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Old 28th July 2017, 15:11   #1381
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Matt Machan has had to retire with a wrist injury which is a massive shame. A talented biffer of the ball that looked like cementing a place in the side a year or two ago. That's Prior, Yardy, Hamilton-Brown and Machan gone in recent times and it's hard to replace that kind of quality.
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Old 28th July 2017, 17:43   #1382
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Prior, Yardy, Hamilton-Brown and Machan gone in recent times and it's hard to replace that kind of quality.
And Joyce, too, who was the best of the lot.

But what do they do with their wrists down in Brighton & Hove?

That's Hamilton-Brown and Machan retired within the space of two years with wrist injuries.

Do Sussex not have a wrist coach?
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Old 28th August 2017, 10:06   #1383
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Glamorgan's statement of priorities in choosing their squad for the match against Sussex at Colwyn Bay makes interesting reading: "With the Welsh County reaching NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day (Saturday, 2nd September), a number of players have been rested for the journey north presenting an opportunity for younger players to make their mark. In total, eight players who have gone through the Glamorgan Academy have been selected within the squad.."

Unless there is either very bad weather in the NorthWest or a major Sussex pratfall we appear to have been given an opportunity to rack up maximum points. I wonder how the more litigious counties in the 2nd division chasing pack will view this?
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Old 28th August 2017, 10:37   #1384
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Glamorgan's statement of priorities in choosing their squad for the match against Sussex at Colwyn Bay makes interesting reading: "With the Welsh County reaching NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day (Saturday, 2nd September), a number of players have been rested for the journey north presenting an opportunity for younger players to make their mark. In total, eight players who have gone through the Glamorgan Academy have been selected within the squad.."

Unless there is either very bad weather in the NorthWest or a major Sussex pratfall we appear to have been given an opportunity to rack up maximum points. I wonder how the more litigious counties in the 2nd division chasing pack will view this?
I can think of one county, situated not a million miles from Sussex, that might be quietly simmering.

This goes back to the recent discussion in the 'CC Division Two' thread. There's no point in slating the Championship for being below standard when there are so many unstoppable outside influences forcing it to be so.
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Old 28th August 2017, 11:32   #1385
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I wonder how the more litigious counties in the 2nd division chasing pack will view this?
Well they would need a good lawyer:

2 Full Strength Teams

In order to maintain the integrity of First Class County
competitions and the Women’s Cricket Super League
and to not put the ECB in breach of any undertakings
under the ECB’s sponsorship and broadcasting
contracts, each First Class County Cricket Club and
Women’s Cricket Super League Team shall play a full
strength team in all matches in the ECB County
Championship, the NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal
London One-Day Cup and the Women’s Cricket Super
League. If the ECB Chief Executive considers that an
‘under strength’ team has been fielded without a
satisfactory explanation having been provided (either
before or after the match)
they shall refer the matter to
the CDC which has the power to impose an unlimited
fine and/or the deduction of points as it thinks
appropriate.
This policy does not exclude the resting of regular first
team players in accordance with standard practice, the
unavailability of players due to injury or the selection of
inexperienced up and coming staff players,
but
emphasises that First Class Counties and Women’s
Cricket Super League Teams must balance their desire
to rest players and/or provide experience for young
players with their responsibility to maintain the integrity
of First Class County competitions and the Women’s
Cricket Super League.
A First Class County or Women’s Cricket Super League
Team that is concerned about the risk of breaching this
Directive should seek guidance from the ECB Chief
Executive (or the ECB Head of Operations (First Class
Cricket) or Director of England Women’s Cricket acting
on behalf of the Chief Executive) on reasonable notice in
advance of the match in question.



By the way, Hampshire don't have to do this, as they have a free week to prepare for Finals Day, unlike the other 3 clubs.
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Old 28th August 2017, 12:17   #1386
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As So77 suggests, Kent will be fuming - although we knew it was going to happen. I mentioned it in the CC Div Two thread a few days ago after Rudolph announced it in his Sky interview immediately after the q/f, so if the ECB was concerned about it, they've had five days to warn Glamorgan but declined to do so.

Under the belligerant old chairman George Kennedy, Kent would have lodged a formal complaint and Kennedy would have taken to the press with noisy but hollow threats of legal action against the ECB if they didn't do his bidding.

But new chairman Simon Phillip's first love is horse-racing and as a man of the turf he knows all about odds.

As a result he's not so stupid as his predecessor as to keep on backing non-runners and it is a great relief that this is the first season in several years that Kent have got to August without throwing their toys out of their kit bag and issuing legal threats against the game's governing body (none of which have got anywhere, of course, and have merely created bad blood).
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Old 30th August 2017, 18:01   #1387
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Kent will be fuming more than ever after Glamorgan Seconds ran Sussex so close...if they had played only one or two more first-teamers Sussex would surely have lost.

Great return to the side for Ollie Robinson with both bat and ball. I've liked him ever since seeing him play for Kent seconds some years back. He's been out for ages I think with shin splints, which sounds like a trivial condition but can actually be career-ending - I remember a young left-armer at Kent called Ash Shaw, who was forced to retire at 23 due to the condition.

