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Old 13th September 2007, 22:06   #101
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Strike bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has had his season ended by a serious shoulder injury, spinners Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed both have knee problems, Adams himself is limping on his left foot after being yorked by Plunkett and key batsman Murray Goodwin will be unable to play next week because he will be in Australia for his mother-in-law's funeral.

With Prior, Kirtley and Wright away with England we have just 11 fit players!
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Old 13th September 2007, 22:10   #102
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Bloody hell, what team will you put out next week?
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Old 13th September 2007, 22:11   #103
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Old 13th September 2007, 22:13   #104
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Wonder if he'll play Grade cricket in the winter since I've heard Jenner likes him.
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Old 13th September 2007, 22:41   #105
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Wonder if he'll play Grade cricket in the winter since I've heard Jenner likes him.
I hope he does. He has genuine potential but certainly some guidance from someone like Terry Jenner would do wonders for his development as a player.

Reydeespana - I don't know how serious Adams, Saqlain and Mushtaq injuries are but assuming they are out and provided no one else gets injured it will be:

Montgomerie
Nash
Yardy (c)
Thornely
Hopkinson
Hodd (+)
Martin-Jenkins
Rayner
Smith
Lewry
Liddle

Side on Sunday could conceivably be 2XI which won championship this week:

Piolet
Beeny
Thornely
Brown (+)
Rayner
Green
Gould
Machan
Smith
Aga
Beer

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Old 14th September 2007, 08:49   #106
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Strike bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has had his season ended by a serious shoulder injury, spinners Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed both have knee problems, Adams himself is limping on his left foot after being yorked by Plunkett and key batsman Murray Goodwin will be unable to play next week because he will be in Australia for his mother-in-law's funeral.

With Prior, Kirtley and Wright away with England we have just 11 fit players!
Some joker (not me) saw an ambulance near the Riverside ground after the game yesterday and said "That must be the Sussex team bus".
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Speaking to Geoff Cook today they may released Mark Wood from Durham. He rates him but the kid has had an operation and maybe one too many bowlers on the books type deal.
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Old 23rd September 2007, 12:52   #107
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Looks like Monty has retired and become a chemistry teacher at Eton. Thanks for the service.

Oh, and GET IN. Also said in the paper today that Hamilton-Brown has joined Sussex
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Old 23rd September 2007, 13:06   #108
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I cannot get excited about signing someone who can't even get in Surrey 1XI when we have the best 1XI and 2XI in the country and a wealth of batting talent in 2XI and Academy! Come to think of it he is hardly a replacement for Montgomerie either. I think 2XI opener Steffan Piolet who has scored 2 centuries in 17 2XI matches and averages 32 compared to Hamilton-Brown who has scored only 1 2XI century from 47 matches at an average of 28 should have been offered a contract instead. I would like to see Ben Brown join the staff next season too.

One Surrey player I wouldn't mind joining Surrey is Chris Jordon who I think would be an excellent acquisition for Sussex.

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Old 23rd September 2007, 15:24   #109
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I kind of agree, but he is worth a punt (by the way the GET IN was directed at winning the championship rather than the signing of Hamilton-Brown, I should have made that clearer). I wouldn't be surprised if Chris Jordan got called up by the Windies pretty soon if he wishes to go that route and thus would probably end up being an overseas player. He looks a terrific prospect though
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Old 23rd September 2007, 16:38   #110
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Looks like Monty has retired and become a chemistry teacher at Eton. Thanks for the service.
Why am I not surprised that he isn't teaching at a local state school? Good luck to him though as I can imagine the pressure from the parents and headteacher will be massive!
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Old 25th September 2007, 09:17   #111
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Saqlain's absence next season is going to be a big blow to Sussex
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Old 25th September 2007, 11:22   #112
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it'll be a bigger problem for when Mushy retires rather than next season as I'm pretty sure he was signed as a long-term successor. Apparently there aren't any Muslim schools in Sussex so possible a move to one of the bigger cities is on the cards? Still, we have Rayner, Smith and possibly Beer to come in so we aren't in a hugely dire position because of it. It will free up some cash as well
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Old 25th September 2007, 22:36   #113
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I don't see the spin department as our main concern as we already have three promising young spinners in Beer, Rayner and Smith. The seam bowling department is already weakened by the departure of Rana and will be extremely weak once Kirtley, Lewry and Martin-Jenkins retire. We have four seam bowlers in the Academy but I don't think any will make the grade.

Despite the loss of Montgomerie, Rana and Saqlain our squad still has plenty of experience in Adams, Goodwin, Mushtaq, Lewry, Kirtley and Martin-Jenkins. Prior and Yardy although only in their mid-twenties have plenty of first team experience. We also have fantastic younger players such as Wright, Nash, Hodd, Rayner, Hopkinson and Liddle. Thornely and Smith are finding their feet although I am sure with time the performances will come.

