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PREVIEW: Unchanged squad for Surrey

12-Aug-2017

The same squad that was named ahead of Sussex Sharks’ five-wicket win against Gloucestershire on Friday night will travel to The Oval for Sunday’s NatWest T20 Blast clash with Surrey (13th August, 2.30pm start).

Squad:
Ross Taylor (captain)
Jofra Archer
Will Beer
Danny Briggs
Ben Brown
Laurie Evans
George Garton
Chris Jordan
Tymal Mills
Chris Nash
Ollie Robinson
Phil Salt
Stiaan van Zyl
David Wiese
Luke Wright

Sunday’s match is Sussex’s penultimate outing in the South Group of the competition, with just next Friday’s encounter with Essex Eagles at The 1st Central County Ground to follow.

After 12 games, the Sharks are in third place in the table on 12 points. The two sides below them have the same number of points, but Sussex’s superior net run rate keeps them ahead.

Fourth placed, Somerset, and fifth-placed, Gloucestershire, both have a game in hand over Sussex, however, and so the Sharks’ final two games will be vital in determining whether quarter-final ambitions are realised.

Sussex have turned their campaign around over the past week, winning three of their four fixtures in that period.

Head coach, Mark Davis, was in a positive mood ahead of the game: “We are looking forward to our crunch game at The Oval tomorrow.

“The team goes into the game with a number of players in very good touch and excited about the challenge ahead.

“The league is still very tight and quarter final qualification will go down to the last round of games.”

Chris Nash is one of those players in excellent form. His 394 runs put him sixth in the run scoring list for this year’s Blast.

Nash scored the second of his four fifties in the tournament when Sussex thrashed Surrey at Hove by eight wickets last Thursday, and he will be hoping for another match-winning innings in the return fixture.

Another Chris, Chris Jordan, is the Shark’s leading wicket taker. His 3-17 last night included a brilliant display of death bowling that decimated the Gloucestershire tail and took his tournament tally to 14. 

After a decent start, Surrey have lost their past three games and find themselves eighth out of nine in the group. They will be desperate to secure a positive result and exact revenge against Sussex tomorrow afternoon. 

Ball-by-ball commentary of the match will be available online via BBC Sussex HERE. Updates will be provided on the @SussexCCC social media channels via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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