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Sussex build lead of 100-plus over Gloucestershire

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Sussex ended day two of their crucial county championship clash with Gloucestershire more than 100 ahead and with three first-innings wickets intact.

David Payne claimed 3-58 to keep promotion-chasing Gloucestershire in contention but Phil Salt top-scored with 64 and Luke Wells made 42 as Sussex, at one stage handily-placed on 151-1, established a first-innings advantage.

Payne inspired a recovery of sorts, but the visitors were on 313-7 by the close of a stop-start day on which 23 overs were lost to bad light despite the County Ground floodlights being turned on throughout.

Sussex boast a useful lead of 113 at the halfway stage, but Gloucestershire can take some encouragement from a pitch which is already flattening out and an improved weather forecast for the next two days.

The chief difference between the sides so far being the erratic contribution of new Gloucestershire overseas signing Shannon Gabriel, who no-balled on 10 occasions and conceded 94 runs from 16 overs.

Resuming on 73 without loss, Sussex picked up where they left off at the end of the first day, Wells and Salt scoring at a good tempo on an increasingly low and slow pitch. Their opening stand was worth 100 in the 25th over when the home side finally engineered the breakthrough they so desperately needed.

Gloucestershire’s most effective bowler, Payne slanted a teasing delivery across Salt, who edged to second slip and was well held by James Bracey for 64. His 83-ball innings featured 11 fours and afforded the reply solid foundations.

Thereafter, Wells came out of his shell and took charge of a progressive stand of 51 for the second wicket with Tom Haines as Sussex threatened to take complete control of the game.

Called into the attack shortly before lunch, slow left-armer Tom Smith provided overdue relief for the home side, luring Haines into front-foot indiscretion and inducing him to snick to Bracey at second slip for 22. Encouraged by that success, Gloucestershire’s bowlers built pressure to initiate a slide in which Sussex subsided from 151-1 to 177-4 during an afternoon session in which nine overs were lost to bad light.

Payne inspired the fightback, claiming two wickets for two runs in a six-over burst which contained four maidens. Wells departed soon after lunch for 42, pushing half forward at a length ball and edging to second slip where Bracey again demonstrated safe hands.

Attempting a wholly inappropriate shot in the circumstances, Delray Rawlins was next to go, top-edging a catch to wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick and departing for 10. The fifth wicket pair of Stiaan van Zyl and Ben Brown sought to consolidate, surviving a testing examination at the hands of West Indies paceman Gabriel, who produced his best spell of the match in the late-afternoon gloom.

Obdurate in their resistance, Brown and van Zyl carried Sussex into the lead before the latter was pinned lbw in his crease by Matt Taylor for 28. Following a further break for bad light, Ben Charlesworth took centre stage,the teenage all-rounder claiming two wickets in five balls, removing Brown for 24 and then producing a fine delivery to have Chris Jordan caught behind for six.

Thereafter, David Wiese (40 not out) and Will Beer (28 not out) staged an unbroken partnership of 46 for the eighth wicket, in the process negotiating nine overs against the new ball as Sussex finished ascendant.

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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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