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Sussex welcome Somerset to Hove as Blast continues

Sussex welcome Somerset to Hove as Blast continues

After a fourth away win of this year’s Vitality Blast against Middlesex earlier in the week, Sussex Sharks will look to open their home account on Sunday when they take on Somerset at The 1st Central County Ground (2.30pm start).

Jason Gillespie will pick from the same 14 that travelled to Lord’s for that fascinating encounter on Thursday night.

A Jofra Archer hat-trick – the first for Sussex in T20 cricket – sealed a famous victory at the home of cricket after Phil Salt had smashed a half-century off just 19 balls and Delray Rawlins made 49 on T20 debut.

Salt’s effort saw him equal Stiaan van Zyl’s record for the fastest fifty for Sussex in T20 cricket.

Sussex Sharks Squad

10. Luke Wright (c) 22. Jofra Archer 18. Will Beer 21. Danny Briggs 42. Tom Bruce  5. Michael Burgess (wk) 32. Laurie Evans 1. Rashid Khan 7. Tymal Mills 9. Delray Rawlins 25. Ollie Robinson 28. Phil Salt 96. David Wiese


Somerset sit in second place in the South Group having won six of their nine matches, more than any other team in the division.

The men from Taunton have scored more runs than any over side in the south group, but have also conceded the most, perhaps saying something about the wicket at their home ground.

New Zealand overseas player, Corey Anderson is Somerset’s top-scorer in the competition with 273 runs from his eight innings to date. Johann Myburgh is not too far behind  (232 from nine innings) thanks to a 44-ball 103 not out during his side’s ten-wicket win over Essex Eagles on Friday night.

Jamie Overton has been the most dangerous of the team’s bowlers, picking up eleven scalps. His economy rate is over ten runs per over, however.

There will be a return to The 1st Central County Ground for Sussex’s 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup overseas player, Jerome Taylor. He has made a significant impact in his four Blast games for Somerset so far this season, taking eight wickets in just four matches and striking every 10.2 balls on average.

Match Details & Coverage

Tomorrow’s match gets underway at 2.30pm, with gates opening at 1pm. Tickets are available online via the [email protected] facility until gates open. Any remaining tickets will then be available to buy at the ground.

Supporters unable to make the ground will be able to watch the match live, with commentary from BBC Sussex, on our Match Day Centre. This also includes a live scorecard, live statistics and text commentary from the @SussexCCC Twitter feed