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PREVIEW: Sussex look to continue promotion push at Northampton

04-Sep-2017

Sussex start their next Specsavers County Championship Division Two match on Tuesday (5th September) when they play Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

As with all September fixtures, play is scheduled to begin at 10.30am on each of the four days.

Sussex have named a 14-man squad for the trip, with Laurie Evans included, having made a century for the 2nd XI in the three-day friendly against Hampshire at Horsham last week.

Of the 14 that made the trip to Colwyn Bay ahead of the thrilling one-wicket win over Glamorgan, Harry Finch is omitted. 

Squad:
Ben Brown (captain)
Jofra Archer 
Will Beer
Danny Briggs
Laurie Evans
Chris Jordan
Chris Nash
Ollie Robinson
Angus Robson
Stiaan van Zyl
Luke Wells
Stuart Whittingham 
David Wiese
Luke Wright

The match is Sussex’s third successive away trip in the competition, following on from the victories at Colwyn Bay and against Worcestershire at the beginning of August.

Sussex have won five of their previous six Championship matches and are third in the Division Two table, nineteen points behind Worcestershire but with a game in hand.

Sitting in fifth position, Northamptonshire are one of Sussex’s main rivals for the second promotion spot. They are 21 points behind Sussex having lost their previous match against league leaders Nottinghamshire and drawn their two games prior to that.

Having missed the Nottinghamshire match with a finger injury, Ben Duckett is set to return for Northants this week. The hosts will also have Lancashire’s Luke Procter available to them after he joined on loan until the end of the season, but injuries are likely to exclude Adam Rossington and Ben Sanderson.

As was the case with Glamorgan last week, this will be Sussex’s only encounter with Northants in the Championship this season. 

Both meetings between the two sides last season ended in draws. Chris Nash made half-centuries in each innings of the match at Arundel.

Speaking ahead of the forthcoming fixture, Sussex’s Head Coach, Mark Davis said: “We travel to Northampton with the team in good form having won the last six of our eight Championship games.

“There is all to play for as the season goes into the final month. The boys are excited by the challenge ahead and will be leaving nothing behind in the last four games of the year”.

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