Tuesday 24 July 2007 

Sussex Ready For Hampshire Championship Clash

Double winners Sussex meet Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship tomorrow. The match takes place between Wednesday July 25 and Saturday July 28 2007.

Mark Robinson, Pro Cricket Manager, said: "After getting through to Twenty20 Finals day the team are physically and mentally as strong as ever and when the team gets that way they can be hard to stop. Obviously, we hope to carry all that positive momentum over to the LV Championship. Even though we haven't as many points as this time last year in the Championship race we are still second and well placed to make another strong challenge. We are currently monitoring Jason's (Lewry) fractured toe and the hope that he will be fit in time for the game tomorrow, other than that there are no injuries. "

Sussex will name their team from the following squad: Adams CJ*, Mushtaq Ahmed, Goodwin MW, Hodd AJ+, Hopkinson CD, Kirtley RJ, Martin-Jenkins RSC, Montgomerie RR, Nash CD, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Wright L, Yardy MH.

HISTORY OF THE FIXTURE

Sussex vs Hampshire

Since Hampshire joined the County Championship in 1895:

· Overall, Sussex leads 63-51, with 74 draws
· In matches in Hampshire, the home side lead by 32-24, with 39 matches drawn.
· This will be the fifth meeting of the teams at the Rose Bowl - in the previous four meetings, both side have won once and two matches have been drawn.

Interesting Facts about this fixture:

Since Hampshire joined the County Championship in 1895:

Sussex's best run is the history of this fixture is five wins, which has been achieved twice previously (1898-1900 and 1952-5). Hampshire's best run is four wins, achieved in 1946-7.

The longest unbeaten streak in this fixture is 22 games by Sussex (1897-1907), comprising 15 wins and 7 draws. This 22-game steak equals Sussex's longest unbeaten run against any side, having also recorded one of 22 games against Northants from 1931-48.

Sussex won the last meeting of the sides at the Rose Bowl, last April, and are unbeaten against Hampshire for three matches.

FORTHCOMING LANDMARKS

Chris Adams - needs 7 more runs for 10000 First-Class Runs for Sussex, and 4 more catches for 200 First-Class catches for Sussex.
James Kirtley - needs 24 more runs for 2000 Career First-Class Runs.
Richard Montgomerie - need 97 more runs for 9000 First-Class Runs for Sussex.
Matt Prior - needs 76 more runs for 6000 Career First-Class Runs.

© Sussex CCC