Sussex all set for Festival of Cricket

Action from last year's Festival of Cricket. Below: Zac Toumazi
Action from last year's Festival of Cricket. Below: Zac Toumazi

Sussex County Cricket Club’s stars descend on Horsham next week for the annual Festival of Cricket and it seems everyone will be feeling the love at Cricketfield Road.

The annual visit of the county side starts on Monday with a County Championship game against Warwickshire, before a One-Day Cup game against Nottinghamshire on Sunday (July 27).

JAMES BOARDMAN / 07967642437'Sussex County Cricket Clubs new Chief Executive Zac Toumazi speaks during a press conference at the PROBIZ County ground in Hove. December 20 2012. ENGSUS00120130110152944

JAMES BOARDMAN / 07967642437'Sussex County Cricket Clubs new Chief Executive Zac Toumazi speaks during a press conference at the PROBIZ County ground in Hove. December 20 2012. ENGSUS00120130110152944

It will be against the odds, however, after at the start of the year, fears emerged that the prestigious event could be scrapped owing to funding issues.

Thankfully, an anonymous backer stumped up the cash along with a number of sponsors to preserve the relationship with Sussex, who have been playing at the ground since 1908.

Sussex chief executive Zac Toumazi has admitted he is delighted that the historic event has been saved as it is a ground they simply love playing at.

He said: “It was in the balance a bit but an individual, who is anonymous, put in an amount of money to fund it along with some sponsors from around the area, thankfully.

“Personally, I am delighted we are going ahead at Horsham as it goes back for us historically many, many years so it was very important for us.

“Our ladies play cricket games up there as well and we have a good relationship with the club.

“We love playing there and it is always a great week. It’s a fantastic wicket, the club is well staffed and all the volunteers are excellent.

“The wicket is always such high quality and we love playing our cricket at Horsham, no question about it.”

The four-day game on Monday starts at 11am, before their first One-Day Cup, 50-over match of the season, on Sunday (10.30am).

More in this week’s West Sussex County Times.