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Old 5th June 2008, 10:01   #181
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It may be of peripheral interest but near where my own cricket match was being played on Sunday Hertfordshire Under 14s were playing Sussex U14s on the main square. Sussex got about 227 and Herts got bowled out very cheaply indeed. Sussex seemed to have lads who were a lot bigger and quicker opening their bowling compared to the Herts lot.
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Old 6th June 2008, 21:33   #182
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Day 2:

Sussex 421-7 lead Gloucestershire 130 all out & 4-0 by 267 runs ...
Sussex dominated the second day's play at Horsham in the Second Eleven Championship today.

Sussex built upon their overnight score of 259-5, with Michael Thornely scoring a magnificent 157, with 21 fours, and Tom Smith scoring 103, including 11 fours. Ragheb Aga scored an exciting 37 not out off 20 balls to take Sussex to 421-7 when they declared.

The Gloucestershire batsman did not find it so easy and limped to 130 all out. The centurion Tom Smith was the pick of the bowlers with 4-14. Will Beer took 3-56 and Ollie Rayner pitched in with 2-14. Sussex asked Gloucestershire to bat again and they finished the day on 4-0, still 267 runs behind.

So we know from the first two days that Hodd, Thornely, Hamilton-Brown, Brown, Rayner, Smith, Aga, Beer and Gould are playing.

Day 3:

The Sussex Second XI managed to wrap up the victory today, as they bowled Gloucestershire out for 184 at Horsham.

Gloucestershire put up a good fight, holding out until 5pm today, but the shackles were eventually broken as Sussex emerged victorious. Ollie Rayner was the pick of the bowlers with 5-62 off 32 overs. Will Beer picked up 3 wickets for 73 runs off 32.2 overs. Chris Liddle and Tom Smith both took a wicket each for the champions.
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Old 6th June 2008, 22:15   #183
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Not much to pick between your spinners, is there?
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Old 6th June 2008, 23:23   #184
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No not really Rey. Rayner took 7 wickets, Beer 6 and Smith 5.

Well done to Thornely on scoring 157 and on Smith (103) getting his maiden 2XI century.
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Old 11th June 2008, 21:45   #185
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Unlucky Sussex, was a great advert for T20 today! Right down to the last balls!!

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Old 12th June 2008, 22:58   #186
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Thornely also scored 133* in a combined Kent and Sussex 2XI against Hampshire 2XI at the Rose Bowl last month.
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Old 2nd July 2008, 14:14   #187
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I was saying we have young up and coming seamers at Sussex but two more seamers, Jordan Rollings and Lewis Hatchett, have joined the Academy. Both have had their injury problems recently but have joined the Academy having proved their fitness. Of the 11 players in the Academy SIX seamers! These are:

Will Adkin 18
Jordon Rollings 18
Lewis Hatchett 18
James Thorpe 17
Matt Geffen 17
Devon Endersby 16

Adkin is a 6"7 bowling all-rounder, Hatchett is a left arm seamer and 6"10 Rollings a right arm seamer at Brighton College which sounds a bit like Martin-Jenkins, Lewry and Kirtley. Sussex only hope they become as good as the afformentioned trio.

Thorpe was born in Geneva, Switzerland and Endersby is a English qualified South African! Adkin got his name in the paper yesterday by catching Andrew Flintoff whilst acting as substitute fielder for Jason Lewry.

On a seperate note, well done to 17 year old left handed batsman Matt Machan on scoring your maiden 2XI half century (56 off 48 balls) against MCCYC.

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Old 3rd July 2008, 13:24   #188
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Mushy is going to see a knee specialist tomorrow. Sadly, it looks like he could be nearing the end of his playing days at Sussex, but he's left a terrific legacy. He says he wants to stay on as a coach which would be great with Rayner, Smith, Beer and Hamilton-Brown on the staff. Peter Moores should get on the phone to him as well and get him involved with England.

For me, it seems the ideal time to say goodbye to Kirtley, Lewry and Collymore at the end of the season. With the spinners on the staff, then Ryan Harris would be the ideal replacement for Mushy. We do need an opener, and the Sussex message board suggest that Stephen Moore is a possibility, and he is about as good an option as there is, and we should try our best to sign him. Then there is the issue with how much longer Chris Adams is likely to stay at the club. His batting has been poor by his standards. I would suggest that he moved upstairs and became coach, and just have a one-day playing contract for next year. Whilst Robbo has been terrific, Adams has been the driving force behind the team imo, and is the right man for the job.

The obvious candidate to take over as captain is Prior, who has filled in when necessary this season, with Yardy as vice-captain.

