Machan hoping to test himself against Australia

Matt Machan in action for Worthing on Saturday
Matt Machan in action for Worthing on Saturday

WORTHING Cricket Club’s Matt Machan is hoping to test himself against Australia when they visit Sussex for a three-day tour match, which begins at Hove tomorrow.

Machan, 22, who moved to Worthing for the current Sussex Premier League season, has been in excellent form this season. He scored his first international hundred for Scotland against Kenya last month and quickly followed that up with his maiden first-class ton in Sussex’s County Championship win at Somerset earlier this month.

On the prospect of taking on Australia, Machan said: “It’s going to be a great spectacle and a great occasion for the club.

“I’m hoping to get into the 11 to test myself as Australia will be looking to get a win.”

Machan has been delighted with how his season has gone and said: “It’s been going really well and playing for Scotland has really helped me come on with Sussex.

“I just want to play as much as possible in the first team in four-day cricket for the rest of the season and keep scoring runs in the one-day matches.”

Machan will again be missing for Worthing this week if selected for Sussex’s match with Australia but is hoping the club can remain in the Premier League.

He said: “I’ve played five games for Worthing and they’re a great bunch of lads. Hopefully, they can stay in the Premier League as, if they went down I probably wouldn’t be able to stay, so I’m praying that they do stay up.”

Tickets for the first two days against Australia are almost sold out but some still remain for Sunday. To buy them, visit www.sussexcricket.co.uk or call 0844 264 0206.