Praise for off-field team as Sussex continue T20 success

Coach Mark Robinson has praised the support he gets behind the scenes in helping Sussex reach their third successive Twenty20 Cup quarter-final appearance.

It would have been easy for Robinson to heap praise on his players after their 11-run win over Surrey Lions set up a home quarter-final against Lancashire Lightning, especially as Murray Goodwin made an unbeaten 100.

The tie should guarantee a third successive 6,500 sell-out at the Probiz County Ground at Hove for Sussex and with it an important revenue boost.

Robinson said: “I’m chuffed for (chairman) Jim May and (chief executive) Dave Brooks that we have this opportunity to play in front of another full house and generate extra revenue.

“They give the cricket side brilliant backing, there isn’t any politics or issues behind the scenes – the whole club deserves a day like this, effectively a cup semi-final in front of a big crowd.”

Robinson admits Lancashire would not be his first choice of opponents as Sussex attempt to reach finals day for the third time. Like the Sharks, they have plenty of spin bowling options to exploit what is likely to be a slow, used pitch.

“If it is like that their attack would seem ideally suited but of course we’re delighted to be at home. You can control your preparations, you can sleep in your own bed. We know our ground and our boundaries and we will have a big crowd behind us.”

The tie is the last of the four quarter-finals to take place, on Monday August 8 (7.10pm).

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