Sussex skipper Joyce still enjoys festival despite Horsham hammering

Wells facing for Sussex at the Horsham ground. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517287 SUS-150721-083134001
Wells facing for Sussex at the Horsham ground. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517287 SUS-150721-083134001

Sussex captain Ed Joyce has said that despite suffering a hammering against Notts he still loves playing at Horsham.

The 36-year-old Ireland international stressed that it was positive notion from the county that they continued to play outground games and admitted that Cricketfield Road was his favourite venue for it.

Speaking after an innings and a 103-run defeat, the skipper was still upbeat about their experience in their annual Festival of Cricket clash.

He said: “I absolutely love coming to this ground and I always have good memories of cricket here as we have generally played well here.

“The overall thing that we all like coming here is that we generally play on a very good cricket wicket.

“It obviously hasn’t gone our way in this game, but that is certainly nothing to do with the pitch or the way we have been welcomed or anything we have got from the ground staff or anything like that. We couldn’t have been any more welcomed and we are all very big fans of playing up at Horsham.”

On the superb support over the three days which saw a boosted LV=County Championship crowd compared to some at Hove, Joyce said: “I played for Middlesex here and it always felt like it was good support.

“It is good bringing county cricket around the counties and not a lot of counties do it now, it’s a good thing that we do.

“We especially like coming here possibly over Arundel because we get looked after a bit better and the pitch tends to be a really good cricket wicket, not favouring anything in particular.

“It’s just a good place to come and the boys enjoy it.”

After receiving national acclaim last year, the wicket also received praise from the batsman.

He added: “It can be a big toss to win as it does turn later on. It seams throughout the game but not overly. It’s one of those wickets as a bowler we talk about it if you are a seam bowler of spin bowler you have a small margin for error, but if you do bowl well you can get the rewards.

“Likewise, if you do bat well and get in you also get the rewards which is exactly what you want.”