Nash, Moore, Yardy, Goodwin, Prior*+, Wright, D. Smith, RMJ, Beer/Rayner, Harris, Liddle

with RHB, Aga, Thornley, Hodd, Brown and Tom Smith in reserve, plus Adams in one day cricket and emergencies. I'm not too bothered about Hopkinson staying on personally. I think that side still has a lot of quality to it, provided they can get an experienced opener to partner Nash, so Moore is a priority, along with Harris, or someone else similar to Rana and Arafat
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Old 3rd July 2008, 13:32   #189
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Mushy is going to see a knee specialist tomorrow. Sadly, it looks like he could be nearing the end of his playing days at Sussex, but he's left a terrific legacy. He says he wants to stay on as a coach which would be great with Rayner, Smith, Beer and Hamilton-Brown on the staff. Peter Moores should get on the phone to him as well and get him involved with England.

For me, it seems the ideal time to say goodbye to Kirtley, Lewry and Collymore at the end of the season. With the spinners on the staff, then Ryan Harris would be the ideal replacement for Mushy. We do need an opener, and the Sussex message board suggest that Stephen Moore is a possibility, and he is about as good an option as there is, and we should try our best to sign him. Then there is the issue with how much longer Chris Adams is likely to stay at the club. His batting has been poor by his standards. I would suggest that he moved upstairs and became coach, and just have a one-day playing contract for next year. Whilst Robbo has been terrific, Adams has been the driving force behind the team imo, and is the right man for the job.

The obvious candidate to take over as captain is Prior, who has filled in when necessary this season, with Yardy as vice-captain.

Nash, Moore, Yardy, Goodwin, Prior*+, Wright, D. Smith, RMJ, Beer/Rayner, Harris, Liddle

with RHB, Aga, Thornley, Hodd, Brown and Tom Smith in reserve, plus Adams in one day cricket and emergencies. I'm not too bothered about Hopkinson staying on personally. I think that side still has a lot of quality to it, provided they can get an experienced opener to partner Nash, so Moore is a priority, along with Harris, or someone else similar to Rana and Arafat

Your current spin coach has applied for a job with Moores and England so there may be a vacancy
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I can see Adams, Collymore, Hodd, Hopkinson, Kirtley, Lewry and Mushtaq all going at the end of the season. Hopkinson isn't good enough. I can't see Hodd waiting around another season for his chance. Collymore is nothing special. I can see Adams, Kirtley, Lewry and Mushtaq all retiring at the end of the season.

What we need in the winter is two openers and two new ball bowlers. One of the new ball bowlers should be an overseas seamer. Yasir Arafat would be a fantastic signing. Harris is the last player I would sign! I would go into next season with a squad of 19. No one in 2XI has done anything special. Of the 11 uncontracted players to have played for 2XI only Adkin, Beeny, Elliott, Gould, Piolet, Richardson and Tsotsobe are in a position to be offered a contract as the other four will still be in the Academy. I can't see Elliott, Richardson or Tsotsobe joining Sussex. Piolet is now playing for Warwickshire 2XI. Beeny and Gould aren't anything special. Adkin has only played 2XI games. Jordon Rollings and Lewis Hatchett (both seamers) are due to graduate from the Academy but don't have any 2XI experience.

I can't see Wright, Smith and Martin-Jenkins playing in the same XI as they are too similar.

It would be of great benefit to Sussex and Rayner, Smith and Beer were Mushy to become a spin bowling coach at Sussex. Hamilton-Brown should concentrate on his batting as this is his best chance of making the team.

My 2009 squad:

Batsmen: New opener, new opener, Goodwin, Yardy, Nash, Hamilton-Brown, Thornely
Keepers: Prior, Brown
Spinners: Beer, Rayner, Smith
Seamers: Overseas seamer, Other opening bowler, Martin-Jenkins, Wright, Smith, Liddle, Aga

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Finding two good new openers might be pushing it a bit, unfortunately. They really just need one person to replace Montgomerie, preferably someone they can get 5 years service out of (at least). I don't know what Bilal Shafayat's situation is, I know he's been disappointing and already moved about a lot but he seems a good talent that would do well at Hove. A long shot, but maybe RMJ could develop into an opener, like Irani did in his later days?

I agree on signing Yasir Arafat, and Rana, but I can't see them coming now. We've been the biggest victims of the decision to reduce the number of overseas players. It was a stupid rule change anyway because people have just gone for poorer quality Kolpaks to replace them. That is why Harris is the most obvious candidate. We can't exactly get on our high horse about it when Adams backed out of a contract with Yorkshire and then won us the Championship last year. Anyway, Sussex isn't really a club that bares grudges, and they have said openly that they would welcome Harris back. He is a definite must-sign imo.

What number does Thornley bat for the 2nd XI btw? Considering everyone else had a go in the twenty20, I thought it was a bit harsh that he didn't. Adkin's height could purely be worth a punt on a full-time contract. If Machan's old enough, then he would be worth a punt as well
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What number does Thornley bat for the 2nd XI btw? Considering everyone else had a go in the twenty20, I thought it was a bit harsh that he didn't. Adkin's height could purely be worth a punt on a full-time contract. If Machan's old enough, then he would be worth a punt as well
In the championship Thornley normally opens and at 3 in one-day matches. Yesterday he scored 103*, his third century of the season.

