WELCOME to Sussex Sharks’ Friends Life t20 campaign! Once again the month of June is set to be a month-long party of bonanza cricket, with champagne shots, sizzling sixes, bravura bowling and phenomenal fielding.
Another mouth-watering Friends Life t20 tournament got underway at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove, on Thursday night as Sussex look to replicate their success of 2009 by winning the tournament.
Their opening game of the tournament saw the Sharks welcome Essex Eagles (see elsewhere on our website for a match report from Sussex Express sports editor Brian Pollard at Hove).
And once again the big players will be on show for the campaign. The Sharks can, of course, boast England stars Matt Prior, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy as well overseas players Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Wayne Parnell and Umar Gul who, who will all play their part as Sussex look to head towards Finals Day.
And don’t forget that the opposition will have a few big guns of their own, as Sussex entertain not only the Eagles but also Middlesex Panthers (Friday, June 10), Somerset (Tuesday, June 14), Kent Spitfires (Friday, June 17), Gloucestershire Gladiators (Sunday, July 3), Glamorgan Dragons (Thursday, July 7), Hampshire Royals (Sunday, July 10) and finally in the group stages, Surrey Lions, on Friday, July 15.
Hopefully the Sussex boys will then be able to look forward to a home quarter-final depending on their form in the group stages, with Finals Day at Edgbaston then only one match away.
Watching t20 cricket is like nothing else and whether you’ve never been to a game before or you never miss a match, you’re sure to be entertained at the PROBIZ County Ground this summer.
And one lucky reader can be there for the Sussex Sharks next home game in the Friends Life t20 – next Friday, June 10 against Middlesex Panthers (start 7.10pm).
The Sussex Express has teamed up with the Sharks to give away a pair of tickets for that match. All you have to do is answer the following question:
Which team won last year’s t20 final at the Rose Bowl?
Simply send your answer along with your name, address, and telephone numbers (both home and mobile if you have one) to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, send your answer and contact details by postcard to: Brian Pollard, Sports Editor, Sussex Express, Temple House, 25-26 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. BN21 2LU.
Deadline for entries is midday next Wednesday, June 8. Good luck!
And don’t worry if you don’t win – you can book tickets for all matches online at www.sussexcricket.co.uk or by calling 0844 264 0206. Congratulations to the winners of our last competition who each won a pair of tickets for one of the first three days’ play at the enthralling Sussex v Yorkshire game at Hove. Winners were: Pat Hope of Hadlow Down, Andrew Hodge of Framfield, Sam Pearce of Barcombe, Roger Cogan of Peacehaven, and David Edmondson of Worthing.