Sussex v Durham - Match Preview

Sussex v Durham - Match Preview

Sussex v Durham - Match Preview

Mark Stoneman scored a century in the last match against Yorkshire (photo: Ian Horrocks)

Durham will hope to pick up their first win of the new LV= County Championship season when they face high-flying Sussex at Hove on Sunday (11am start)

Jon Lewis' side had to fight hard to secure a draw against Yorkshire after conceding 589 in the first innings. A half-century from Keaton Jennings, who will have fond memories of the game at Sussex last year, helped Durham maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Three successive draws mean Durham currently sit second from bottom in the County Championship table, although they have played a game less than all of the sides above them.

One of those teams is Sussex, who are second in Division One having picked up two wins, a draw and a defeat from their opening four games.

Mark Robinson's side will be without two key players for this fixture. Chris Jordan will not play due to International commitments and Matt Prior's achilles injury is set to rule the 32 year old out until later in the month. Captain Ed Joyce and Matt Machan are set to be available though, after representing Ireland and Scotland respectively.

Joyce's return will be particularly important for the South Coast side, as the left hander has been in fine form. The Sussex skipper scored a century in both innings during the recent win over Warwickshire and is averaging over 90 this season. The experienced Queenslander Steve Magoffin has been the star bowler, with 20 wickets at an average of just 14.

Last season, the men from Hove finished third in the final LV= County Championship table and then re-shuffled their squad in the winter. Monty Panesar, Joe Gatting, Andrew Miller and Amjad Khan all departed, with Steffan Piolet and Jon Lewis brought in.

We'll have daily reports from the match here on and you can also receive regular updates by following our Twitter account @DurhamCricket

Ticket details
You can purchase tickets online here. The price is £15 for adults, £10 for students/seniors and £5 for juniors.

Last County Championship meeting

Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th September 2013 - Sussex won by 6 wickets.

Durham 1st innings 164 all out (Anyon 5-44)
Sussex 1st innings 328 all out (Wright 87)
Durham 2nd innings 458 all out (Richardson 129, Jennings 127)
Sussex 2nd innings 297-4 (Nash 108)

A word from the home camp:

Paul Collingwood, on Kumar Sangakkara's final game for Durham:
“He’s fitted in really well and the boys have really enjoyed having him around. There’s no guarantees a batsman’s going to come in and score runs. Whether he does or not, it’s great to have a guy like him around the dressing room. We’re all on an education.”

Did you know?

Durham and Sussex have both won the County Championship three times. All of those titles were secured after the turn of the Millennium.

Team News:

Head Coach Jon Lewis has added Ryan Pringle and Gavin Main to the squad that faced Yorkshire, with Gareth Breese the man to miss out. Ben Stokes is due to have a scan on his injured wrist this week.

Durham squad:

Paul Collingwood (5) *
Phil Mustard (19) +
Mark Stoneman (26)
Kumar Sangakkara (3)
Keaton Jennings (1)
Scott Borthwick (16)
Micahel Richardson (18)
Usman Arshad (78)
Mark Wood (33)
Jamie Harrison (13)
Gavin Main (20)
Chris Rushworth (22)
Graham Onions (9)
Ryan Pringle (17)