Brown out to prove himself as the Sussex number-one

Ben Brown
Ben Brown

Eastbourne’s Ben Brown was selected for Sussex as they begun their 2013 LV=County Championship Division One campaign in Yorkshire at Headingley on Wednesday.

Following their pre-season trip to Dubai and warm-up games against Hampshire and Loughborough MCCU at The County Ground, Sussex travelled to Yorkshire to open their Championship season against a side who were promoted from Division Two last season.

Suusex and Brown got off to a perfect start as Yorkshire’s first innings collapsed for a measly 96 all out with Browm collecting four catches behind the stumps.

Firstly, he caught Yorkshire opener Alex Lees off the bowling of Chris Jordon.

The wickets of Andrew Gale, Jonathan Bairstow and Gary Ballance were also safely gathered by the gloves of Brown.

At the time of going to press, Sussex were all out for 356 with Brown falling just short of his century with an excellent 96.

Ryan Sidebottom claimed three Sussex wickets with Liam Plunkett taking one.

Brown, a wicketkeeper-batsman, signed a two-year extension to his contract which will keep him at Hove until at least the end of the 2014 season.

He has played 14 first-class matches during the 2012 season, scored more than 500 runs as well as taking 38 catches behind the stumps.

He also featured in 10 Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and five Friends Life t20 games before representing England, along with Chris Nash, in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament.This year he will hope to establish himself as the first choice with Matt Prior away on England duty and the departure of Andrew Hodd.

Another Eastbourne player Callum Jackson, didn’t make the squad for Yorkshire but is expected to fuigure as first reserve for Brown this season.

Sussex can include three new faces in their squad since the end of last summer, as Chris Jordan and Andrew Miller aim to make their competitive debuts for the County, whilst the returning Rory Hamilton-Brown is included following his winter move back to Hove from Surrey.

Monty Panesar, who returns to Sussex action following the winter tour with England to New Zealand, has bowled more LV=CC maidens (520) than any other bowler on the circuit since moving to Hove.

Sussex squad: JE Anyon, BC Brown (wkt), JS Gatting, RJ Hamilton-Brown, CJ Jordan, EC Joyce (capt), CJ Liddle, SJ Magoffin, AS Miller, CD Nash, MS Panesar, LWP Wells, MH Yardy.