Sussex cricket supporters first caught sight of Tony Greig in May 1967 when they hosted Lancashire at The County Ground, Hove in their first Championship game of the season – and he was quick to make an impression.
At 6ft 7in and with a mop of fair hair, the South African-born all-rounder wasn’t hard to spot! Soon he was laying waste to a Lancashire attack led by one of England’s great post-war quick bowlers, Brian Statham.
In his first county game Greig scored 156 runs, reaching his hundred in three hours and hitting 22 fours.
The game ended in a rain-ruined draw but Greig had made his mark. He went on to play 209 games for Sussex over the next 11 seasons, scoring 9,528 runs and taking 509 wickets. He captained both his county and his country, and in 1977 he became only the second England cricket captain to win a Test series in India.
A year later Greig had joined up with Australian media mogul Kerry Packer to form the controversial World Series Cricket and Sussex terminated his contract.
Tony Greig visited Hove last year, shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer and everyone at the club welcomed him warmly. He died on December 29 2012, aged 66 and will go down as one of the greats of Sussex cricket history.