Sussex begin 2012 campaign at rivals Surrey

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SUSSEX County Cricket Club have been handed a mouthwatering start to the 2012 season in Division 1 of the LV County Championship, as they will face a trip to newly-promoted rivals Surrey at the Kia Oval to kickstart the new campaign.

The action will begin on Thursday, April 5, before they travel to Liverpool to take on reigning champions Lancashire, whilst the opening fixture at The PROBIZ County Ground will see the hosts entertain 2011 runners-up Warwickshire from Thursday, April 26.

The Sharks’ first Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture of the season will take place on Sunday, May 13, at The PROBIZ against the Unicorns whilst Yorkshire Carnegie are the visitors eleven days later in a floodlit affair.

Sussex begin their Friends Life t20 campaign away to neighbours Kent Spitfires on Tuesday, June 12, at nearby Tunbridge Wells, before returning to Hove to take on Hampshire Royals two days later under the lights.

The highlight of Sussex’s fixtures calendar is often the outground festivals, with the Horsham Festival scheduled earlier than usual. This year it features a local derby with Surrey visiting us for an LV CC clash beginning on Wednesday, June 6, with Derbyshire Falcons the opponents in the CB40 on Sunday 10th, at Cricket Field Road.

The Arundel Festival begins on Wednesday, July 18, when 2008 and 2009 Champions Durham are the visitors in the LV CC, whilst Northamptonshire Steelbacks are the CB40 opponents.

Sussex’s full fixture lists are available on www.sussexcricket.co.uk