Sussex County Cricket Club

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Sussex County Cricket Club
One-day name: Sussex Sharks
Captain: Ed Joyce
Coach: Mark Robinson
Overseas player(s): Steve Magoffin
Founded: 1839
Home ground: County Cricket Ground, Hove
Capacity: 7000
First-class debut: MCC
in 1839
at Lord's
Championship wins: 3
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 the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Sussex. The club was founded as a successor to Brighton Cricket Club which was a representative of the county of Sussex as a whole. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club colours are traditionally blue and white and the shirt sponsors are Palmer and Harvey for all LV County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches and Jointing Technologies for NatWest Blast T20 matches. As England's oldest county club, it is the world's oldest club currently playing the highest level of domestic first class cricket. The club's home ground is the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex also play matches around the county at out grounds Arundel, Eastbourne and Horsham.

Sussex won its first ever official County Championship title in 2003 after a wait of 164 years, 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, in which Sussex outplayed their hosts by an innings and 245 runs.[1] 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,[2] 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.[3] 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 field against Derbyshire at Hove on 24 April 2005

First XI honours[edit]

  • County Championship (3) – 2003, 2006, 2007
Division Two (2) – 2001, 2010
  • Friends Provident Trophy[4] (5) – 1963, 1964, 1978, 1986, 2006
  • Pro40 National League[5] (3) – 1982, 2008, 2009
Division Two (2) – 1999, 2005
  • Twenty20 Cup (1) – 2009

Second XI honours[edit]

  • Second XI Championship (3) – 1978, 1990, 2007
  • Second XI Trophy (1) – 2005

Earliest cricket[edit]

The Arthur Gilligan stand at Hove

Sussex, along with Kent, is believed to be the birthplace of cricket. It is widely held that cricket was invented by children living on the Weald in 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 it has been classified as the earliest known significant match in cricket history.[6]

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[edit]

The Pavilion at Hove

Although Sussex had been a major cricket centre 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 on 1 March 1839.

Sussex CCC played its initial first-class match versus MCC at Lord's on 10 & 11 June 1839. Sussex CCC is therefore England's oldest county cricket club.

Sussex crest[edit]

The Sussex crest - similar to the Country Shield of Sussex - depicts the mythological bird the Martlet, notable for having no feet. Capped players have six martlets on their sweaters whilst non-capped players have just the club crest on the left breast. When it comes to caps the capped players have a crest with gold trimming whilst non-capped have white trimming.

Sussex grounds[edit]

Exit of the County Ground at Hove

The Club has used four cricket grounds in Brighton & Hove – matches were played on a ground donated by the then Prince Of Wales and the ground was fittingly called The Prince of Wales Ground (where Park Crescent now lies), Temple Fields (where Montpelier Crescent now lies), Royal Brunswick Ground (where Third and Fourth Avenues are situated) and finally in 1871 the ground in Eaton Road was acquired from the Trustees of the Stanford Estate. Turf from the Royal Brunswick Grounds was transferred and re-laid on the square.

The first County match was played at Eaton Road on 6 June 1872 against Gloucestershire. As well as the County Ground, Hove, the Club's First and Second XI regularly play around the county, the grounds at Arundel and Horsham playing host to First XI fixtures. Sussex have also played first class matches at grounds in Sheffield Park, Chichester, Worthing, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Current squad[edit]

