Sus­sex set for red-ball and white­ball ac­tion

West Sussex County Times - - Sport -

Cricket’s first-class coun­ties have agreed to play both red-ball and white-ball cricket dur­ing this sum­mer’s short­ened men’s do­mes­tic sea­son.

A ma­jor­ity vote was reached at a meet­ing of the FCC chairs fol­low­ing ap­proval by the ECB board last month for the new sea­son to com­mence on Au­gust 1.

The agree­ment by the FCCs will be passed on for ECB Board ap­proval in the coming days af­ter which the de­tails of the new fix­ture sched­ule will be drawn up and then an­nounced.

It’s likely to fea­ture a short­ened county cham­pi­onship pro­gramme and a Vi­tal­ity Blast T20 con­test.

The safety and well­be­ing of all play­ers, staff and of­fi­cials re­mains the pri­or­ity of the ECB and all FCCs will un­dergo fur­ther med­i­cal risk as­sess­ments and venue com­pli­ance ap­proval as plan­ning pro­gresses to en­sure safe en­vi­ron­ments for the start of the men’s do­mes­tic sea­son.

Ticket hold­ers for men’s do­mes­tic matches and FCC mem­bers are set to be con­tacted by venues with the op­tions avail­able to them af­ter a new fix­ture sched­ule is an­nounced.

Club cricket set to re­turn this week­end, as re­ported on the back page.

Mean­while one Sus­sex club stal­wart who is also a para­medic has been re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion for his work dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic dur­ing the Eng­land-West Indies which started yes­ter­day at the Ageas Bowl.

Jofra Archer is wear­ing the name of Joe Wheat­ley on his train­ing shirt dur­ing the first Test as Eng­land’s play­ers hon­our and cel­e­brate he­roes within the cricket fam­ily dur­ing the #RaiseTheBa­t se­ries.

As a para­medic, Wheat­ley, who is also grounds­man at Bar­combe Cricket Club in East Sus­sex, is of­ten a pa­tient’s first con­tact with med­i­cal staff dur­ing an emer­gency – but he is as at home on a heavy roller as he is in an am­bu­lance.

Hove will see late-sum­mer games

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