Northants travel down to Hove to face fellow strugglers Susses, in a must win game for both sides in the LV= County Championship.
Last Time the Sides Met
This will be the first time these two sides have faced each other in the four day format, in four years. In 2010, both sides won the home fixture, as Susses went on to win Division Two in the LV=CC.
Northants saw an upturn in fortunes in their last game, as they travelled down to Lord’s to take on Middlesex. Northants won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision that after the first day and a half, seemed to be wrong, as the hosts declared on 488/9 thanks to Dawid Malan scoring an unbeaten 154. In reply, a maiden first-class century from Steven Crook who scored 131, and half centuries from James Kettleborough on his LV=CC debut and Andrew Hall helped Northants reach 384. Middlesex decided to declare on 199/5 in their second innings, leaving Northants needing an unlikely 304 runs to win in just under two sessions. Northants ended the game on 82/3, as the game finished in a draw, with the visitors coming away with 10 much needed points.
Sussex struggled in their last game, as they travelled up to Chester-le-Street to take on Durham. Thanks to a century from Mark Stoneman, the hosts finished on 337 all out, with Lewis Hatchett the pick of the bowlers taking a fivefer. In reply, despite an unbeaten half century from Luke Wright, Susses were bowled out for 205, as England all-rounder Ben Stokes took 7 for 67. Durham then extended their lead as they declared on 359/6, with Keaton Jennings hitting a century for the hosts. The visitors then capitulated, as they were bowled out for 182, losing by 309 runs.
Ones to Watch
Sussex have a well-balanced side, and are well led by Irishman Ed Joyce, who has scored 703 runs already this season at a brilliant average of 70.3. With Chris Jordan away with England, their bowling attack will be led by Steve Magoffin, who has taken 39 wickets at an average of 21.
David Ripley has made three changes to the side that drew with Middlesex last week.
Rob Keogh has injured his finger so is not part of the squad and is replaced by Kyle Coetzer.
Whilst David Willey and Olly Stone both come in to replace Maurice Chambers and Muhammad Azhar Ullah.