Adkin and Rollings at 6"7 and 6"10 interest me. With their height and the trejectury they deliver the ball from it would surely cause a lot of batsman trouble. However, both lack 2XI experience and it would be a massive gamble to promote either. I would rather play them in 2XI next season which we would be able to do with a smaller staff.

Machan has another year at Brighton College. The fact he was selected for the ECB Pace and Spin event at Loughborough speaks volumes for how highly Sussex must rate him as this was an event involving 60 of the brightest young prospects in English cricket.
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Finding two good new openers might be pushing it a bit, unfortunately. They really just need one person to replace Montgomerie, preferably someone they can get 5 years service out of (at least).
Sharkey - you maybe right about finding two good new openers. Hopefully we can attract an experienced opener who can bring Nash on.

An overseas seamer and an English / EU qualified seamer is must with this likely to be Lewry and Kirtley last season and with Collymore's contract unlikely to be renewed.

This would gave us a starting XI of: New opener, Nash, Yardy, Goodwin, Prior (c, +), D. Smith, Wright, Martin-Jenkins, Rayner, New seamer, Overseas seamer.

Reserves: Hamilton-Brown, Thornely, Brown, Beer, T. Smith, Aga, Liddle

In 2006, although we had only 18 players the squad was a lot stronger than it is now! I would like to see us do so again. This would allow Sussex to give Academy players like Machan, Wells, Davies, Adkin and Thorpe some much needed 2XI experience.

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Will Beer and Ben Brown have been named in the thirteen for the test series against New Zealand.

Here is the squad in full:

Alex Hales, Nottinghamshire
Luke Fletcher, Nottinghamshire
Ian Saxelby, Nottinghamshire
Tom Westley, Essex (c)
William Beer, Sussex
Ben Brown, Sussex (wk)
Liam Dawson, Hampshire
James Goodman, Kent
Daniel Redfern, Derbyshire
Ben Sanderson, Yorkshire
James Taylor, Leicestershire
Alex Wakely, Northamptonshire
Chris Woakes, Warwickshire

1st Test Match: July 26-29 - County Ground, Taunton
2nd Test Match: August 1-4 - County Ground, Worcester
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Luke Wells’ stunning all-round performance powered London & East to a comprehensive 185-run victory over the Midlands at the ECB Under-17 Regional Festival.

His fine 117 off just 106 balls was the centrepiece of London & East’s mammoth total of 312 for seven, to which the Midlands could only reply with 127 all out as Wells claimed 3-18.

Wells was one of three Sussex players to shine with the bat at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

Matthew Machan hit a rapid 45 at the top of the order, while Adam Davies smashed 19 off 10 balls late in the innings.
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Luke Wellsí stunning all-round performance powered London & East to a comprehensive 185-run victory over the Midlands at the ECB Under-17 Regional Festival.

His fine 117 off just 106 balls was the centrepiece of London & Eastís mammoth total of 312 for seven, to which the Midlands could only reply with 127 all out as Wells claimed 3-18.

Wells was one of three Sussex players to shine with the bat at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

Matthew Machan hit a rapid 45 at the top of the order, while Adam Davies smashed 19 off 10 balls late in the innings.
Is Luke part of the Wells clan, ie son of Alan or Colin?
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England have named the Under-17 squad to face New Zealand Under-19 in two matches next week.

The tourists provide the opposition in a one-day clash next Monday and a two-day encounter starting on Tuesday, both of which will take place at Sleaford CC in Lincolnshire.

England U17 Squad
James Goodman (Kent, captain)
Zafar Ansari (Surrey)
Sam Billings (Kent, wicketkeeper)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)
Nathan Buck (Leicestershire)
James Burke (Devon)
Joseph Buttler (Somerset)
Josh Hine (Lancashire)
Christopher Jones (Somerset)
Jack Manual (Staffordshire& Worcestershire)
Ravi Patel (Middlesex)
Atif Sheikh (Derbyshire)
James Vince (Hampshire)
Luke Wells (Sussex)
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Centuries from Thornely and Hodd put Sussex Seconds in strong position
31st July 2008

Sussex lead Kent by 43 runs, with four wickets remaining in the first innings
Sussex Second XI resumed their innings against Kent at Beckenham on the second day of their Second XI Championship match on 15-0 and managed to get up to 351-6, thanks to centuries from Michael Thornely and Andrew Hodd.

Struggling at 65-3, Hodd joined Thornely at the crease and put on 246 for the fourth wicket. Thornely made 137 from 260 balls, which consisted of 21 fours and a six, and Hodd scored 109 from 200 balls – in the process finding the boundary 10 times.

Martin Saggers was the pick of the bowlers for Kent and he returned figures of 4-42 from 20 overs.

Sussex will start the third and final day’s play 43 runs ahead of the hosts, with four wickets still in hand.
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