Sussex County Cricket Club

Sussex County Cricket Club
One-day name: Sussex Sharks
Captain: Luke Wright
Coach: Mark Davis
Overseas player(s): TBA
Founded: 1839
Home ground: County Cricket Ground, Hove
Capacity: 7,000
First-class debut: MCC
in 1839
at Lord's
Championship wins: 3
National League/Pro40 wins: 3
FP Trophy wins: 5
Twenty20 Cup wins: 1
NatWest Pro40 wins: 1
Official website:

Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Sussex. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club was founded as a successor to the various Sussex county cricket teams, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, which had been representative of the county of Sussex as a whole since the 1720s. These teams always had senior status and so the county club is rated accordingly from inception: i.e., classified by substantial sources as holding important match status from 1839 to 1894;[1][2] classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the County Championship clubs;[3] classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963;[4] and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003.[5]

The club colours are traditionally blue and white and the shirt sponsors are Palmer and Harvey for all LV County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches and Jointing Technologies for NatWest Blast T20 matches. Its home ground is the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex also play matches around the county at Arundel, Eastbourne and Horsham.

Sussex won its first ever official County Championship title in 2003 and subsequently became the dominant team of the decade, repeating the success in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Sussex achieved "the double", beating Lancashire to clinch the C&G Trophy, before winning the County Championship following an emphatic victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, in which Sussex defeated their hosts by an innings and 245 runs.[6] Sussex then won the title for the third time in five years in 2007, when in a nail-biting finale on the last day of the season,[7] Sussex defeated Worcestershire early in the day and then had to wait until past five o'clock as title rivals Lancashire narrowly failed to beat Surrey – prompting relieved celebrations at the County Cricket Ground, Hove.[8] Sussex enjoyed further limited overs success with consecutive Pro40 wins in 2008 and 2009 as well as beating Somerset at Edgbaston to lift the 2009 Twenty20 Cup. The south coast county ended the decade having won ten trophies in ten years.

On 1 November 2015, Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC) merged with the Sussex Cricket Board (SCB) to form a single governing body for cricket in Sussex, called Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL).[9]


Sussex field against Derbyshire at Hove on 24 April 2005

First XI honours

Division Two (2) – 2001, 2010 [10]
Division Two (2) – 1999, 2005

Second XI honours


  1. Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006)
  2. Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998)

Earliest cricket

The Arthur Gilligan stand at Hove

Sussex, along with Kent, is believed to be the birthplace of cricket. It is believed that cricket was invented by children living on the Weald in Anglo-Saxon or Norman times.[15]

See : History of cricket to 1725

The first definite mention of cricket in Sussex relates to ecclesiastical court records in 1611 which state that two parishioners of Sidlesham in West Sussex failed to attend church on Easter Sunday because they were playing cricket. They were fined 12d each and made to do penance.

Cricket became established in Sussex during the 17th century and the earliest village matches took place before the English Civil War. It is believed that the earliest county teams were formed in the aftermath of the Restoration in 1660. In 1697, the earliest "great match" recorded was for 50 guineas apiece between two elevens at a venue in Sussex: it was possibly an inter-county match and it has been classified as the earliest known important match in cricket history.[16]

Matches involving the two great Sussex patrons Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond and Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet were first recorded in 1725. The earliest known use of Sussex in a match title occurred in 1729. From 1741, Richmond patronised the famous Slindon Cricket Club, whose team was representative of the county.

After the death of Richmond in 1751, Sussex cricket declined until the emergence of the Brighton club at its Prince of Wales Ground in 1790. This club sustained cricket in Sussex through the Napoleonic Wars and, as a result, the county team was very strong in the 1820s when it included the great bowlers Jem Broadbridge and William Lillywhite.

