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PREVIEW: Sussex head to Grace Road in latest Championship encounter

08-Jun-2017

Sussex are hoping to continue their rise upwards in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two table, as they head to Grace Road to take on Leicestershire tomorrow (11.00am start).

On the back of sealing victory over Worcestershire on Monday, Sussex lie fifth in the table and are aiming for their third win in four games in the four-day format.

Luke Wells posted another score of over 150 during Sussex’s big first-innings total of 579 for 8 declared, whilst Luke Wright (87), Harry Finch (82), David Wiese (66) and Stiaan van Zyl (54) all hit half-centuries. Wells’ 155 followed his career-best 258 against Durham in the previous game at The 1st Central County Ground.

Six wickets in the match for Vernon Philander, five for Jofra Archer and four for David Wiese helped Sussex bowl Worcestershire out twice to win by an innings and seven runs.

Sussex are unbeaten in their last six matches against Leicestershire, and have claimed wins in each of their last three away games against the Foxes.

Chris Nash will continue to captain the side but there are a number of injuries still hindering selection. Steve Magoffin, who began the game against Worcestershire but suffered an Achilles injury during the visitors’ first innings, is now ruled out for six to eight weeks and as well as this game, will miss the floodlit Championship match with Gloucestershire, and the return match with Leicestershire at Arundel Castle.

Ben Brown remains sidelined with a broken finger and whilst Laurie Evans, Matt Machan and Ollie Robinson are all making good progress from their respective injuries, they are not yet fit enough to be included in the squad.

Left-arm seamer George Garton, who has been in action for the England Lions, replaces Magoffin in the squad whilst all-rounder Delray Rawlins is also included. Philander, who took match figures of 6 for 102 in the last match, plays the final game of his overseas stint.

The Sussex squad is as follows:

Jofra Archer
Danny Briggs
Michael Burgess (wkt)
Harry Finch
George Garton
Chris Jordan
Chris Nash (c)
Vernon Philander
Delray Rawlins
Stiaan van Zyl
Luke Wells
David Wiese
Luke Wright

BBC Sussex are covering the game LIVE from Grace Road and to access the feed, please click HERE

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