Sussex County Cricket Club 175 years not out!
Our wonderful county cricket club is celebrating its 175th birthday this year. Sussex CCC is the oldest county cricket club, playing its maiden first-class cricket match at Lords on the 10th and 11th June 1839, losing to the MCC by four runs.
Formed to represent the whole of the county, but originally called the Brighton Cricket Club; the name was sensibly changed to Sussex in 1839.
We had to wait 164 years before we won our first major trophy, but we finally claimed the County Championship for the first time in 2003. We repeated the feat in 2006 and 2007, and also won limited overs Championships in 1963, 1964, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2006, 2008, and 2009, and the T20 Tournament in 2009.
The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground at Hove has been the Club’s main venue since 1872, although we have played in the past at Eastbourne and Hastings. These days, we only use Arundel and Horsham as outgrounds.
Plenty of famous players have made their name at Sussex: George Cox Sr, the Langridge brothers, “Lord” Ted Dexter, John Snow, Maurice Tate, Ken Suttle, Jim Parks and his father, and Tony Greig among them.
To celebrate the amazing achievement of reaching 175 years, we’re holding a host of events throughout the year; including schools’ cricket competitions, a member’s lunch, and a celebration dinner in August.
We’re also producing a beautiful celebratory book, limited to 175 numbered copies. A smaller, pamphlet version will also be published later this year.
Our official birthday will be on the 1st June, which is the first day of the LVCC game against Nottinghamshire. We will be making a special effort on that day to involve the whole Sussex Cricket Family.
After all, we won’t be 175 again!
It’s not been that long since my last blog, but there has been plenty going on here in Australia.
When I last wrote, back in November, I was looking forward to being an English cricketer here during a successful Ashes series. After the morning of the first test in Brisbane all was going to plan, and I was happy to remind the Aussies I knew that we had won 3-0 in England last summer. As we all know, things changed dramatically after that first morning and the Aussies have not been shy in letting me know at every opportunity! However, the great thing about the Ashes rivalry is that it’s all done in fantastic spirit.
Away from the Ashes, apart from playing cricket and training hard, I have managed to fit plenty of things into my free time. This has included going to the Randwick races with Luke Wells, who is also out here playing Grade Cricket. I have been white water rafting, hiking in the Blue Mountains, squid fishing off Port Stephens, exploring beach caves near Newcastle and enjoying the miles of sandy beaches in New South Wales. I was lucky enough to have my family visit me over the holidays. We spent Christmas day on the beach, saw in the New Year watching the fireworks over Sydney Harbour, and spent a day at the Sydney test match.
The 1st Grade cricket season here in Newcastle has been on a 3 week Christmas break, and is due to start again this weekend. I am really looking forward to playing again, as I start my build up to the season back home. My side, Charlestown, sit 2nd in the league and although I won’t be here for the end of their season I hope to help them be in a position to push for the title. Personally I was scoring runs before the winter break and I hope that continues when we start again.
Wishing all the supporters, players and staff at Sussex CCC a happy and successful new year, and I look forward to seeing you again in March.