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CB40 PREVIEW: Sharks are the side to beat

22-Jul-2012

Former England captain Alec Stewart believes Sussex are the side to beat in this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 as they go into their clash with Northamptonshire tomorrow aiming to maintain their unbeaten start.

The Sharks flew out of the blocks with three successive wins at the end of May and, although they have been unable to obtain a positive result in their last four outings due to the weather, they sit in a commanding position at the summit of Group C.

Stewart, who featured in 133 Tests for England, now holds an executive director role with current CB40 holders Surrey and considers Sussex the biggest threat to the reigning champions.

“They’re a very impressive county,” he told ecb.co.uk. “Mark Robinson does an exceptionally good job as cricket manager/coach down there, he’s got a good set-up. Mike Yardy is leading the troops very well and they are the side to beat.

“They’ve set the example, it’s for everyone else to try and catch them in their group.”

In contrasting fortune to Sussex’s bright start, the Steelbacks prop up the Group C table having failed to win a single game thus far. Coach David Ripley has elected to rest the quartet of Jack Brooks, Andrew Hall, Chaminda Vaas and Stephen Peters for the trip to Arundel.

To see the interview, courtesy of the ECB Website, please click HERE

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