On a seperate note here are the 2007 Sussex League averages:

Sussex League Averages

Batting Averages

Clapp 1,029 runs @ 61 HS 111* 2
Heather 820 runs @ 55 HS 148 3
M. Thornely 590 runs @ 42 HS 131 1 (good season as he scored 990 runs for Sussex 2XI as well)
Beeny 586 @ 53 HS 194 2
Machan 504 runs @ 42 HS 119* 3 (good return for a 16 year old in his first full season. Sure to go onto bigger and better things!)

Others of note

Brown 407 runs @ 41 HS 114* 1 (good return for the Academy player of the year who was rewarded with a playing contract at Sussex for 2008)
Aga 389 runs @ 49 HS 126* 2 (batted well for 2XI scoring 425 runs and taking 23 wickets)
Mark Newell 379 runs @ 34 HS 96* (another Sussex reject)
Piolet 357 runs @ 22 HS 83* (extremely disappointing given he scored 720 runs for Sussex 2XI this season)
Gould 351 runs @ 23 HS 102 1 (extremely disappointing given he scored 522 runs for Sussex 2XI this season)
Turk 351 runs @ 35 HS 110* 2 (another Sussex reject)
Smith 332 runs @ 66 HS 93* (as well as 627 runs @ 48 and captained Sussex to 2XI championship)
Green 309 runs @ 24 HS 58 (if he wasn't the Chairman son he wouldn't get in our 2XI!)
Beer 256 runs @ 17 HS 43
Grammer 253 runs @ 32 HS 46
Adkin 252 runs @ 25 HS 82
Thorpe 227 runs @ 28 HS 55
Kleinveldt 186 runs @ 21 HS 55
Rayner 174 runs @ 44 HS 117 1
Spencer (John's son Patrick) 165 runs @ 28 HS 93*
Wells (Alan's 16 year old son Luke) 155 runs @ 26 HS 64
Nash 73 runs @ 73 HS 73

Bowling Averages

Beer 44 wickets @ 20 BB 6-42 2 (Named young Sussex League cricketer of the year. Took 23 wickets @ 19 for 2XI.)
Ledden 32 wickets @ 23 BB 4-48 (off-spinner who made his solitary 2XI appearence in 2006)
Vinter 27 wickets @ 20 BB 4-17 (prematurely dumped by Sussex?)
M. Thornely 25 wickets @ 19 BB 5-37 1 (not bad for someone who bowled 53 balls for 2XI this season!)
Wood 22 wickets @ 19 BB 4-19 (another Sussex 2XI reject)
Adkin 21 wickets @ 24 BB 4-73 (one of four fast bowlers in the Academy)
Piolet 20 wickets @ 23 BB 4-17 (not bad return for someone who only bowled 15 overs for Sussex 2XI)

Others of note

Collier 19 wickets @ 16 BB 4-16
Faith 17 wickets @ 22 BB 5-44 1
Thorpe 16 wickets @ 20 BB 4-25 (another Academy fast bowler)
Turk 16 wickets @ 27 BB 6-45 1
Spencer 15 wickets @ 19 BB 4-49 1
Green 14 wickets @ 27 BB 3-35 (see above)
Rayner 12 wickets @ 21 BB 6-17
Creed 12 wickets @ 30 BB 6-44 1
Smith 11 wickets @ 41 BB 4-56 (disappointing!)
Liddle 8 wickets @ 11.5 BB 5-6 1
A. Thornely 5 wickets @ 6 BB 5-32 1 (brother of Michael. He was a member of the Sussex Academy in 2005/06)
Aga 2 wicket @ 99 BB 1-15 (disappointing)

Bush 14 wicket @ 22 BB 2-6 (third Academy fast bowler)

The fourth Academy seam bowler Matt Geffin took 6-44 in his only appearence for Chichester Priory in the Second Division.

Matt Machan, Ben Brown and Will Beer are the three best young players coming through the Sussex ranks IMHO.

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Old 26th September 2007, 14:08   #114
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Congratulations guys!!

Sad to see such a low turn-out for the open-top bus though! Whats up with the folks of Sussex?
Did anyone come out to watch?

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Old 1st October 2007, 21:50   #115
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Sussex have promoted two of their Academy players onto the full squad. England U19 wicketkeeper-batsmen Ben Brown scored 398 runs @ 33 for 2XI and made 46 off 25 balls on his first class debut and 95 in 2XI championship decider against Somerset as well as averaging 50 in club cricket for Eastbourne. Ben was named Academy player of the year for the second time in four years and was selected for U19 world cup squad. 18 year old leg spinner Will Beer took 23 wickets @ 19 with a best of 5-120 and took 62 wickets in club cricket for Horsham.
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Thornley signs Sussex deal
Sussex batsman Michael Thornley has signed a new two-year contract with the county.

