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PREVIEW: Sussex prepare for the Horsham Festival of Cricket


Sussex return to home action in Division One of the LV=County Championship this week as they welcome Somerset to the Horsham Sports Club, in a match that begins tomorrow (11.00am start).

The game forms part of the annual Horsham Festival of Cricket, which begins with the LV=CC clash and culminates with the Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Kent Spitfires on Sunday.

Sussex are nicely placed in the Division One table, lying only 15 points off the summit with a game in hand over the three sides above them. In last week’s game at Derbyshire where Sussex triumphed by nine wickets, Michael Yardy (153) and Chris Jordan (92) led with the bat whilst Steve Magoffin picked up four wickets in the second innings.

Skipper Ed Joyce is away on International duty with Ireland this week as they take on Pakistan in a one-day international series, so Chris Nash will captain the side on his home ground.

Luke Wright is back in the squad following a stint with Pune Warriors in the IPL and could make his first appearance for Sussex this season. Matt Prior remains with the England side for their Test Series against New Zealand.

Matt Machan is added to the squad but Andy Miller is ruled out after picking up a hand injury in yesterday’s YB40 match with the Netherlands.

The Sussex squad is as follows:

JE Anyon
BC Brown (wkt)
JS Gatting
RJ Hamilton-Brown
CJ Jordan
CJ Liddle
MW Machan
SJ Magoffin
CD Nash (capt)
MS Panesar
LWP Wells
LJ Wright
MH Yardy

BBC Sussex are covering the match with LIVE ball-by-ball commentary tomorrow. Click HERE to access the feed

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