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
  •   *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
12 Craig Cachopa  New Zealand (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 22) Right-handed EU passport
15 Matt Machan double-dagger  Scotland (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 23) Left-handed Right arm off break
23 Chris Nash*  England (1983-05-19) 19 May 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off break Vice-captain
24 Ed Joyce double-dagger  Ireland (1978-09-22) 22 September 1978 (age 36) Left-handed Right arm medium Club captain
27 Rory Hamilton-Brown  England (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
31 Luke Wells  England (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm off break
1 Ashar Zaidi  Pakistan (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 33) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox UK passport
6 Harry Finch  England (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
8 Chris Jordandouble-dagger  England (1988-10-04) 4 October 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
10 Luke Wrightdouble-dagger  England (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
14 Fynn Hudson-Prentice  England (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
20 Michael Yardydouble-dagger  England (1980-11-27) 27 November 1980 (age 34) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
21 Steffan Piolet  England (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium
13 Matt Priordouble-dagger  England (1982-02-26) 26 February 1982 (age 32) Right-handed
16 Callum Jackson  England (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 20) Right-handed
26 Ben Brown*  England (1988-11-23) 23 November 1988 (age 26) Right-handed
5 Lewis Hatchett  England (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 (age 25) Left-handed Left arm medium-fast
11 Chris Liddle  England (1984-02-01) 1 February 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Left arm fast-medium
18 William Beer  England (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm leg break
19 Matt Hobden  England (1993-03-27) 27 March 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
30 James Anyon*  England (1983-05-05) 5 May 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium
64 Steve Magoffin*  Australia (1979-12-17) 17 December 1979 (age 35) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium Overseas player
Tymal Mills  England (1992-08-12) 12 August 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Left arm fast
Ajmal Shahzad  England (1985-07-27) 27 July 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium

Noted Sussex players[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Sussex CCC players.

This list includes those Sussex players who have played in Test cricket since 1877 and other players who made outstanding contributions (e.g., scoring most runs or taking most wickets in a season).

England England

Australia Australia

New Zealand New Zealand

South Africa South Africa

West Indies West Indies Cricket Board

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Pakistan Pakistan

India India

Netherlands Netherlands

Sussex Women[edit]

Sussex Women have produced many England capped players. These include:

Sussex Women won the County Championship in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.



  • Highest Total For – 742/5d v Somerset at Taunton (2009)
  • Highest Total Against – 726 by Nottinghamshire at Nottingham (1895)
  • Lowest Total For – 19 v Surrey at Godalming (1830)
  • Lowest Total Against – 18 by Kent at Gravesend (1867)


  • Highest Score – 344* MW Goodwin v Somerset at Taunton (2009)
  • Most Runs in Season – 2850 JG Langridge (1949)
  • Most Runs in Career – 34152 JG Langridge (1928–1955)

Highest partnership for each wicket[edit]

  • 1st – 490 EH Bowley and JG Langridge v Middlesex at Hove (1933)
  • 2nd – 385 EH Bowley and MW Tate v Northamptonshire at Hove (1921)
  • 3rd – 385* MH Yardy and MW Goodwin v Warwickshire at Hove (2006)
  • 4th – 363 MW Goodwin and C Hopkinson v Somerset at Taunton (2009)
  • 5th – 297 JH Parks and HW Parks v Hampshire at Portsmouth (1937)
  • 6th – 335 LJ Wright and BC Brown v Durham at Hove (2014)
  • 7th – 344 KS Ranjitsinhji and W Newham v Essex at Leyton (1902)
  • 8th – 291 RSC Martin–Jenkins and MJG Davis v Somerset at Taunton (2002)
  • 9th – 178 HW Parks and AF Wensley v Derbyshire at Horsham (1930)
  • 10th – 156 GR Cox and HR Butt v Cambridge University at Cambridge (1908)


  • Best Bowling – 10–48 CHG Bland v Kent at Tonbridge (1899)
  • Best Match Bowling – 17–106 GR Cox v Warwickshire at Horsham (1926)
  • Wickets in Season – 198 MW Tate (1925)
  • Wickets in Career – 2211 MW Tate (1912–1937)


  1. ^ BBC Sport article
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  4. ^ Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006)
  5. ^ Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998)
  6. ^ Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825

Further reading[edit]

  • Timothy J McCann, Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century, Sussex Record Society, 2004
  • Playfair Cricket Annual : various issues
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack (annual): various issues

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