Where better to be on a sun drenched day than Hove? Bob Tickler’s flat in Nice maybe.
Sussex inflicted Surrey’s second defeat in the Royal London – the once Gillette Cup – by 2 wickets and 11 balls. David Wiese the big South African all rounder was unquestionably man of the match with 1-31 off 6 overs and a crucial 92 not out.
Luke Wright who has retired from red ball cricket scored 69. Liam Plunkett, Surrey’s latest big signing failed to impress.
Sussex fielded a mean pace attack with CJ Jordan and Mir Hamzi. George Garton who toured withe the Lions in Australia the winter before last came in for Ollie Robinson.
Much tosh has been written about Jofra Archer’s England call up. His father has a British passport. Chris Woakes, one who might make way for him in the Test side, was deliberately misquoted. With Broad, Anderson and Stokes sure of their place on home soil, this may leave just the one pace berth with Mark Wood, Tim Curran, Sam Curran, and now Archer all competing for it.
One of the ironies of the argument that the pathway of county bowlers is blocked is that no county gives youngsters more opportunity than Sussex and if Archer does play in either white ball international or Test cricket these can only increase.
Besides, what English bowler has been excluded these past few years?
Head of selectors Ed Smith made the valuable point that Archer’s experience in the goldfish bowl that is the IPL will give him training in the public, exposed, side of being a England player. If anyone is blocking that pathway its Jimmy Anderson who must surely retire soon.