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Sussex hit by surprise departure of pace bowler

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Reece Topley will leave Sussex after rejecting a long-term contract offer from the club.

As a free agent and following back surgery, the 25-year-old was helped back to fitness by Sussex’s medical and coaching staff earlier this year before joining the county for the remainder of the 2019 season in July.

Despite a subsequent successful return to first-team action that saw the left-arm seamer play his first T20 Blast and Championship matches since the 2017 season, Topley has decided that his future lies elsewhere.

A Sussex statement said: “Sussex Cricket is disappointed not to have been able to convince Reece to resign for Sussex. Nevertheless, the club would like to thank him for his contributions to the team during the season and to wish him well at his new club.”

The departure of the former Hampshire and Essex left-arm bowler is a surprise less than three months after he joined for the rest of the 2019 season.

Topley said at the time of his switch to Hove: “I’ve had to take a step back with my game for a while, so to be back in a place where I can contribute for Sussex is really exciting. I’m looking forward not only to be playing again, but to being back in the dressing room and working with the rest of the squad and the coaches here at the club.

“It’s been a long time out rehabbing, so if I can make it through to the end of the season fit and having contributed to the team and then work hard during the off-season so I am at my best for the start of next summer, I’ll be thrilled. I’m so grateful to Sussex for the use of all the facilities and personnel over the last few months. Everyone here has given me 100% effort and the ‘can do’ attitude around the place has been incredible and has surpassed any expectations I had.”

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Sussex and Horsham hotshot top scores for England U19s in defeat

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Sussex and Horsham starlet Tom Clark top scored for England U19s but couldn’t prevent them losing to West Indies U19s in their opening game of Group B in the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup.

The West Indies secured a 71-run win in Kimberley, South Africa by the Duckworth-Lewis method to top the group after taking two wins from two.

The Caribbean outfit, who were put in by England after winning the toss, scored 267-7 off their allotted 50 overs.

Clark top scored with 38 for the young Lions as they scored 184-9 in a rain affected 43.4 overs.

Kevlon Anderson (86 not out) and Nyeem Young (66 off 41 balls) did the damage for the West Indies in the first innings.

The duo put on 101-runs for the sixth wicket to help them to a sizeable final total.

Clark showed his effectiveness in the field by taking the catch of Kirk McKenzie (12) off the bowling of Lewis Goldsworthy (2-28) at 100-3.

England’s reply saw openers Jordan Cox (20) and Ben Charlesworth (36) combine for a 53-run partnership.

The loss of Cox brought Clark to the crease and the youngster began to push England on.

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The left-hander and Jack Haynes (27), batting at four, struck 51 for the third-wicket before Clark was taken lbw by Ashmead Nedd (2-35) at 120-3.

Clark’s innings of 38 off 53 balls consisted of four boundaries and a maximum.

The loss of the Haywards Heath-born batsman sparked an England collapse.

England lurched from 120-3 to 131-5 before rain stopped play in the 33rd over .

Play eventually resumed but the young Lions stuttered to 151-8 off 38 overs.

Kasey Aldridge’s cameo of 21 off 20 balls helped England to 174 before he was taken with seven overs to go.

Blake Cullen (seven not out) and Hamidullah Qadri (four not out) looked to be England’s unlikely saviours but the rain came and washed away the young Lions’ chances of victory.

England take on second-placed Australia on Thursday before concluding the group phase against third-placed Nigeria two days later.

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Bangladesh T20 title for Bopara – Jordan struggles – Salt stars for Adelaide

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Ravi Bopara’s Bangladesh Premier League campaign with Rajshahi Royals ended in triumph when they won the tournament..

The Royals lost their first qualifier to Khulna Tigers by 27 runs with Bopara – who has joined Sussex for 2020 – taking 1-24 and making just one run.

Bopara was left out for the next qualifier versus Chattogram Challengers despite his excellent form throughout the tournamentt. The Royals won by two wickets.

The all-rounder was yet again missing in the Royals XI for the final versus Khulna Tigers, which the Royals won by 21 runs as Bopara won his third BPL title.

In Australia, it was another mixed week for Chris Jordan’s Perth Scorchers. They started the week with a thumping 77-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Jordan making one run and taking figures of 1-16.

However, they were then beaten twice within the space of three days by table-topping Melbourne Stars, the first game seeing the Scorchers bowled out for just 86 and losing by eight wickets, Jordan making just one run and going wicketless. The second game was a closer affair but still a defeat for the Scorchers, losing by 10 runs with Jordan making two runs and going wicketless again.

It was a better week for Phil Salt, Rashid Khan and Travis Head with the Adelaide Strikers.

It didn’t start well with a seven-wicket defeat to Brisbane Heat as they were bowled out for just 110, Rashid top-scoring with 28 as well as taking figures of 1-30 and Head (8) and Salt (7) making single-digit scores. However, they bounced back in style as they thrashed the Heat in the reverse fixture three days, beating them by 10 wickets.

Rashid (1-15) and Head (1-4) chipped in with the ball before Salt became star of the show as he smashed 67 off just 38 balls to help chase down the 101-run target.

The Strikers finished their week on a high with a 10-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Salt (13) and Rashid (0-40) offered little but Head was to star this time as his 79 off 40 balls earned him man of the match.

Meanwhile, Danni Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss and Freya Davies all received some big news this week as they were called up to England’s T20 World Cup squad.

It’s will be the third time Wyatt has featured at a T20 World Cup having previously played in the 2016 and 2018 additions of the tournament. Furthermore, it will be a second appearance for Elwiss at a World Cup and a debut World Cup appearance for Davies.

The tournament will start in Australia on February 21 with the final on March 8, with England drawn in a group with South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand.

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England fixtures cement The 1st Central County Ground’s position as home of women’s cricket

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The 1st Central County Ground, Hove has further cemented its position as the home of women’s cricket in England and Wales after being chosen to host two England internationals this summer.

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