For information about Sussex county teams before the formation of Sussex CCC, see : Sussex county cricket teams

Origin of club

The Pavilion at Hove

On 17 June 1836, the Sussex Cricket Fund was set up to support county matches, after a meeting in Brighton. This led directly to the formation on 1 March 1839 of Sussex County Cricket Club, England's oldest county club. Sussex CCC played its initial first-class match versus Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord's on 10 & 11 June 1839.[15]

Sussex crest

The Sussex crest depicts a mythological, footless bird called the Martlet, and is similar to Coat of arms of Sussex. Capped players have six martlets on their sweaters, and the crest with gold trimming on their caps; uncapped players instead have only the club crest on their left breast, and white trimming on their caps.[11]

Sussex grounds

Exit of the County Ground at Hove

In total, Sussex CCC have played at 17 grounds, 4 of which have been in Brighton and Hove. The first County match was played at Eaton Road on 6 June 1872 against Gloucestershire.[11] Currently, the main venue for the Club's First and Second XI is The County Ground in Hove, although matches are also played regularly at the grounds at Arundel and Horsham. Other grounds for first class matches have included Sheffield Park, Chichester, Worthing, Eastbourne and Hastings.[11]

Current squad

No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
15 Matt Machan double-dagger  Scotland 15 February 1991 Left-handed Right arm off break
23 Chris Nash*  England 19 May 1983 Right-handed Right arm off break
24 Ed Joyce* double-dagger  Ireland 22 September 1978 Left-handed Right arm medium Former England ODI and t20I player
28 Philip Salt  England 28 August 1996 Right-handed Right arm off break
31 Luke Wells*  England 29 December 1990 Left-handed Right arm off break
Tom Haines  England 28 October 1998 Left-handed Right arm medium
Stiaan van Zyl double-dagger  South Africa 19 September 1987 Right-handed Right arm medium Kolpak player
6 Harry Finch  England 10 February 1995 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
8 Chris Jordan* double-dagger  England 4 October 1988 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
10 Luke Wright* double-dagger  England 7 March 1985 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Club captain
Delray Rawlins  Bermuda 14 September 1997 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
26 Ben Brown*  England 23 November 1988 Right-handed Vice captain
4 Ajmal Shahzad double-dagger  England 27 July 1985 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
7 Tymal Mills double-dagger  England 12 August 1992 Right-handed Left arm fast T20 only
18 Will Beer  England 8 October 1988 Right-handed Right arm leg break
21 Danny Briggs double-dagger  England 30 April 1991 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
22 Jofra Archer  West Indies 1 April 1995 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium UK passport
25 Ollie Robinson  England 1 December 1993 Right-handed Right arm medium
27 George Garton  England 15 April 1997 Left-handed Left arm medium-fast
29 Stu Whittingham  Scotland 10 February 1994 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
64 Steve Magoffin*  Australia 17 December 1979 Left-handed Right arm fast-medium UK passport[17]
Abidine Sakande  England 22 September 1994 Right-handed Right arm medium
Source:[18] Updated: 5 April 2016

Coaching Staff

Noted Sussex players

For more details on this topic, see List of Sussex CCC players.

This list includes those Sussex players who have played in Test cricket since 1877, One Day International cricket since 1971, or has made outstanding contributions (e.g., scoring most runs or taking most wickets in a season).

Australia Australia

Bangladesh Bangladesh

England England

Pakistan Pakistan

South Africa South Africa

West Indies West Indies Cricket Board

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe


Most first-class runs for Sussex
Qualification – 20,000 runs

John Langridge 34,150
Kenneth Suttle 29,375
Jim Parks junior 29,138
James Langridge 28,894
Ted Bowley 25,439
Joseph Vine 24,120
George Cox junior 22,687
Henry Parks 21,692
Charles Fry 20,626
Thomas Cook 20,176
Alan Oakman 20,117

Most first-class wickets for Sussex
Qualification – 1,000 wickets

Maurice Tate 2,211
George Cox senior 1,810
Albert Relf 1,594
Ian Thomson 1,527
James Langridge 1,416
Fred Tate 1,306
Albert Wensley 1,067
Jim Cornford 1,019



Highest partnership for each wicket




  1. Mendis was eligible to play for either England or Sri Lanka, but did not represent either of them in international cricket.
  2. Joyce has previously played International Cricket for England.


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