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Sussex sport evaluated.

Every Friday I speak to a friend who holds a senior position in Sussex CCC.

Like most including me his sporting support extends to the Albion who have started the resumption well.

No such good news for cricket when Boris Johnson dispatched all hopes of a speedy resumption with a Viv Richards-style smite that the cricket ball is “a natural vector of disease”.

It sounds good but the ball is only touched by the bowler, wicketkeeper and occasional fielder.  It can be cleaned and replaced. Sanitisers can be used.

Played in the open air with little crowd, County cricket would therefore be a natural for resumption. As ever the response was ill-thought and chaotic.

The Telegraph – and Michael Vaughan in his column in particular – are conducting a lively campaign for return of junior and club cricket.

County cricket and T20 is the tip of the apex, as there is a plethora of club cricket and volunteers administering it.

Rottingdean’s population could not be more than 5,000 yet it has 4 teams.

One player in the third team attends  to my TV problems and is a delightful young man.

His missus recently had their  second child and cricket is an excellent resource for fitness and relief from domesticity.

Brighton have started with 4 points and are navigating clear of the relegation pack though not out of danger.

The victory over Arsenal was stormy with a challenge by Neil Maupay leading to Arsenal keeper Leno leaving the pitch (though caused by his  fall) and the self-same Maupay scoring in extra time with Arsenal Guengouzi throttling Maupay at the end.

In the week Maupay missed – or, to be accurate, Kaspar Schmeichel saved – a penalty.

When I look at Brighton’s squad, only Davy Propper, Lewis  Dunk and Matt Ryan would make the bench of a top side so its a considerable achievement that they have avoided relegation so far.

They will go down sooner rather than later but will have banked enough Premiership moolah to build again as Burnley and WBA have done.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts