Davis and Nash out as An­drew makes mark

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

SUS­SEX chief ex­ec­u­tive Rob An­drew be­lieves the de­ci­sion to part com­pany with head coach Mark Davis and se­nior bats­man Chris Nash will see the county “achieve great things” in the long run.

Davis, 46, took charge of Sus­sex in Novem­ber, 2015, af­ter Mark Robin­son left Hove to be­come head coach of Eng­land women and Davis led Sus­sex to fourth in Di­vi­sion Two of the County Cham­pi­onship in each of the past two sea­sons.

The side failed to progress from the group stages of both the T20 Blast and the One-Day Cup in 2016 and 2017 and An­drew felt changes needed to be made hav­ing also re­leased bats­man Nash from the fi­nal year of his con­tract, end­ing his 26-year stay at the club.

An­drew said: “Af­ter re­view­ing a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for the first team, it was con­cluded that ac­tion needed to be taken in or­der to build for the fu­ture.

“The dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions to part com­pany with Mark by mu­tual con­sent and to agree to Chris’ re­quest to be re­leased from his con­tract were part of that ac­tion, but at its core were moves to so­lid­ify the foun­da­tions of a squad that has the po­ten­tial to achieve great things in the com­ing years.

“As such, a number of play­ers have been of­fered, and have signed new or ex­tended con­tracts, over re­cent weeks, and more are set to fol­low.

“This means that we now have a sta­ble and bal­anced squad made up of a mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence that of­fers real strength across all dis­ci­plines.

“Our play­ers can de­velop to­gether and work to­wards at­tain­ing the suc­cesses that such a tal­ented group are ca­pa­ble of.

“I strongly be­lieve that when a new head coach is ap­pointed, they will have the raw ma­te­ri­als with which to build a tro­phy­win­ning side.”

Sus­sex won the County Cham­pi­onship three times in four years with the last ti­tle com­ing in 2007, but have had lim­ited suc­cess since then.

The county did lift the T20 Cup in 2009, as well as win­ning the Pro40 in the same year but they were rel­e­gated from Di­vi­sion One of the County Cham­pi­onship in 2015.

And Davis’ fail­ure to gain pro­mo­tion back to the top tier, cou­pled with poor re­sults in the lim­ited-overs com­pe­ti­tions led to strong crit­i­cism from sup­port­ers at Hove. But for An­drew, the plan is more long-term.

He added: “We are con­tin­u­ing to work on our four-year strate­gic plan for the wider or­gan­i­sa­tion and there will be fur­ther news on this in due course.

“A ma­jor part of that strat­egy will be the on-go­ing de­vel­op­ment of home-grown Sus­sex play­ers by our per­for­mance de­part­ment.

“This work will con­tinue the al­ready well-es­tab­lished trend of Sus­sex-bred bowlers and bats­men mak­ing their mark in the 1st XI.

“The fu­ture of Sus­sex cricket across the whole county is very pos­i­tive and ex­cit­ing and I am look­ing for­ward to this com­ing to fruition over the com­ing years.”

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De­parted: Mark Davis parted com­pany with Sus­sex af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth in Di­vi­sion Two

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