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

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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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Volunteers recognised at annual awards at Sussex Cricket

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At the largest event in the awards’ history, 200 of the hardest working volunteers in the recreational game from across Sussex assembled for the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) ceremony at the 1st Central County Ground on Friday.

Each year, the Sussex Cricket Foundation host those who have been nominated by their fellow volunteers for making a huge contribution to the development of cricket in their area. Six nationally recognised awards were handed out during the evening’s proceedings, in addition to two Sussex awards for ‘All Stars Cricket Activator of the Year’ & ‘Groundsman of the Year’. Pictured are the winners below

Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham CC & East Dean & Friston CC) - Young Volunteer of the Year

Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham CC & East Dean & Friston CC) – Young Volunteer of the Year

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Greg Denton (Sussex Cricket deputy head groundsman) (l) & Ian Paine (Eastergate CC)

Greg Denton (Sussex Cricket deputy head groundsman) (l) & Ian Paine (Eastergate CC)

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Kieran Baker (West Wittering CC) Young Volunteer of the Year 14-18 years old

Kieran Baker (West Wittering CC) Young Volunteer of the Year 14-18 years old

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Ollie Smith (Sussex Cricket All Stars Cricket coordinator) (left) & All Stars Activator of the Year Henry Branson (East Dean & Friston CC)

Ollie Smith (Sussex Cricket All Stars Cricket coordinator) (left) & All Stars Activator of the Year Henry Branson (East Dean & Friston CC)

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Sussex turned down in bid to use Jofra Archer as promotion campaign comes to boil

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Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie praised his players for a win at Bristol that’s got them back in the hunt for county championship promotion – then revealed he had been turned down in a bid to get Jofra Archer released by England after the Ashes ends.

Gillespie said Sussex would go into the final two games – starting away to Derbyshire on Monday – happy to rely on their existing squad and not bringing in any new overseas men as some counties were doing.

But they won’t be able to use Archer, who has had a hectic summer with England and who starred at The Oval on Friday taking 6-62 as England bowled out Australia.

Talking about the division two promotion race, Gillespie said: “We are aware of the situation – if we win our last three games, then we have a great chance of getting to Division One. We’ve had an up and down season, but are coming good at the right time.

“I think our defeat against Durham was a turning point. Being bowled out for less than 100 was unacceptable and we’ve scored a lot more runs since then.

“Scoring runs on the pitches at Bristol is never easy and I was pleased with the way the guys applied themselves, particularly in the first innings. Winning in Bristol is hard to do and we have to be pleased with this result.

“I thought the bowlers were really disciplined as a group and that is something we need to take into the next game. It made a change for us not to rely on Ollie Robinson alone to take the wickets.”

Gillespie added: “I’ve asked Trevor Bayliss if we can have Jofra Archer back for the last game, but the answer was no. That’s fair enough, it was what I expected. We had a bit of a joke about it one the phone. We’ve decided not to bring in another overseas players for the last few games, like some of the other counties have done. We’ll go with what we’ve got.”

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Inaugural Sussex Slam to include historic cup competitions

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The Sussex Slam is delighted to confirm that both the historic Mirfield and Gullick Cups will be a key part of the competition.

Each Slam region will split into knockout stages after the initial group stages to crown both championship and plate winners who will go onto the Countywide finals’ day to compete against their equivalents from other regions.

The Sussex Slam has confirmed that the region that includes the Horsham district area will compete for the Mirfield Cup at the championship level and the Gullick Cup will see its winners enter that regions Plate knockout phase.

Sussex Slam competition manager Matt Camp said: “There is a significant amount of cricketing history across Sussex and it is imperative that The Slam embraces that but at the same time builds upon it for the sake of our game’s future.

“As such I am delighted that we are able to work with Chris Shambrook (Gullick Cup competition manager) to both resurrect the Mirfield Cup and provide some of the many benefits of The Slam to the successful Gullick Cup.”

The Sussex Slam is a midweek T20 cricket competition starting in summer 2020 and follows on from a successful launch in Surrey in 2018.

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