The 19-year-old right-handed batsman excelled for Sussex’s second XI this summer and can also bowl right-arm medium pace deliveries.

Pro Cricket Manager Mark Robison said: "Michael has had an outstanding summer, scoring over 800 runs in the Second XI Championship. What has impressed us most is that he has grown in stature as a person as well as a player.

"If he continues this rate of improvement he will have a very bright future with the club."

Thornley, who is developing his game further this winter in Perth, added: "I am delighted to be staying at Sussex. The team and coaching staff are very supportive of their young players and I am looking forward to giving back as much as I can to the club over the next two seasons."
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Old 3rd October 2007, 19:26   #118
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Sussex sign two young players and keep Smith.

Sussex have extended Tom Smith's contract for one year and have also signed two new young players, Ben Brown and Will Beer. All three players have come up through the ranks of the Sussex Academy.

Smith said: "I am delighted to be kept on at the club. I have had a fantastic first year and hope my career will flourish at Sussex."

Wicketkeeper Brown capped a week where he was named in the England Under-19 World Cup squad. He said: "I am thoroughly delighted to make the step up from the Academy and can't wait to get stuck in next season."

Beer, a talented leg-spin bowler, said: "Getting on to the staff at Sussex has always been my ultimate ambition and I am extremely delighted and excited at the prospect of the season of being part of a Championship winning team."

Mark Robinson, Sussex’s cricket manager said; "One of the best parts of the job is telling young players that they are going to be given a chance to join the professional ranks. To give the opportunity to three home grown players is especially pleasing.

“Tom has been a solid performer in the second team all year and needs to be given time to learn his trade, similarly to legspinner Will Beer. Ben comes from a long line of wicket-keeping talent at Sussex and like those who have gone before him, has enormous potential with the bat as well as the gloves.

“All three of these young players are at the beginning of their careers and everything lies in front of them which is exciting for them and for us."

Only Lewry has yet to commit their future to Sussex next season.

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We are one of only a few counties not to have yet announced their 2008 Academy intake. Worcestershire included a THIRTEEN(!) year old in their intake. Personally I think this is too young and that 15 is the youngest a player should be included in the Academy.

The following have impressed me and so warrant serious consideration:

Luke Wells - Son of former Sussex captain and England batsmen Alan. He scored 195 runs @ 39 with a highest score of 89 and was named Sussex U17 player of the year. For Brighton & Hove he scored 155 runs @26 with a highest score of 64.

George Ledden had an excellent season for Brighton & Hove taking 32 wickets @ 23 with a best of 4-48. He played 1 2XI game in 2006.

Ollie Gatting was included in the first Sussex Academy squad. He scored 175 runs @ 29 with highest score of 51* for U17s, is part of the successful Brighton College team and plays club cricket for Preston Nomads.

Andrew Thornely is the younger brother of Sussex batsman Michael. He is an off-spinning all-rounder who was included in the first Academy squad. He plays for Brighton College and scored 90 for Horsham 2XI last season.

Devon Endersby is a 15 year old seam bowling all-rounder. He was named Sussex under 15 player of the year last season. He plays for Horsham.

Of the players to have appeared in 2XI I notice there is 16 year old South African born left handed batsman who played twice for 2XI last season. I don't know what his availability or status is but he maybe another possible for the Academy squad as an eleventh member. This would leave one slot available should a particularly gifted youngster become available.

With Toby Finzel, Michael Norris, Luke Barnard and Michael Quest overage it wouldn't surprise me if Joe Ashmore, Dominic Barnes and Owain Jones (all batsmen) and Billy Meborah-Collinson (bowler) who were named cricketer of the year for their age groups joined Elite squad next season.

My Sussex Academy Squad for 2008 would be:

Batsmen: Matt Machan (Brighton & Hove), Luke Wells (Brighton & Hove), Ollie Gatting (Preston Nomads)

Keeper: Adam Davies (St James)

Spinners: George Ledden (Brighton & Hove), Andrew Thornely (Horsham)

Seamers: Will Adkin (East Grinstead), Matt Geffen (Chichester), James Thorpe (Ansty), Devon Endersby (Horsham)

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Five counties will join UAE in a six-team event in the United Arab Emirates next March as part of their pre-season preparations.

Essex, Lancashire, Somerset, Sussex and Yorkshire will all compete in the Arabian Cricket Challenge which will be held at the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi Stadium with two matches in Sharjah

Should be fun.
I wonder if Trescothick will travel?
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