Sussex hoping for a positive start to one-day cup after mixed T20 results

Luke Wright
Luke Wright

Sussex begin their Royal London One Day Cup campaign on Sunday.

Sussex begin their Royal London One Day Cup campaign on Sunday - no doubt hoping for a more convincing showing than the county has managed in their Natwest T20 Blast games.

The Sharks enjoyed an encouraging five-wicket win over Glamorgan in Hove last Tuesday to just about keep their T20 quarter final qualifying hopes alive.

Any slim chance the side had of making the knock-out stages, however, was dispatched to the boundary rope on Friday night, when the Sharks lost to Hampshire by five runs.

The final match of the Sharks’ T20 group fixtures is at Essex tonight (Friday) and having lost eight of their 13 T20 matches so far, Sussex are likely to be relieved to shift their short-form focus to the one-day game on Sunday. Starting at 10.30am at Horsham’s picturesque Cricketfield Road ground, Sussex take on Nottinghamshire and will be hoping for an opening-game win.

The county certainly has players hitting form.

Will Beer, again overlooked in this week’s County Championship match, will be hopeful of returning to the first team fold, while big- hitting Luke Wright has impressed at Horsham already this week with 89 in the first innings against Warwickshire.

Batsman Craig Cachopa has also been in good form with the bat. The 22-year-old, who was born in South Africa but has captained New Zealand Under 19s, recently put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Sussex. The player holds a Portuguese passport so qualifies as a non-overseas player.

And he celebrated his deal with first innings 84 against Warwickshire - a total which included a whopping 18 fours. He then managed 54 from 70 balls in the second innings, including another ten fours and a six.

Nottingham have themselves made a recent signing - and one with a significant Sussex connection.

Chris Adams, who enjoyed an almost unrivalled spell of success as Sussex captain, has joined Nottinghamshire as a consultant batting coach.

Tickets are available for Sunday’s game priced £15 for adults, £5 for juniors and free for Under 5s. Members receive free entry as part of their membership, while Martlet members can get in for £10. To book call the ticket office on 0844 264 0206, buy in person at the ticket office in Hove, or go online to: www.sussexcricket.co.uk.