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Happy Valley
13 Apr 13 21:30
Date Joined: 20 Jul 02
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they could even win the title - I think it will depend on how many championship games Luke Wright plays and, to a lesser extent, if Luke Wells trains on as well as his dad did.
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Report Injera April 14, 2013 5:46 PM BST
HV - good start to the season!

Yes, the batting looks strong especially if Wells and especially Gatting improves.

Shame England aren't letting Prior play just yet. He could play as a batsman.

Bowling seems a bit thin and over reliant on Magoffin but if Jordan fulfils his potential we should do ok. If Swann gets fit, Monty will play all season I would think.
Report cnman April 15, 2013 1:47 AM BST
Are Sussex planning on f1xing as many games this year as they usually do? Thanks
Report oscarthedog April 15, 2013 9:15 AM BST
the bowling is paper thing and certainly not one of the strongest in the div, huge reliance on macgoffin

batting has done better than i thought and looks to have progressed although again there are stronger top 6's in the league

great first result

div1 is fascinating this year

any of 6/7 could teams could win it
and any of 5/6 could go down
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 15, 2013 9:59 AM BST
The following fixtures are on Sky TV, cnman:

Friday 10 May - Northamptonshire v Sussex (d/n)
Thursday 30 May - Sussex v Warwickshire (d/n)
Friday 21 June - Nottinghamshire v Sussex (d/n)
Tuesday 16 July - Sussex v Middlesex (d/n)

Plus semi-finals etc. if they manage to win enough of their non-Sky fixtures.

Wonder whether this filthy outfit will choose to emulate 2011, when they lost every single televised fixture.
Report Captain Wurzel April 15, 2013 12:09 PM BST
To be fair to Sussex screaming with no Lou Vincent or Murray Goodwin things could improve.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 15, 2013 3:08 PM BST
They were not alone. There were at least three other international players losing wickets in questionable circumstances and a couple of them are still on the books.

Nope. It will be a long time before I'm prepared to "be fair" or give any benefit of the doubt to this squalid, money-obsessed county.
Report Captain Wurzel April 15, 2013 10:14 PM BST
Ok screaming the Augean Stable has not been fully mucked out.
Report Injera April 16, 2013 9:03 PM BST
Yeah, we're loaded Screaming...Cry
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 17, 2013 9:35 AM BST
Sussex have received notification from the Inland Revenue that the Spen Cama legacy of £12 million will not be subject to corporation tax. There had been concern that the amount could be subject to 40% inheritance tax.

Gus Mackay, the county's chief executive, said that "we are delighted with the decision and we were always confident of the outcome".

The decision ensures the long term financial future of the club and more importantly, will allow a substantial development project to take place at Hove.

Yes, you are loaded, Injera.

Still, just to prove there is no such thing as too much money ...

New ground sponsor for Sussex
31 January 2013

Sussex’s home will officially be known as The County Ground for at least the next three seasons.,320644,EN.html

What a quietly dignified club.
Report Injera April 17, 2013 5:12 PM BST
So it's wrong to get a ground sponsor??

Many within Sussex have benefitted from Spen Cama's legacy via Preston Nomads, his club. You're right, the county have benefitted too.

I wouldn't say we're rich. The club has been run well for many years, and successful on the pitch since Tony Pigott's 'revolution'. Local stars have been produced and the very long standing relationship with Pakistan has brought us the likes of Mushtaq and Naved whilst in the  past there was of course Imran and Javed.

I know you have real issues with certain televised matches that stank. I was horrified too and am frustrated by the impotency of the ECB to look more closely.

But please don't call the club 'squalid'. I've had a long association with it going back to the early 70s and I could bore you to death with positive stories if you so wish.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 17, 2013 10:56 PM BST
Don't pass the buck to the ECB. I'm more horrified with the failure of Sussex CCC to look more closely at those televised matches.

The way Essex hounded Tony Pallodino from the club after he blew the whistle was a disgrace for which the county has not been brought to account. But at least they had one person who was prepared to do the right thing.

Sussex have none.
Report Injera April 18, 2013 3:57 PM BST
Sussex won't have seen the betting patterns of those matches. They did some very weird onfield things including strange batting orders but the betting patterns are key.

If you or anyone else has information of those patterns, please do message me and I'll pass it on to Sussex and the relative bods at the ECB.

How about contacting BF Screaming and asking them to cooperate.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 19, 2013 12:14 AM BST
All the betting patterns for the most blatant match (Sussex vs Kent CB40 in 2011) are detailed in the match thread on here, which has been bumped to the top several times.

Ed Hawkins described how the match was fixed in his book, along with the betting patterns on here. Only then did Sussex CCC reveal they had already investigated the match themselves and happily concluded their players hadn't deliberately lost the game despite having been asked to do so. Inevitably the ICC and the Professional Cricketers Association eagerly rubber-stamped the Sussex whitewash (sorry, "conducted a full investigation").

In the light of Hawkins bringing this to the public's attention Sussex CCC then had the gall to claim every other televised game they had been playing and losing was squeaky clean, even presumably Surrey vs Sussex at Whitgift in 2011 and Sussex vs Middx T20 at Hove in 2010.

Ranks have been closed, wagons have been circled and there is no prospect of Sussex or their players ever being punished, whatever evidence you, I or Ed Hawkins have to offer. The only way the truth will emerge is if anyone at Sussex CCC loves cricket the way Pallodino did at Essex. So far no such figure has emerged.

Sussex have confirmed that their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Kent at Hove in August 2011 was investigated by the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit after approaches were made to players to fix the match.

Allegations that the match, which Kent won by 14 runs, was fixed have been made in a recently published book, Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Corrupt Heart of Cricket’s Underworld, by Ed Hawkins.
He claims to have been told by an Indian bookmaker that the outcome of the match, which was televised live in India, was **** and had attracted unusually high levels of interest on online betting sites with £14 million of turnover on Betfair alone.
Hawkins suggests that the individual who was involved in fixing the match has since left the bookmaking industry to work in casinos in the United States after he was arrested by police in India.
Sussex responded to Hawkins’ allegations by admitting that approaches had been made to some of their players and that a full investigation was launched by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit after the matter was reported to the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“The club can confirm approaches were made to players regarding this game,” said Sussex in a statement. “Working with the PCA, the club investigated and reported the issue at the time, passing all the information promptly to the ECB after the match.

“In conjunction with the ICC, a full investigation was undertaken with nothing untoward coming to light, and the club’s prompt action receiving praise. There have been no further reports to the club concerning any Sussex matches. As a club, we are committed to ensuring that the game’s integrity is not breached at any time and will continue to take a full and leading role in the ECB’s endeavours to protect the game.”
Sussex chief executive David Brooks declined to comment further on Friday night and the ECB said it had nothing to add to the county’s statement.
Telegraph Sport understands that the ICC investigation substantiated the Sussex players’ claims but found insufficient evidence to take disciplinary action or instigate criminal proceedings against anyone for match fixing.
Report mahe April 20, 2013 10:53 AM BST
burnt my fingers in that match...very disappointed the cricket even in the UK is not clean..has this improved in 2013?
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