Sussex County Cricket Club
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|Sussex County Cricket Club|
|One-day name:||Sussex Sharks|
|Overseas player(s):||Steve Magoffin|
|Home ground:||County Cricket Ground, Hove|
|National League/Pro40 wins:||3|
|FP Trophy wins:||5|
|Twenty20 Cup wins:||1|
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 sponsor is Farnrise Construction. 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. 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.
- 1 Honours
- 2 Earliest cricket
- 3 Origin of club
- 4 Sussex crest
- 5 Sussex grounds
- 6 Current squad
- 7 Noted Sussex players
- 8 Sussex Women
- 9 Records
- 10 Notes
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
First XI honours
- County Championship (3) – 2003, 2006, 2007
- Division Two (2) – 2001, 2010
- Friends Provident Trophy (5) – 1963, 1964, 1978, 1986, 2006
- Pro40 National League (3) – 1982, 2008, 2009
- Division Two (2) – 1999, 2005
- Twenty20 Cup (1) – 2009
Second XI honours
- Second XI Championship (3) – 1978, 1990, 2007
- Second XI Trophy (1) – 2005
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.
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
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.
The Sussex crest depicts the mythological bird the Martlet, famous 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.
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.
- No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
- denotes players with international caps.
- county cap. denotes a player who has been awarded a
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|15||Matt Machan||Scotland||15 February 1991||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|23||Chris Nash*||England||19 May 1983||Right-handed||Right arm off break||Vice-captain|
|24||Ed Joyce||Ireland||22 September 1978||Left-handed||Right arm medium||Club captain|
|27||Rory Hamilton-Brown||England||3 September 1987||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|31||Luke Wells||England||29 December 1990||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|8||Chris Jordan||England||4 October 1988||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|10||Luke Wright*||England||7 March 1985||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|12||Harry Finch||England||10 February 1995||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|20||Michael Yardy*||England||27 November 1980||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|–||Steffan Piolet||England||8 August 1988||Right-handed||Right arm medium|
|13||Matt Prior*||England||26 February 1982||Right-handed||—|
|16||Callum Jackson||England||7 September 1994||Right-handed||—|
|26||Ben Brown||England||23 November 1988||Right-handed||—|
|2||Amjad Khan||England||14 October 1980||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|5||Lewis Hatchett||England||21 January 1990||Left-handed||Left arm medium fast|
|11||Chris Liddle||England||1 February 1984||Right-handed||Left arm fast-medium|
|14||Michael Rippon||Netherlands||14 September 1991||Right-handed||Slow left-arm chinaman|
|18||William Beer||England||8 October 1988||Right-handed||Right arm leg break|
|19||Matt Hobden||England||27 March 1993||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|30||James Anyon*||England||5 May 1983||Left-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|64||Steve Magoffin*||Australia||17 December 1979||Left-handed||Right arm fast-medium||Overseas player|
|–||Jon Lewis||England||26 August 1975||Right-handed||Right arm medium|
Noted Sussex 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).
- Clare Connor (Captain of 2005 Ashes Winning Side)
- Caroline Atkins
- Rosalie Birch
- Holly Colvin
- Laura Marsh
- Sarah Taylor
Sussex Women won the County Championship in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.
Most first-class runs for Sussex
Most first-class wickets for Sussex
- 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
- 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 – 255 KS Duleepsinhji and MW Tate v Northamptonshire at Hove (1930)
- 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)
- BBC Sport article
- Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006)
- Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998)
- Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825
- Timothy J McCann, Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century, Sussex Record Society, 2004
- Playfair Cricket Annual : various issues
- Wisden Cricketers Almanack (annual): various issues