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[Cricket] Sussex CCC - 2024 edition



DJ NOBO

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Jul 18, 2004
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Gallows humour alert - the Sussex CCC 2024 thread is open.

Last season’s county championship campaign was bizarre. We only won a handful of games but still nearly got promoted. Nothing peculiar about the short form stuff though - we were simply a mess.

A few have flown the nest, including highly-rated Ali Orr, the lesser-spotted George Garton and controversial CEO Rob Andrew.

The string of quality signings head coach Paul Farbrace was hoping for never materialised. Although veteran John Simpson is, or at least was, one of the tidiest keepers in the game.

Simpson and new allrounder Danny Lamb will need to be at their best because Division Two is looking as competitive as ever, with Northants and Yorkshire likely to be pushing for the title.

On paper, we arguably have a weaker squad than last year but don’t despair. Ollie Robinson’s England career is looking iffy, meaning he could be playing for Sussex with a point to prove. He is potentially the answer to a familiar problem over recent years - the inability to take 20 wickets.

Thoughts on new season?
 




timbha

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Jul 5, 2003
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Would be good but if Robbo can’t get himself motivated for England, can you see him busting a gut for Sussex (and Farbrace).?
 




A1X

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Deepest, darkest Sussex
Never mind, there’s always next year
 


Chicken Run

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Was surprised to see that Sussex CCC kit manufacturer this season is Nike, apparently the only proffesional CC in the Northern Hemisphere to wear the the swoosh
 




Cheshire Cat

The most curious thing..
Who is still in the squad and likely to play?
 


Sussexscots

Fed up with trains. Sick of the rain.
No surprise Robinson didn't have the best time with the ball in the last Test. He's hardly played since last June and is a bowler who needs overs under his belt.

Certainly hope he's fit and available for Sussex because Farbrace wanted Wright from Leicestershire before Garton decided he wanted out. Now neither of them will be about and we've used an overseas slot on Jaydon Seales who is injury prone and unproven in English conditions.

McAndrew, who was very decent in red ball last year, appears to be here mainly for T20 where he's very mediocre. He's available for just two CC games. Without Robbo, I don't think we've an attack that will take 20 wickets consistently.

The accounts for 2023 are, sadly, a gloomy read. An operating loss of £122k (profit of £440k in 2022) attributed to lower matchday spend. Also three floors of commercial office space not let with little prospect of that being addressed in the short term. I don't think there's a concert scheduled for this year. The treasuer makes comment that they are trying to manage losses by 'non replacement of departing staff'. Batsmen and bowlers perhaps?
 








Eeyore

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Looking forward to a couple of days in May watching Sussex at Lords.
We'll all still be in Dublin celebrating...

Actually, see you at Lords

Me, I'll be sitting at Cow Corner either getting pissed or reading a book. Don't think they'll be much else to shout about.
 
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PILTDOWN MAN

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Sep 15, 2004
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No surprise Robinson didn't have the best time with the ball in the last Test. He's hardly played since last June and is a bowler who needs overs under his belt.

Certainly hope he's fit and available for Sussex because Farbrace wanted Wright from Leicestershire before Garton decided he wanted out. Now neither of them will be about and we've used an overseas slot on Jaydon Seales who is injury prone and unproven in English conditions.

McAndrew, who was very decent in red ball last year, appears to be here mainly for T20 where he's very mediocre. He's available for just two CC games. Without Robbo, I don't think we've an attack that will take 20 wickets consistently.

The accounts for 2023 are, sadly, a gloomy read. An operating loss of £122k (profit of £440k in 2022) attributed to lower matchday spend. Also three floors of commercial office space not let with little prospect of that being addressed in the short term. I don't think there's a concert scheduled for this year. The treasuer makes comment that they are trying to manage losses by 'non replacement of departing staff'. Batsmen and bowlers perhaps?
Lower match day spend. Not hard to work out why. If you try to play county cricket with village cricketers you end up with similar number of people watching as on a village green
 






Bertie D'Astard

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Is there any chance of one of Englands new spinners joining us on loan, given that they may not play much for their own counties ?
 


maltaseagull

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Feb 25, 2009
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Gallows humour alert - the Sussex CCC 2024 thread is open.

Last season’s county championship campaign was bizarre. We only won a handful of games but still nearly got promoted. Nothing peculiar about the short form stuff though - we were simply a mess.

A few have flown the nest, including highly-rated Ali Orr, the lesser-spotted George Garton and controversial CEO Rob Andrew.

The string of quality signings head coach Paul Farbrace was hoping for never materialised. Although veteran John Simpson is, or at least was, one of the tidiest keepers in the game.

Simpson and new allrounder Danny Lamb will need to be at their best because Division Two is looking as competitive as ever, with Northants and Yorkshire likely to be pushing for the title.

On paper, we arguably have a weaker squad than last year but don’t despair. Ollie Robinson’s England career is looking iffy, meaning he could be playing for Sussex with a point to prove. He is potentially the answer to a familiar problem over recent years - the inability to take 20 wickets.

Thoughts on new season?
We won´t be relegated?
 




Gwylan

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Jul 5, 2003
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Uffern
I lose track of which overseas is available at what point but for at least the first few Championship games of the season the team will look something like;

Haines
Clark
Alsop
Pujara
Simpson
Carter
FHP
Coles
Carson
Karvelas
Seales

Solid batting lineup on paper but not a lot of wickets.
Robinson will be keen to get back in England reckoning and the ECB will want him to get some overs in, so I'd expect to see him playing. We may even see the lesser-spotted Archer, although his four day appearances may be limited.
 


Common as Mook

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Jul 26, 2004
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Is there any chance of one of Englands new spinners joining us on loan, given that they may not play much for their own counties ?
It's probably an area where we are actually OK with Carson and Coles. Both had good winters with the Lions
 


Common as Mook

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Jul 26, 2004
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Wouldn't be surprised to see FHP batting up the order this year as well, after his form with the bat last season.

Unfortunately it will be another struggle this year. The mess that Andrew left behind and lack of funds for quality signings looks a real issue. Need every overseas to step up
 


Gwylan

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Jul 5, 2003
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It's probably an area where we are actually OK with Carson and Coles. Both had good winters with the Lions
And Bertie Foreman had a good winter in grade cricket. Poor Archie Lenham is falling a bit behind.

We have Dan Ibrahim's brother coming through the ranks too, I saw him as a kid and he was a very useful spinner.
 




hans kraay fan club

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Lower match day spend. Not hard to work out why. If you try to play county cricket with village cricketers you end up with similar number of people watching as on a village green
I think it’s actually more to do with barely playing any cricket in the actual summer months.
 


PILTDOWN MAN

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I think it’s actually more to do with barely playing any cricket in the actual summer months.
Is it? I know plenty of people, like me, who couldn't be bothered to travel down to Hove to watch rubbish.
 


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