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Record-breaking Brown and Jordan's tons get Sussex out of trouble in Northants



Ben Brown and Chris Jordan produced a remarkable recovery for Sussex on the opening day against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road with a pair of fluent centuries to transform a dire position at 68 for 6 to close, incredibly, on 370 for 6.

Jordan joined Brown as wickets tumbled in the morning session with scrambling together a score of any note the primary task. But 302 unbeaten runs later and Sussex had transformed the match with Jordan on 158 and Brown 153 by the close.

They shared the second-highest seventh wicket stand in Sussex history and the highest for the wicket ever conceded by Northants.

Jordan said afterwards: “I just tried to keep a free mind and tried not to look too far ahead and get the partnership going. I’ve been doing quite a bit of work away with England and felt good and me and Browny complimented each other well.

“We’re two different types of players who hit in different areas so they were always having to change their lengths against us. I worked so hard all day for chance to play those on-drives at the end of the day and I’m very grateful to get a personal best.”

After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, Northants were almost through the visitors but Jordan edged his first delivery between the wicketkeeper and first slip and the extraordinary partnership was born.

Brown, the Sussex captain with three ducks in four Championship innings so far this summer, arrived at 35 for 4 and led the progress with defence far more secure than offered by the top order. He very cleverly nudged his singles and ran between the wickets with great intent to steal every run in seaming conditions.

He survived a top-edged pull that fell short of deep square but deserved a stroke of luck as he drove, cut and played a forearm-jab pull to build his score. He crashed his 15th boundary through cover point to raise a century in 161 balls – his 16th first-class hundred – and he closed the day having passed 150 for the third time in the County Championship.

Jordan’s century was the more eye-catching of the two. His timing was impeccable and he feasted upon any width outside the off stump – plenty was offered throughout the afternoon – to strike 16 fours in going to just a third first-class hundred in 131 balls.

Five overs from the close, three of the sweetest on-drives off Procter sent him past a career-best and raised a fourth batting bonus point. It was some return to action having played only a T20 for England since April 24th.

The partnership was a dashing affair and 151 were added in 35 overs between lunch and tea to turn the pressure back on the bowlers. A further 142 were more compiled in the evening session.

It was a truly outstanding turnaround after a morning session when Northants’ decision to send Sussex in looked a good one. Sanderson took the first three wickets as Phil Salt drove and lost his off stump, Tom Haines got a leading edge to point and Stiaan van Zyl drove to mid-off.

Nathan Buck then struck in his first over with a ball that nipped back to break in half the middle stump of Harry Finch shouldering arms, before Procter moved one away to glance the edge of Luke Wells.

Jamie Overton then returned for a blast just before lunch and removed David Wiese’s off stump with a spearing yorker – a similar delivery next ball almost removed Jordan and the day turned from there.

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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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Roffey told to 'get on with it' after second abandoned game in a row knocks them off top



Captain Matt Davies stressed that Roffey have ‘just got to get on with it’ after the Boars were knocked off the Premier Division summit following Saturday’s abandoned game at Preston Nomads.

A second consecutive postponement due to poor weather has seen the Boars’ 30 point lead at the top evaporate, as consecutive victories for Brighton & Hove have seen them leapfrog Roffey.

Saturday’s game saw Nomads reach 147-5 off 42 overs, with Nathan Poole topscoring with an unbeaten 73, before rain prevented any more play.

Davies said: “There’s not a lot we can do about it really, which is probably the most frustrating thing about it. We’ve just got to get on with it.

“It is frustrating to lose a 30 point lead in two weekends when we haven’t been able to play.

“But there’s no point worrying or getting annoyed about it. As I said, we’ve just got to get on with it.”

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A 57-run opening-wicket partnership from ex-Roffey player Usman Khan (23) and Poole got Nomads’ innings off to a solid start.

But Khan and new man in Alasdair Wilson (duck) fell in rapid succession to George Fleming (2-21) to see the visitors at 58-2.

Cameos from wicketkeeper Jake Hutson (11) and skipper Daniel Phillips (23) then pushed Nomads to 113-4 before both were taken by Luke Barnard (3-38).

Despite Barnard claiming the wicket of Kashif Ibrahim (six) at 135-5, the Boars were unable to claim the wicket of the imperious Poole.

The Nomads opener and Stuart Faith (five*) saw out the rest of the innings before rain concluded the fixture.

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Sussex skipper to the rescue: Brown passes 500 for season in Kidderminster recovery



Sussex captain Ben Brown continued his rich vein of form with the bat as he and Chris Jordan led a recovery after a four wicket burst from Worcestershire all-rounder Wayne Parnell in the Specsavers County Championship match at Kidderminster.

Brown became only the second Division Two player to pass 500 Championship runs for the campaign and his unbeaten 64 followed on from 156 not out, 60 not out, 131, 107 and 33 in his previous five knocks.

He was given excellent support by Jordan during an unbroken partnership of 83 after the pair came together early in the afternoon session with Sussex struggling on 102-6 following another impressive performance from Parnell. When rain brought a premature end to play shortly after 3pm, the visitors had recovered to 185-6 off 51.5 overs with Jordan 44 not out.

Parnell, who had a spell at Hove during the 2011 season, has been a model of consistency since starting a three year contract with Worcestershire as a Kolpak player this summer. He again showed his potency with the ball in dismissing Luke Wells, Harry Finch and Laurie Evans during an initial spell of 3-22 from six overs from the Pavilion End and then returned after lunch to account for David Wiese.

Adam Finch’s maiden first class wicket – plus a scalp for club captain Joe Leach – helped to put Sussex on the ropes after they had been put into bat on the pitch used by Kidderminster for Saturday’s Birmingham League fixture before the heavens opened.

But then Brown and Jordan joined forces and opted for an aggressive counter-attacking approach in adding an unbroken 83 in 18 overs for the seventh wicket. The same pair had joined forces at 68-6 in the recent match at Northamptonshire – and put on 309.

A sizeable crowd greeted the first Championship fixture at Chester Road since 2008 after floods had engulfed Blackfinch New Road and prompted the change of venue. Adam Finch took the new ball in tandem with Leach and the England Under-19 paceman made the first breakthrough to remove makeshift opener Will Beer who has replaced the injured Phil Salt.

Beer hit 97 in the role against Gloucestershire at Arundel last week but today made only three before he pushed forward and edged Finch through to keeper Ben Cox. It was the introduction of Parnell to the attack that sent the wickets tumbling. Harry Finch (0) drove hard at the 29-year-old and was pouched by Josh Dell at backward point.

Then two wickets went in the same over from Parnell to leave Sussex on 55-4. Wells (29) flicked Parnell off his legs to Barnard at mid wicket and then Laurie Evans (2) lost his off stump. The last ball before lunch accounted for Stiaan van Zyl (28) who pushed forward to Leach and was bowled.

Parnell broke through again in his second over of the afternoon as he trapped David Wiese (5) lbw. Jordan survived a difficult chance before he had scored from a Parnell delivery with Barnard at backward point unable to grasp onto the one-handed opportunity.

He profited from this let-off in cover driving and cutting Parnell for four before lofting spinner Brett D’Oliveira for six over deep mid wicket. Brown went to his half century from 85 balls with 10 fours before the rain intervened and prevented no play after an early tea.

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