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Sussex vs. Australia 1909

Sussex CCC v Australia

Throwback Thursday


When Sussex meet Australia at The County Ground next Friday (July 26) it will be 34th meeting between the county and the tourists.

The first match between the two sides took place in 1878 and ten years later Sussex gained one of only two wins in the fixture.

In a low-scoring game played on a wet wicket, Australia were twice bowled out for under 100 with scores of 68 and 88. Sussex bowler A.B. Hide took 8 for 44 and was presented with a silver cup for his efforts. Lucky man!

Sussex had to wait a further 84 years for their next victory over the Aussies in 1972.

The game will be remembered for the remarkable batting of Geoff Greenidge, one of the last white men to play for West Indies.

An opening batsman, Greenidge scored 99 in the first innings and then made an unbeaten 125 in the second as Sussex clinched victory by five wickets with 16 balls to spare.

Peter Graves also scored a century while Keith Stackpole made 100 before lunch on the final day for Australia whose declaration set Sussex 261 to win in three hours.

Their run chase was given momentum by Tony Greig, whose 36 in 18 balls included three sixes in an over off Australia's Jeff Hammond.

This year's fixture is likely to attract an aggregate attendance of nearly 20,000 and the matches which took place after the War sometimes drew daily crowds of over 15,000 to Hove. The visit by the 2009 Australians drew sell out crowds for the four day game and gate receipts reached nearly £200,000.

But the game hasn't always been big box office. In 1985 just 3,000 spectators paid to watch the three-day tour match.

So we're all primed and ready to welcome this year's Australians to Hove. How exciting, have you got your tickets yet? But remember, Sunday the 28th is the only day with tickets still left available…

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