Sussex’s defeat yesterday by 48 runs to Yorkshire will attract only a few paragraphs in the sports pages but one young man will remember it for a longer time: Jack Carson.
Carson scored a century in a final in his native Northern Ireland aged 11 which attracted the interest of Ed Joyce one of Sussex’s most prolific batsmen in recent years.
Joyce persuaded Carson to join the Sussex Academy and he went through the ranks emerging as a first team spin bowler aged 20.
In the match against Yorkshire he took the wicket of Joe Root in a five wicket haul. Imagine his pride and that of his family.
He may not make it at all, he may – like spinner Will Beer – be a trusty yeoman for the county or he may get an international cap.
His fiercest competitor for England honours – Dom Bess of Yorkshire – took 6 Sussex wickets.
Even that richest of counties Surrey, who were well beaten by Middlesex, are suffering in the pandemic and the absurdity of no spectator admittance.
Warwickshire could not get Indian batting star Pandeja over, South African cricketers signed by countries are stuck some en route, the championship has been “bookmarked” for the start in chilly April and resumes after the Hundred and T20 in autumn.
There are those chiefly at the ECB to use that dreadful word “monetise” only see the profit in white ball and metropolitan cricket.
They would do well to heed the warnings of the ill-fated European Super League. I know of one fanatical Arsenal fan in Hove who said to me that if his beloved Gunners had competed in the ESL he would never set foot in the Emirates again but go to the Amex instead.
Like the Royal Family, National Health, the Church of England and House of Lords, county cricket – besides giving much pleasure to those that follow it – is one of those quirky British institutions that no one would invent today but somehow works, endures and is seamed into the national fabric.
I am sure Jack Carson would agree.