Sussex County Cricket Club
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Sussex County Cricket Club are the oldest professional cricket club in the country, formed in 1839 and are based at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, a city centre oasis in Brighton & Hove.
Sussex had tasted one-day success in 1963, 1964, 1978 and 1986 but The Golden Decade is regarded as the most successful period in the long history, with Sussex winning an historic first County Championship title in 2003, 164 years after their formation.
They reclaimed the County Championship in both 2006 and 2007, as well as making 2006 a ‘double’ winning year, with the County also winning the C&G Trophy in a thrilling low-scoring final at Lord’s against Lancashire.
Sussex also embarked on one-day success, winning the Pro40 League in both 2008 and 2009, the latter also inspiring the Club to a first Twenty20 title, beating Somerset on Finals Day at Edgbaston. They became by far the most successful County side of the decade with stars such as Chris Adams, Mushtaq Ahmed, James Kirtley, Richard Montgomerie, Robin Martin-Jenkins and Murray Goodwin to name but a few.
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With the fantastic ground redevelopment having taken place at Hove over the past few years, the ground is now not only one of the most impressive non-test playing grounds in the country but also a fine non-matchday venue with facilities to cater for all events 365 days a year.