Tuesday 1 May 2007 

Sussex Team News Ahead Of Kent Game

Sussex travel to Canterbury to play Kent in the third LV Championship game of the 2007 season. This match takes place between Wednesday 2 and Saturday 5 May.

Squad

Adams CJ*, Ahmed Mushtaq, Goodwin MW, AJ, Hopkinson CD, Kirtley RJ, Lewry JD, Liddle CJ, Martin-Jenkins RSC, Montgomerie RR, Nash CD, Prior MJ+, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Mark Robinson, Pro Cricket Manager, said: "For us, the season really starts today. From a coaching point of view we're ready to go for the first time this season. We're getting fitter and stronger with every day and we're only going to keep improving. Following a disappointing result against Warwickshire we are looking forward to our visit to Canterbury, taking confidence from our recent LV Championship victory against Kent."

Injuries

Luke Wright is still out with a bruised side but should be back in action next week against Cardiff UCCE and Michael Yardy is healing well after breaking his finger.

Sussex vs Kent in Championship

Since the County Championship officially began in 1890:

· This will be the 203rd meeting between the sides in the County Championship - overall, Kent leads the series by 64-59, with 77 draws and two tied matches.
· This will be the 100th match between the teams in Kent, and in those matches Sussex have won 34 to Kent's 32, with 33 draws.

Note that Sussex's win over Kent at Hove two weeks ago was their first ever victory in the opening round of matches, since promotion to Division 1 in 2002, and only their second win in the opening round since 1990.

Interesting Facts about this fixture:

Since the County Championship officially began in 1890:

Sussex's best run is the history of this fixture is just three wins, which has been achieved twice: from 1894-6 and then from 2003-4. A win in this fixture would equal that record. Kent's best run is eight wins, achieved in 1922-25.
Sussex are unbeaten in the last five games between the sides and have only lost once to Kent in their last 10 encounters. Sussex have won the last two meetings at Canterbury, and have only lost once at Kent's HQ since 1972.
The longest unbeaten streak in this fixture is 17 games by Kent (1906-1914), comprising 10 wins and 7 draws. Sussex's best run is 15 games, made between 1947-54, including 5 wins and 10 draws.

FORTHCOMING LANDMARKS.
Murray Goodwin - needs one more century for 50 Career First-Class Hundreds.
James Kirtley - needs one more wicket for 600 Career First-Class Wickets.
Mushtaq Ahmed - needs 7 more runs for 1500 First-Class Runs for Sussex, and 80 more runs for 5000 Career First-Class Runs.
Matt Prior - needs 115 more runs for 6000 Career First-Class Runs.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan - needs 1 more wicket for 100 First-Class Wickets for Sussex (currently 99 in 17 matches).