Sussex county championship opener switched to Old Trafford over bug infestation

Sussex’s opening match in the 2021 LV= Insurance County Championship against Lancashire has been moved to Emirates Old Trafford following an inspection of the outfield at the 1st Central County Ground on Friday by ECB’s pitch & grounds advisor, Andy MacKay.

Sussex won't start the championship season at home as hoped
Sussex won't start the championship season at home as hoped

It was noted that Sussex’s head groundsperson, Ben Gibson and his team had made significant progress in renovating the areas affected by a leatherjacket grub population, but that moving the fixture would provide extra time for the outfield to fully recover.

It was therefore agreed by Sussex, Lancashire and ECB that the venues for the counties’ two LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures would be switched.

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Lancashire will host Sussex at Emirates Old Trafford from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 April, with the reverse fixture scheduled for Thursday 29th April to Sunday 2nd May being played at the 1st Central County Ground.

Sussex’s first home fixture of the season will now be the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Yorkshire from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 April.

Sussex Cricket would once again like to take the opportunity to thank Lancashire for their understanding and cooperation in this matter.