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by Sussex Cricket Monday 2 March 2020
“We are going to get there, so it’s not ‘potentially’ [that we will play at Finals Day]. It means a lot to try and win some silverware for Sussex”, Archer said.
“It’s a club I love and of course I’ve been here pretty much all of my life and I’d love to repay the fans and the management with something to show.”
The England paceman will have plenty of those fans watching on when he pulls on a Sharks shirt in the Blast this year.
Blast Pass season tickets for Sussex’s seven home group games at The 1st Central County Ground this summer sold out in record time.
In 2019, Blast Passes sold out four days ahead of the Sharks’ opening home game of the tournament. This year, they sold out on 18th February, a full 100 days before Sussex take on Kent Spitfires at The 1st Central County Ground on Thursday 28th May.
And the increased demand has already carried over to individual matches. Ticket purchases during the weekend’s priority window were 101% higher than across the entire first week of sales in 2019.
Given that last season six of Sussex Sharks’ seven home matches in the South Group were sold out in advance, the early signs suggest that The 1st Central County Ground will be packed to the rafters throughout this summer’s Blast.
The Sharks’ performances over the past two seasons – reaching the final in 2018 and topping the South Group to secure a home quarter final (another sell out) in 2019 – have done plenty to make the Vitality Blast at Hove the hottest ticket in town.
A Sussex roster including the likes of Archer, Ravi Bopara, Laurie Evans, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Phil Salt, Luke Wright, the returning Rashid Khan and new overseas signing Travis Head also does plenty to boost interest.
Just as important as the players when it comes to returning to Finals Day, however, are the fans themselves, as Archer concluded: “I enjoy the crowd – it’s a big part of the game and they always make you feel like you’re at home.”
Tickets for all seven of Sussex Sharks’ matches in this summer’s Vitality Blast are on general sale now.
For a full fixture list and to secure your seat visit www.sussexcricket.co.uk.