in the English domestic one-day tournament, matches which had List-A status.Sussex by the Sea
"Sussex by the Sea" (also known as "A Horse Galloping") is a patriotic song written in 1907 by William Ward-Higgs, often considered to be the unofficial county anthem of Sussex. It became well known throughout Sussex and is regularly sung at celebrations throughout the county. It can be heard during many sporting events in the county, during the Sussex bonfire celebrations and it is played by marching bands and Morris dancers across Sussex. It is the adopted song of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and Sussex County Cricket Club.Sussex county cricket teams
Sussex county cricket teams have been traced back to the early 18th century but the county's involvement in cricket dates from much earlier times as it is widely believed, jointly with Kent and Surrey, to be the sport's birthplace. The most widely accepted theory about the origin of cricket is that it first developed in early medieval times, as a children's game, in the geographical areas of the North Downs, the South Downs and the Weald.The Saffrons
The Saffrons is a multi-purpose sports ground in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The ground is home to Eastbourne Cricket Club, Eastbourne Town Football Club, Eastbourne Hockey Club and Compton Croquet Club. There is also a sand dressed astroturf pitch.
The sports ground is located on the edge of Eastbourne town centre, next to the town hall and is in easy reach of local transport links. The ground was first used in 1884. Sussex County Cricket Club played some of their matches there between 1896 and 2000, and recently from 2017.
The complex has:
A football pitch.
Two cricket pitches, one of which is names Larkins field.
An Astroturf Hockey pitch.
A Croquet lawn.
Sports bar and changing facilities.Will Beer
William Andrew Thomas Beer (born 8 October 1988) is an English cricketer. Primarily a leg break bowler, he currently plays for Sussex County Cricket Club and Horsham. He mainly plays one day cricket.
Promoted from Sussex's youth academy at the end of 2007, Beer made his first-class debut in the season's opening game against Marylebone Cricket Club. Bowling five overs, Beer took one wicket in the MCC's only innings of the match, that of Surrey's Arun Harinath. He also made four appearances in the 2008 Twenty20 Cup, where he took three wickets.
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