FIXTURES: Sussex’s full 2017 fixture list released
Sussex’s 2017 fixtures were released this evening with the first Specsavers County Championship clash of the season coming at home to neighbours Kent, which begins on Friday 14th April 2017.
The first action of the four-day season at The 1st Central County Ground will take place over the Easter weekend, before Sussex make the trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire on Friday 21st April.
The ECB has also announced that there will be historic first full round of nine day/night matches in the Specsavers County Championship next June, with Sussex’s match against Gloucestershire, beginning on Monday 26th June, amongst the games to be played under the floodlights.
With the Royal London One-Day Cup taking place early in the 2017 season, the first white-ball action of the new season comes on Thursday 27th April at Lord’s when the Sharks travel to take on Middlesex, before Somerset are the visitors to Hove on Sunday 30th April.
Sussex Sharks’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign begins on Sunday 9th July at Arundel Castle when Glamorgan are the visitors to West Sussex, which succeeds a four-day clash with Leicestershire, forming the Arundel Festival of Cricket.
Supporters will also get the chance to see the Sharks in NatWest T20 Blast action only three days later on Wednesday 12th July when south-coast rivals Hampshire travel along the A27 to Hove.
The Saffrons, Eastbourne is back on Sussex’s fixture list for the first time since 2000, and the Sharks will take on Gloucestershire in a Royal London One-Day Cup match on Sunday 14th May.
Sussex Chief Executive Zac Toumazi said, “We are thrilled to be taking cricket back to the Saffrons in Eastbourne next summer. We have been considering this over the last few years and we now feel the time is right to return.
“When it comes to outground cricket, we have to ensure that the venture is viable both logistically and financially, and with the club expressing a desire for us to play there, we know there is the appetite for top-class cricket in the east of the county.
“The council have also been very supportive and thanks to the work of both the club and their Chairman Ian Fletcher-Price, it is now able to happen.
“Sussex, as a club, are committed to taking cricket to all parts of the county when it is viable and we are looking forward to the game at Eastbourne.”
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The fixtures page will be updated on Friday 25th November to reflect the new 2017 fixtures