Sussex to begin 2014 season at home to Middlesex

SUSSEX County Cricket Club will begin their 2014 season at home to Middlesex in County Championship Division 1 on April 6 at The County Ground, Hove.

Sussex captain Ed Joyce
Sussex captain Ed Joyce

That follows a friendly against Hampshire in late-March and the university match against Loughborough MCCU at Hove between April 1-3.

The first one-day action of the season will take place on May 16 when neighbours Surrey will be the visitors to Hove in the newly-named NatWest T20 Blast, ahead of the Sharks taking on tourists Sri Lanka for an afternoon T20 match on May 18.

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The T20 group stages run across the months of May, June and July, with the knockout stages taking place in August.

The Arundel Festival of Cricket is in mid-June when Ed Joyce’s side kick-off with a T20 clash against Somerset on June 15, before a County Championship affair with Yorkshire from June 16-19.

The Horsham Festival follows in July as Warwickshire visit Cricket Field Road in the County Championship, and Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup, the new 50-over competition.

Three more 50-over matches will follow at Hove during August, before four-day cricket returns in September as newly-promoted Lancashire are the opponents, which is the last home action of the season.