Yesterday I had intended to go to Hove Cricket Ground to see the Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires in the Royal London 50 over match.
Except for a window in the afternoon there was no play and the game ended “no result’, Sussex’s sixth such ending in all competitions.
It was little consolation that down the A27 Southern Brave were playing at Southampton. Little consolation as Southern Brave – not the Sharks – were fielding the latter’s attack of Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan and George Garton.
Ravi Bopara, Rashid Khan and Phil Salt are also conscripted to other franchises.
It’s an odd state of affairs that a team is denuded for another competition. One cannot imagine Southampton FC’s players playing for Southern Superkings in a new metro football competition.
The counties have been bought off with payments of £1.3 million but I can’t help feeling this is one more step on the road to two level cricket of counties with Test venues (Durham, Glamorgan, Hampshire, Middlesex, Lancashire, Surrey and Nottinghamshire), all of whom would have significant losses with no attendance at Test cricket, and those that have county grounds (Derbyshire, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Northants, Somerset and Sussex) and their eventual elimination and extinction. All the Hundred’s venues are test grounds . Could not have Hove hosted one?
On a happier note the Argus celebrated 10 years at the Amex with a souvenir edition.
The real winners are Brighton fans who once had to make a 75 mile trip to Gillingham for a home game, then watched in the athletic stadium at Withdean which had capacity of 6,000.
The Amex, so picturesquely situated in a fold of the Downs at Falmer, holds 32,000.
The hero is Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom who funded this but said he wanted the stadium for more than championship football. He was rewarded by 5 seasons in the Premier and in that time – except for the opening weeks of 2017 – the Seagulls have never occupied a relegation position.
My Amex player would be Glenn Murray who scored 35 goals there though Lewis Dunk and Bruno merit a mention.
Oddly enough the most famous game there was not a soccer match, but Eddie Jones’s Japan victory over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Let’s hope The British & Irish Lions repeat the result today.