|One Day name||Sussex Sharks|
|Captain||Ben Brown (FC) |
Tom Haines (LA)
Luke Wright (T20)
|Coach||Ian Salisbury (FC/LA)|
James Kirtley (T20)
|Overseas player(s)||Travis Head |
Stiaan van Zyl
Rashid Khan (T20)
David Wiese (T20)
|Home ground||County Cricket Ground, Hove|
|National League/Pro40 wins||3|
|FP Trophy wins||5|
|Twenty20 Cup wins||1|
|NatWest Pro40 wins||1|
Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Sussex. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club was founded in 1839 as a successor to the various Sussex county cricket teams, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, which had been representative of the county of Sussex as a whole since the 1720s. The club has always held first-class status. Sussex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.
The club colours are traditionally blue and white and the shirt sponsors are Galloways Accounting for the LV County Championship and Dafabet for Royal London One-Day Cup matches and Vitality Blast T20 matches. Its home ground is the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex also play matches around the county at Arundel, Eastbourne and Horsham.
Sussex won its first ever official County Championship title in 2003 and subsequently became the dominant team of the decade, repeating the success in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Sussex achieved ‘the double’, beating Lancashire to clinch the C&G Trophy, before winning the County Championship following an emphatic victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, in which Sussex defeated their hosts by an innings and 245 runs. Sussex then won the title for the third time in five years in 2007, when in a nail-biting finale on the last day of the season, Sussex defeated Worcestershire early in the day and then had to wait until past five o'clock as title rivals Lancashire narrowly failed to beat Surrey – prompting relieved celebrations at the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex enjoyed further limited overs success with consecutive Pro40 wins in 2008 and 2009 as well as beating Somerset at Edgbaston to lift the 2009 Twenty20 Cup. The south coast county ended the decade having won ten trophies in ten years.
First XI honours
- Division Two (2) – 2001, 2010 
- Friends Provident Trophy[nb 1] (5) – 1963, 1964, 1978, 1986, 2006 
- Pro40 National League[nb 2] (3) – 1982, 2008, 2009 
- Division Two (2) – 1999, 2005
Second XI honours
- Second XI Championship (3) – 1978, 1990, 2007
- Second XI Trophy (1) – 2005
- Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006)
- Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998)
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The first definite mention of cricket in Sussex relates to ecclesiastical court records in 1611 which state that two parishioners of Sidlesham in West Sussex failed to attend church on Easter Sunday because they were playing cricket. They were fined 12d each and made to do penance.
Cricket became established in Sussex during the 17th century and the earliest village matches took place before the English Civil War. It is believed that the earliest county teams were formed in the aftermath of the Restoration in 1660. In 1697, the earliest "great match" recorded was for 50 guineas apiece between two elevens at a venue in Sussex. It was possibly an inter-county match and has been classified as the earliest known top-class match in cricket history.
Matches involving the two great Sussex patrons Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond and Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet were first recorded in 1725. The earliest known use of Sussex in a match title occurred in 1729. From 1741, Richmond patronised the famous Slindon Cricket Club, whose team was representative of the county.
After the death of Richmond in 1751, Sussex cricket declined until the emergence of the Brighton club at its Prince of Wales Ground in 1790. This club sustained cricket in Sussex through the Napoleonic Wars and, as a result, the county team was very strong in the 1820s when it included the great bowlers Jem Broadbridge and William Lillywhite.
Origin of club
On 17 June 1836, the Sussex Cricket Fund was set up to support county matches, after a meeting in Brighton. This led directly to the formation on 1 March 1839 of Sussex County Cricket Club, England's oldest county club. Sussex CCC played its initial first-class match versus Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord's on 10 & 11 June 1839.
The Sussex crest depicts a mythological, footless bird called the Martlet, and is similar to Coat of arms of Sussex. Capped players have six martlets on their sweaters, and the crest with gold trimming on their caps; uncapped players instead have only the club crest on their left breast, and white trimming on their caps.
In total, Sussex CCC have played at 17 grounds, four of which have been in Brighton and Hove. The first County match was played at Eaton Road on 6 June 1872 against Gloucestershire. Currently, the main venue for the club's First and Second XI is The County Ground in Hove, although matches are also played regularly at the grounds at Arundel and Horsham. Other grounds for first class matches have included Sheffield Park, Chichester, Worthing, Eastbourne and Hastings.
- No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
- denotes players with international caps.
