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WINTER WATCH: Latest full round-up of action from Sussex's stars around the globe


Stiaan van Zyl made a century for the Cape Cobras, but last week was thwarted by Sussex compatriot David Wiese

Sussex’s Stiaan van Zyl made a century on Friday as he continues his season in South Africa, playing for the Cape Cobras.

Van Zyl, who will arrive at The 1st Central County Ground later this year after signing under the Kolpak ruling, scored 106 as the Cobras built a lead on Day Two of their Sunfoil Series four-day match with the Knights at Boland Park in Paarl.

Last weekend, there was a Sussex head-to-head battle in the tournament as van Zyl’s Cobras side met the Titans, who can include David Wiese amongst their ranks.

Wiese, who starred for Sussex last term and has put to pen to paper on a permanent deal at Hove, took 5 for 41, including the wicket of van Zyl, in the Cobras’ first innings. They hit back though to seal a nine-wicket victory over the Titans.

England’s T20 series with India came to an end this week and despite some solid bowling performances from Sussex pacemen Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills, the hosts claimed a 2-1 series win as England were defeated in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Jordan claimed five wickets in the three matches and Mills picked up a scalp in each game, his first wickets in international colours. The pair are now both heading to the Pakistan Super League in Dubai, which begins next Thursday 9th February. Jordan is signed for the Peshawar Zalmi, whilst Mills will join up with the Quetta Gladiators.

Also teaming up with Quetta for the second successive season is Sussex captain Luke Wright. His Big Bash campaign ended recently with the Melbourne Stars beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winners Perth Scorchers. Wright averaged 32.75 in the tournament, hitting 262 runs at a strike rate of 122.42.

Ross Taylor has re-signed for Sussex in 2017, and will be available for the Sharks’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign. The star batsman is currently playing for the New Zealand in their ODI series with Australia, and will hope to be in action this Sunday (5th February) when they face their rivals at Hamilton.

It’s been a fine week for Delray Rawlins in the first three ODI matches on England Under-19’s tour of India. He smashed an unbeaten century on debut before taking two wickets to set up a fine opening victory, but despite scores of 46 and 96 in the next two matches, as well as figures of 2 for 30 on Friday, England have been beaten by India in both games and will look to get back to winning ways on Monday (6th) when the series continues.

In Australian club cricket, Danny Briggs’ latest outing saw him claim figures of 2 for 14 for Melbourne-based Marcellin Old Collegians against Glen Iris last weekend. It takes his tally for the winter to 26 wickets at an average of only 10.46.

Phil Salt made a symmetrical 17 in both innings for St George of Sydney as they beat Penrith in the First Grade of the NSW Premier Cricket league, having worked his way up from the Second Grade. The youngster has made 454 runs in all competitions so far this winter, averaging an impressive 34.57.

Finally, young seamer Abi Sakande has been enjoying a wicket-fuelled winter in New Zealand, and recently took 5 for 32 from ten overs for Wakatu CC, of Nelson. His side bowled out Stoke Nayland for 127 in a 50-over match, but were reduced to 18 for 4 in reply when the match was abandoned due to rain.

The Nelson Mail said the Stoke Nayland batsmen failed to cope with Sakande’s ‘pace, bounce and impeccable length’. He has 21 wickets in the 50-over competition, and the paceman also took two wickets in last week’s Nelson Griffins representative match against Canterbury Country in the Hawke Cup.

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