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Ollie Pope’s side will be looking to make it four wins from four matches when Sussex Sharks travel up the M23 on Friday night

Gates open at 4:30pm, with play getting underway at 6:30pm. A limited number of tickets available to purchase here. Match-day information can be found here.

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Surrey name an unchanged 14-player squad for the visit of the Sharks.


The Sharks have played two matches so far this campaign. They beat Gloucestershire at home in a last ball thriller last Friday, before losing by 25 runs at Glamorgan on Sunday.

Captain: Tymal Mills

Overseas players: Daniel Hughes (Australia), Nathan McAndrew (Australia)

Finals Day appearances: Five (2007, 2009, 2012, 2018, 2021)

Titles: One (2009)

2023 finish: Sixth (South Group)

2023 leading run-scorer: Ravi Bopara (408)

2023 leading wicket-taker: Tymal Mills & Ravi Bopara (12)

Key winter moves: Tymal Mills, one of only three players who took part at Finals Day in 2021 still at Sussex, takes over as captain. Daniel Hughes, the experienced Australian left-hander who has played 105 Big Bash games, will be joined by compatriot Nathan McAndrew, who played seven Blast matches for Sussex in 2023.

The big question: Neither of Sussex’s two top scorers in 2023 – Ravi Bopara and Michael Burgess – are around this year so who is going to fire the batting? A lot depends on Daniel Hughes, who is experiencing the Blast for the first time, while Danny Lamb will look to take on Bopara’s all-rounder role.

Wildcard watch: James Coles played 11 games last year without producing a match-winning performance but with that experience under his belt the 20-year-old could be crucial this season, as a tempo-setting batter in the top four and with his improving left-arm spin in the middle overs.

Final thought: Sussex won five games away but only once at Hove and coach Paul Farbrace has prioritised improving that home record. They are set to lose young Scotland internationals Brad Currie and Charlie Tear to the World Cup and lack obvious star quality. They will need to start well if they are to threaten the big hitters in the South Group.