This game has shown how much Sussex have missed Robinson (who is Paul Farbrace's stepson, btw). He took almost 50 wkts in his first full season and before he got injured I thought he was putting himself in contention for an England Lions place.

And nobody should be surprised that he got Sussex over the line with the bat at nine wkts down today. It's not so long ago that he and the late Matt Hobden put on more than 150 for the tenth wkt in a CC first division game.

He's a far better all-rounder than Sussex's Kolpak man Wiese, while a seam battery of Magoffin (if he ever gets fit again), Jordan, Archer and Robinson with Garton and Whittingham in reserve has the potential to be as good as anything in Div One. Kent would kill for a seam attack half as strong as that!
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Old 30th August 2017, 19:11   #1388
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Kent rested players against Essex in the last round of the 50 competition. Had they have beaten Essex and Somerset won their match then Somerset would have bypassed the quarter finals which they lost in. They can hardly complain when others do the same.
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Old 15th September 2017, 20:57   #1389
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What is wrong with Sussex?

They rival Notts as the best bowling attack in Div Two, and the batting on paper is as good as any.

Yet only Glam, Derbys and Leics have lost more matches.

And they fully deserved Derbys beating them at Hove.

They prepared a pitch intended to suit an XI which they ludicrously packed with five seamers - and were then comprehensively outplayed.

I've always admired Sussex as my 'second team' and as a well-run non-TMG club. In terms of results and trophies won, they were the team of the decade from 2001-2010 and deservedly so.

But fast forward to 2017 and they desperately need someone with a bit of chutzpah to remotivate an underforming squad that seems to be totally lacking in self-belief.

The current coaching set-up - which seems to consist exclusively of a cosy club of recently retired Sussex grandees - surely needs a root-and-branch shake-up...

Chris Adams?
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Old 18th September 2017, 11:46   #1390
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What is wrong with Sussex?

They rival Notts as the best bowling attack in Div Two, and the batting on paper is as good as any.
Disagree about the batting, it's woeful and has been for many years, the complete weakness of the squad which has not been rectified. It is the reason that they lose as many matches as they win, they don't bat long enough to have draws.

The top 5 just doesn't score runs or hang around long. Luke Wright now looks a spent force in FC Cricket (to be honest, he was poor in limited overs too). A keeper at 6 followed by bowling all rounders is asking for trouble and it usually turns up, especially when opting to bowl first and then conceding over 300.

Still not sure the bowling attack is that great apart from Jof Archer who should become an England International once qualified.
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Not announced yet but Sussex have sacked head coach Mark Davis for failing to deliver promotion from Div Two.

Announcement in a day or two when they've sorted out the compensation package.

Word is that he has been ousted in a palace coup staged by his senior players, Wright, Nash, Brown and Wells. According to one rumour, Wright threatened to leave unless Davis went...
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Old 13th October 2017, 21:50   #1392
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Chris Adams is circling. CEO Rob Andrew is tempted and recognises Grizzly has all the alpha-male attributes. But he will have a helluva job to convince the rest of the Sussex board.

Jon Lewis also in the frame - which perhaps explains why a couple of weeks ago Davis was advocating that Lewis should leave Sussex and replace Gibson as England bowling coach.

I feel a little sorry for Davis as he inherited a pathetically under-performing relegated team from Mark Robinson, who had lost the plot after doing the job for too long.

But I'm sure a change of scenery will revive his career- just as it did for Robinson.
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Word is that he has been ousted in a palace coup staged by his senior players, Wright, Nash, Brown and Wells. According to one rumour, Wright threatened to leave unless Davis went...
A shame they didn't let Wright leave then - a shadow of the player he once was. I saw highlights of the 2010 T20 World Cup last night, funny to see him bowling quite a key over. Must be 5 years since he last bowled and his batting is now wretched. Nash is just his buddy and his batting too is less than consistent.

I'd sooner we got rid of these two and worked with some of the talented youngsters starting to emerge.
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A shame they didn't let Wright leave then - a shadow of the player he once was. I saw highlights of the 2010 T20 World Cup last night, funny to see him bowling quite a key over. Must be 5 years since he last bowled and his batting is now wretched. Nash is just his buddy and his batting too is less than consistent.

I'd sooner we got rid of these two and worked with some of the talented youngsters starting to emerge.
Didn't he only bowl one over and not bat in that tournament or something?

I still think Wright and Nash are important players, the latter probably falling 'victim' of the benefit year (should be opening with Wells, too) and Wright not being captain material, struggling to get on with Davis from what I've read. I'm not sure we have enough young batsmen knocking the door down to get rid of them. I hope we set our sets high with the new coach
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Gillespie as coach is a great coup for Sussex, so long as the Aussies don't suddenly get a vacancy in the near future.
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yes hoping Gillespie will inject some steel into a talented outfit , although Sussex are a bit short on proven batting experience, so could do with at least one good signing (which might come from overseas route) .

There are some very talented young bowlers starting to come through which bodes well for the future, although these days its not easy to retain the talent, with bigger counties sniffing around
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