- county cap. denotes a player who has been awarded a
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|10||Luke Wright*||England||7 March 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||T20 captain; |
List A & T20 only
|20||Tom Haines||England||28 October 1998||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||List A captain|
|24||Aaron Thomason||England||26 June 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|27||Tom Clark||England||2 July 2001||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|30||James Coles||England||2 April 2004||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|35||Harrison Ward||England||25 October 1999||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|62||Travis Head||Australia||29 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player|
|74||Stiaan van Zyl*||South Africa||19 September 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Overseas player|
|8||Chris Jordan*||England||4 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||England incremental contract|
|15||George Garton||England||15 April 1997||Left-handed||Left-arm fast|
|18||Will Beer||England||8 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|23||Ravi Bopara||England||4 May 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|40||Danial Ibrahim||England||9 August 2004||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|96||David Wiese*||South Africa||18 May 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|97||Delray Rawlins||Bermuda||14 September 1997||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|6||Ali Orr||England||6 April 2001||Right-handed||—|
|11||Oli Carter||England||2 November 2001||Right-handed||—|
|26||Ben Brown*||England||23 November 1988||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Club captain|
|28||Phil Salt||England||28 August 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|1||Rashid Khan||Afghanistan||20 September 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|4||Mitch Claydon||Australia||25 November 1982||Left-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||UK Passport|
|5||Henry Crocombe||England||20 September 2001||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|7||Tymal Mills||England||12 August 1992||Right-handed||Left-arm fast||T20 only|
|12||Stuart Meaker||England||21 January 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|16||Jack Carson||Ireland||3 December 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|21||Sean Hunt||England||7 December 2001||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|22||Jofra Archer*||England||1 April 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||England Test & white-ball contract|
|25||Ollie Robinson*||England||1 December 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|29||Joe Sarro||England||27 January 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|32||Jamie Atkins||England||20 May 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|41||Archie Lenham||England||23 July 2004||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|Source: Updated: 28 August 2020|
- Director of Cricket: Keith Greenfield
- Head coaches:
Ian Salisbury (FC/LA)
James Kirtley (T20)
- Academy Director & Fielding Coach: Richard Halsall
- Batting coach: Jason Swift
- Seam Bowling coach: James Kirtley
- Spin Bowling Coach: Ian Salisbury
- 1st Team Scorer: Graham Irwin
- 1st Team Analyst: Luke Dunning
- Strength & Conditioning Coach: Matthew Spence
- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach: Dave McIlwaine
- Head of Medical Management: Jon Marrale
Notable Sussex players
This list includes those Sussex players who have played in Test cricket since 1877, One Day International cricket since 1971, or have made an outstanding contribution (e.g.: scoring most runs or taking most wickets in a season).
- Chris Adams
- Tim Ambrose
- Jofra Archer
- Ravi Bopara
- Ted Bowley
- Danny Briggs
- Jem Broadbridge
- Harry Butt
- Henry Charlwood
- George Cox senior
- Jemmy Dean
- Ted Dexter
- Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji
- C. B. Fry
- Ed Giddins
- Tony Greig
- Chris Jordan
- James Kirtley
- James Langridge
- John Langridge
- Jason Lewry
- William Lillywhite
- Robin Martin-Jenkins
- Stuart Meaker
- Tymal Mills
- Richard Montgomerie
- Peter Moores
- Alan Oakman
- Monty Panesar
- Paul Parker
- Jim Parks, Jr.
- Jim Parks, Sr.
- Tony Pigott
- Matt Prior
- K S Ranjitsinhji
- Rajesh Rao
- Dermot Reeve
- Albert Relf
- Ian Salisbury
- Ajmal Shahzad
- David Sheppard
- John Snow
- Martin Speight
- Ken Suttle
- Maurice Tate
- Ian Thomson
- Joe Vine
- Alan Wells
- Colin Wells
- John Wisden
- Luke Wright
- Michael Yardy
Most first-class runs for Sussex
Most first-class wickets for Sussex
- Highest total for – 742/5d v. Somerset, Taunton, 2009 
- Highest total against – 7226 by Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, 1895
- Lowest total for – 19 v. Surrey, Godalming, 1830, v. Nottinghamshire, Hove, 1873 
- Lowest total against – 18 by Kent, Gravesend, 1867
- Highest score – 344* Murray Goodwin v. Somerset, Taunton, 2009
- Most runs in season – 2,850 J. G. Langridge, 1949
Highest partnership for each wicket
- 1st – 490 Ted Bowley and John Langridge v. Middlesex, Hove, 1933
- 2nd – 385 Ted Bowley and Maurice Tate v. Northamptonshire, Hove, 1921
- 3rd – 385* Michael Yardy and Murray Goodwin v. Warwickshire, Hove, 2006
- 4th – 363 Murray Goodwin and Carl Hopkinson v. Somerset, Taunton, 2009
- 5th – 297 Jim Parks and Harry Parks v. Hampshire, Portsmouth, 1937
- 6th – 335 Luke Wright and Ben Brown v. Durham, Hove, 2014
- 7th – 344 Ranjitsinhji and Billy Newham v. Essex, Leyton, 1902
- 8th – 291 Robin Martin-Jenkins and Mark Davis v. Somerset, Taunton, 2002
- 9th – 178 Harry Parks and Albert Wensley v. Derbyshire, Horsham, 1930
- 10th – 164 Ollie Robinson and Matt Hobden v. Durham, Chester-le-Street, 2015
- Best bowling – 10–48 C. H. G Bland v. Kent, Tonbridge, 1899
- Best match bowling – 17–106 G. R. Cox v. Warwickshire, Horsham, 1926
- Wickets in season – 198 M. W. Tate, 1925
- Mendis was eligible to play for either England or Sri Lanka, but did not represent either of them in international cricket.
- Joyce has previously played International Cricket for England.
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