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24th July 2021 Match Previews

Unchanged squad of 13 named as Durham head to Hove in RL50

Durham are looking to make it back-to-back wins when they take on Sussex at Hove tomorrow in their second Royal London Group A fixture. 

Head Coach Alan Walker has named an unchanged squad of 13 from Thursday’s record breaking 103 run win over Kent at Beckenham as Durham return to action at 11am tomorrow [Sunday]

Durham impressed on Thursday in their retro blue kit and their side to face Sussex includes Graham Clark who scored a career best 141 and Alex Lees who scored his third List A century.

Luke Doneathy and Jack Campbell are also in Durham’s 13 man squad with both youngsters picking up wickets on their List A debut against Kent.

Matt Salisbury will remain out of the squad as he continues his self isolation period.

Sussex Sharks got their campaign underway yesterday going down by 2 wickets to Lancashire at Sedbergh School. Batting first Sussex posted 270/9 and had Lancashire 115/7 in reply, but a record 8th wicket stand from Danny Lamb and Tom Bailey took Lancashire to a stunning last-gasp victory as they chased down 270 with 2 wickets remaining.

Australian batsman Travis Head is Sussex overseas star while England pacer Jofra Archer could also feature having played for Sussex in their national counties warm up fixture earlier in the week.

Sussex are known for their white ball heroics and despite struggling in the County Championship they have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast and will play Yorkshire at Chester le Street next month.

Young 17 year-old leg-spinner Archie Lenham is one to watch for the Sharks, he picked up 10 wickets in their Vitality Blast group stage campaign.

Squad vs Sussex (25 July) 

Alex Lees, Graham Clark,Scott Borthwick*, Cameron Bancroft, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson, Ned Eckersley, Chris Rushworth, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Paul van Meekeren, Jack Campbell, Harry Crawshaw

Words from Graham Clark

“Lees hasn’t played any cricket for quite some time so to come back in and score a hundred shows just how good he is. It takes a lot of pressure off me at the other end, so it was just nice to spend some time together and watch him go about his business. He was brilliant.

“I don’t really take a lot of note of dropped catches, we just had a job to do and once we were out in the middle was wanted to score as many runs as we could.

“Fortunately we were lucky enough to post a really big total. It was a battter’s paradise to be honest. It was pretty flat, no real movement so there were runs to be had. The lads who came in the lower order managed to boost the score to 400, it took quite an effort from those guys, and once we were there we’d pretty much killed the game already.

“This is a new tournament so all we are thinking about is 50 over cricket, hopefully we can get a few more wins.”

Match Centre

The Club’s match centre will be in operation for the fixtures with live scorecards, statistics & video highlights as they happen. You can watch the game live via the Sussex County Cricket Club YouTube channel.

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