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MATTHEW HOBDEN: Memorial Ceremony on Sunday


Sussex Cricket has announced that before play on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match with Essex on Sunday 17th April, there will be a short ceremony taking place at The 1st Central County Ground to celebrate the life of Matthew Hobden.

A tree will be planted in Matthew’s memory on the grassed area at the Sea End of the ground, in front of the Club Shop and Reception.

All supporters are invited to attend the ceremony and join players and staff when the ceremony begins at 10.20am. Reverend Kate Lawson of All Saint's Church, Hove and Zac Toumazi, Chief Executive Sussex Cricket, will address those present, before Matthew’s family plant the tree. Baritone Nick Gee will then sing ‘Sussex by the Sea’ before the ceremony ends.

Players and support staff from both teams will line-up on the pitch at 10.55am for a minute’s silence.

Sussex’s players will, for the opening day of the match, all be wearing shirts named and numbered with ‘Hobden – 19’ in honour of Matthew.

Supporters are reminded that the Brighton Marathon takes place in the city on Sunday morning, and are asked to allow extra time for their journey. Gates open at 9.30am at Hove.

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