Monday 20 August 2007 

Sussex Team News Ahead Of Surrey LVCC Match

After ten days' break from the LV County Championship, Sussex travel to The Oval to face Surrey. The match takes place from August 21 to 24.

Sussex are currently topping the LV County Championship table and look in a strong position to retain the title. Pro Cricket Manager, Mark Robinson said; "The Oval is always a tough place to play but we are very much looking forward to this fixture. It will be an emotional return to the Oval for Saqlain Mushtaq should he play."

Injury news

Robin Martin-Jenkins is out with a back injury and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan will undertake a fitness test before the start of the game.

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

HISTORY OF THE FIXTURE

Sussex vs Surrey

Since the official County Championship began in 1890

· Overall, Surrey leads by 81-27, with 82 draws
· In matches in Surrey, the home side dominates the fixture, leading 43-11, with 41 matches drawn.
· In matches at the Oval, Surrey are again well ahead in the series, by 37-8 with 37 draws.

Interesting Facts about this fixture:

Since the official County Championship began in 1890:

Sussex's best run is the history of this fixture is just two wins, which has been achieved on only three occasions (1913, 1961/2 and 1990). Surrey, on the other hand, has previously recorded a run of five straight wins (1996-2002).
The longest unbeaten streak in this fixture is 21 games by Surrey (1965-76); this run of 21 consisted of 11 wins and 10 draws.
Sussex are unbeaten in this fixture in the last four meetings, and have lost only once in the last six - a run that dates back to 2003.
This will be Sussex's first Championship match at the Oval in the second half of a season since the 1998 season, and only the third since 1992. The two previous meetings between the sides at the Oval in the second half of a season have resulted in innings victories - one to each side. Sussex's last four visits to the Oval have been in April (3 times) and May (once).

FORTHCOMING LANDMARKS

Murray Goodwin - needs 100 more runs for 17000 Career First-Class Runs.
James Kirtley - needs 24 more runs for 2000 Career First-Class Runs.
Richard Montgomerie - Richard's next but one match will be his 250th Career First-Class Match.
Luke Wright - needs 85 more runs for 1000 Career First-Class Runs, and 96 more runs for 1000 First-Class Runs for Sussex.
Michael Yardy - needs 256 more runs for 5000 Career First-Class Runs.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan - Rana's next match will be his 100th Career First-Class Match.

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