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PREVIEW: Sussex head to Worcester for red-ball interlude

05-Aug-2017

After two wins on successive evenings, Sussex pause their NatWest T20 Blast campaign for a Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Worcestershire at New Road, beginning on Sunday (6th August, 11am start).

It’s been almost a month since the side’s previous red-ball outing – a 231-run mauling of Leicestershire at the Rathbones Arundel Festival of Cricket – but Sussex go into Sunday’s fixture unbeaten in four.

That run began back at the start of June when Worcestershire were the visitors to The 1st Central County Ground, Hove and a dominant Sussex side romped to a innings victory. 

Luke Wells scored a masterful 155 which, alongside fifties for Harry Finch, Stiaan van Zyl, Luke Wright and David Wiese, set Sussex up for a first innings score of 579/8 declared.

The bowling unit then did their job, first forcing the follow on and then ensuring that Sussex only needed to bat once to secure the win.

Wins home and away against Leicestershire and a draw with Gloucestershire then took Sussex up to the start of the Blast in fifth position in Division Two and well-placed for a promotion push in the second half of the season.

A few weeks on and it is no surprise that the players are looking forward to pulling on the whites once more, as Head Coach, Mark Davis explains: “The team is excited and looking forward to getting back into Championship action against Worcestershire on Sunday.

“Our recent form in four day cricket has been outstanding and we will be striving to continue this success.

“The division is very tight at the moment and a positive result against Worcestershire will put us in a great position for the remainder of the campaign.”

Davis has announced a 15-man squad for the trip to Worcester.

Squad:

Ben Brown (captain)

Chris Jordan

Will Beer

Danny Briggs

George Garton

Jofra Archer

Harry Finch

Angus Robson

David Wiese

Stiaan van Zyl

Chris Nash

Laurie Evans

Stuart Whittingham

Ollie Robinson

Luke Wells

Worcestershire are well-placed in second place in Division Two, but Sussex will take further confidence into Sunday’s match thanks to an excellent recent record against their hosts. Sussex have won five and drawn two of the sides’ last seven meetings in the Championship.


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