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Sussex Sharks Vitality Blast tickets on sale – with special offers included



Tickets for this summer’s Sussex Sharks home Vitality Blast matches at Hove are on sale – and there are special offers included for those who move fast.

Sharks’ superstars of world cricket, including Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Rashid Khan, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright, will play seven matches at Hove as they look to go one step further than last year and bring the trophy back to Sussex.

Blast Pass season tickets have been selling faster than ever, meaning limited availability for individual tickets, so act now to avoid disappointment. Sussex say Blast Pass offers unbeatable value for loyal Shark fans wanting to catch all seven of the team’s home group Vitality Blast matches from their very own seat.

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Prices start at £25 for kids and an adult Blast Pass offers a saving of nearly 50 per cent per game when compared with an individual ticket.

The Sharks start their hunt for T20 glory at home with the ‘El Clasicoast’ derby against Hampshire on Wednesday July 24. Two days later, it’s the first of four famous Friday nights under the lights at the 1st Central County Ground when noisy neighbours Surrey enter the Shark infested waters.

A week later its another local derby as Kent Spitfires cross the border for a south-eastern skirmish. Then on Tuesday August 2, Glamorgan are in town. Who can forget Tymal Mills’ hat-trick to secure a thumping victory against the Welsh county last season?

The weekend starts in style three-days later with Middlesex – boosted by their recent signing of AB de Villiers – making the trip south for a carnival of cricket by the sea.

Thursday is the new Friday on August 22 when the Essex Eagles visit and then on Friday August 30 the Sharks complete the group stage against Gloucestershire.

To celebrate tickets going on sale, Sussex have a special ‘derby double’ offer. Get a ticket for both the Hampshire match and the Surrey game for just £40. This offer is only available until Friday March 29 – or when the games sell out.

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Crawley Town

Why is it important Crawley Town get Bewbush site for their training ground?



Crawley Town fans have set up a petition to help the club get a new training ground.

A campaign was created on the website by Fraser Sheridan to allow Crawley Town to use the land at Bewbush, RH11 8WB, as their training ground facilities.

You can sign the petition here
The land has interest from two other parties and fans, backed by investor Paul John Hayward, want Crawley Borough Council to know how much the club needs this.

The club’s operations director Kelly Derham released a statement on Tuesday giving an update on the situation. In the statement she said: “

“We are aware that an online petition has started supporting our plans for a new training ground and has already attracted 500 signatures, including our Head Coach Gabriele Cioffi. We’re grateful to every Crawley Town supporter for getting behind our proposals and I can assure everyone that we are working hard with Crawley Borough Council to bring our plans to fruition.

“It’s pivotal for the club to have a permanent training ground. The initial discussions have proven that it will not only be a valuable asset for the club and the community but one that allows Crawley to have more financial freedom. This is important for our club. Crawley needs everyone with the club at heart to unite and work in unison to achieve a brighter future.”

You can read the full statement here
This is what it says on the 38degrees website:

Crawley Town FC training ground

Please allow Crawley Town FC to use the land at Bewbush, RH11 8WB, as their training ground facilities.

Why is this important?

Crawley Town FC is loved by many in the Crawley area. The club has been struggling with training facilities for years and has been forced to use unsafe plastic pitches and local school grounds. The current training ground situation is not good enough for the club to progress to the next level.

With access to the land at Bewbush, RH11 8WB, Crawley Town FCs success will progress greatly resulting in more opportunities for the residents of Crawley, an increase in the community and more visitors to the Crawley area which will have a positive effect on the local economy. Football often has a huge positive impact on towns and cities and this training ground land is about the longevity and foundation of Crawley Town FC. For these reasons, it will be a massive success for the Crawley community if Crawley Town FC are allowed to use Bewbush as their training ground site.

In response to Kelly’s statement, a Crawley Borough Council spokesperson said: “The council has been in discussions with Crawley Town FC regarding their proposal. We understand how much this means to the supporters of the club – as a council we too have supported the club over the years. There are however other parties with interest in the land and as a public authority we have to continue to progress these discussions in the appropriate way .”

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England Football

First summer departure from Horsham as Staines Town switch is confirmed



Horsham have confirmed the first departure from their Isthmian League play-off winning squad is leaving for more ‘regular football’.

Montserrat international Joey Taylor is joining South Central newboys Staines Town following their relegation from the Premier Division last season.

The Welling United academy defender had two spells with the Hornets last season and came off the bench to provide the assistant for Dylan Merchant’s play-off winning goal against Ashford United.

The former VCD Athletic, Burgess Hill Town and East Grinstead Town full-back, who is the younger brother of Charlton Athletic’s Lyle Taylor, started 11 of the Hornets’ first 18 matches of the last campaign.

Having found himself on the bench he moved on to Hythe United during the season in search of game time ahead of Montserrat’s CONCACAF qualifying matches.

He returned to Horsham for the run-in and provided a special moment in the play-off final as Dominic Di Paola’s side clinched promotion.

The manager said: “Joey’s a great lad, but with his international career, he needs to be playing regular football and I can’t guarantee to give him that.

“He’s been great for us and we’ll be sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best, wherever his career takes him.”

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Henfield pupils given once-in-a-lifetime role at England v West Indies World Cup clash



Pupils from St Peter’s CofE Primary School played their part before England’s crushing ICC World Cup victory against the West Indies on Friday.

A total of 30 students from the Henfield-based school were chosen to be anthem bearers for the England’s fourth group game which was played at the Ageas Bowl.

St. Peter�s CofE Primary School with the ICC World Cup

St. Peter�s CofE Primary School with the ICC World Cup

Schools were offered an opportunity to register for free tickets to watch the match and the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the teams out.

Sussex Cricket Club put Henfield forward from the schools in Sussex that had registered, the pair holding strong links through the Chance to Shine cricket charity.

The school selected pupils because they play for the school cricket teams as well as Henfield Cricket Club outside of school.

As well as leading the two teams on to the pitch pre-match, they were treated to brilliant seat, lunch and then allowed onto the pitch at tea to showcase their skills in front of the capacity crowd.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: The teams line up for the anthems ahead of the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and West Indies at The Hampshire Bowl on June 14, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) 775286237

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 14: The teams line up for the anthems ahead of the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and West Indies at The Hampshire Bowl on June 14, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) 775286237

The children themselves were treated to an England masterclass with Joe Root smashing an unbeaten century in their comprehensive eight-wicket win.

Headteacher Denise Maurice said: “The children had an amazing day and were looked after so well by the ICC team.

“We arrived at 9am and the children were given tracksuits which they got to keep, then had a rehearsal. They then waited nervously in ‘the tunnel’ before being escort onto the pitch with their allocated England or West Indies play.

“The staff and parents were so proud of them when they were on the pitch. It brought a tear to our eyes as it was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of an international sporting event.

“I was so proud of them, as they stepped out onto an international stage with confidence and were fantastic ambassadors for our school,

“After leaving the pitch we then had great seats to enjoy the rest of the match. ICC also provided lunch, then at mid-innings the children were back on the pitch to show case their skills and some of the training activities they do back at school. It made their day when the crowd were cheering for the balls batted into the crowd.”

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