Lancashire v Sussex, C&G final, Lord's

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Welcome back to the C&G Trophy. The premier domestic one-day tournament has reached its final stage with Lancashire and Sussex ready to continue a hard-fought rivalry. However, this was known two months ago when the final group game were played, but thanks to the ECB fixtures department there has been an entire Twenty20 competition and half of the 40-over league before the showpiece final of the summer.

Still, if the two team remember which length of game they are playing (it is to their advantage that all one-day cricket is now played in coloured clothing) this final has the potential for some outstanding cricket. Lancashire and Sussex have been the two form teams of the season, not only are they contesting the final but hold the top two positions in the Championship. Whatever the result on Saturday, it won't be the end of their contest.

For Lancashire this final marks a return to a ground that used to be their second home during the 1990s as they made regular appearances in one-day finals. But they haven't made it since 1998 - when they beat Derbyshire - and have had to endure a raft of semi-final defeats. Sussex's absence has been even longer, stretching back 13 years to possibly the greatest domestic final when they were beaten by an Asif Din-inspired Warwickshire in the 1993 Natwest final.

Already thus season these two sides have played each other on three occasions; twice in the Championship and once in the Pro40. Lancashire took the honours with in the Championship with an impressive win at Liverpool before holding on for a battling draw at Hove, but Sussex claimed the Pro40 match thanks to stunning century from Chris Adams.

There is a history of hard-fought contests and Mark Chilton, Lancashire's captain, is expecting nothing less this time around. "Any team that has Grizzly [Chris] Adams in charge is going to provide a tough challenge. We have had some good contests with them and they are a side fill of talented players.

"You can see through our one-day form - in the C&G early in the season - as well as our championship form, we are two teams who deserve to be challenging for two big prizes."

Michael Yardy, one of the new faces in England's one-day squad, forms part of a powerful Sussex batting order which also includes Adams, Murray Goodwin, Matt Prior and Richard Montgomerie. While Yardy can look forward to his first taste of international cricket, Prior will want to use the final to remind the selectors of his talents after missing out on all England's squads this summer.

Lancashire, too, have players with points to prove. Sajid Mahmood is available before joining up with the England squad and has yet to convince in the limited overs game while Mal Loye, who has been on the verge of national honours this season, has a major stage to show England what they are missing.

Murali Kartik, who arrived in Manchester on Tuesday, has been named in Lancashire's 14-man squad and could be selected in favour of Gary Keedy, who has struggled in recent weeks. Their seam attack is strong with Mahmood, Glen Chapple, Dominic Cork and Tom Smith providing a powerful armoury.

If Kartik makes the final XI, it will throw up a head-to-head with Mushtaq Ahmed, who has so often been Sussex's trump card in major matches. Mushtaq is top of the Championship wicket-taking list despite suffering a variety of injuries and is the vital cog in the Sussex attack. Yasir Arafat, the Pakistan allrounder who replaced Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, is dangerous with the new and old ball so Pakistani cricketers are unlikely to be far from the action for the second weekend running.

Lancashire (probable) Mark Chilton (capt), Mal Loye, Stuart Law, Nathan Astle, Luke Sutton (wk), Glen Chapple, Dominic Cork, Kyle Hogg, Tom Smith, Sajid Mahmood, Murali Kartik.

Sussex (probable) Richard Montgomerie, Matt Prior (wk), Murray Goodwin, Chris Adams (capt), Michael Yardy, Carl Hopkinson, Robin Martin-Jenkins, Yasir Arafat, Luke Wright, Mushtaq Ahmed, James Kirtley

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source - Cricinfo
 
Go sussex!!!!
inshallah mushy and yasir do well
 
Should be a cracking final, i hope sussex win with mushy and yasir doing well!
 
Should be a great final! Hope Mushy and Arafat do well.
 
Hopefully it doesn't rain, i'm at Lords tomorrow and I hope to see a Lancashire victory and I don't want the occasion to be ruined by rain.
 
Cmon Sussex --

Headlines tomorrow : Mushy and Arafat star in Sussex victory

Sussex bat first - 390/9 (50 ov) - Arafat 150 Mushy 39

Lanacashire bat - 100 all out - Arafat 4/16 Mushy 6/11
 
I though mushy dont play in the odis but would love to see hm in there.

Sussex should win pretty easily imo because too much firepower.

Arafat will be trying to prove a point to the selectors.
 
start delayed by 15 mins due to overnight rain.

Lancs win toss and will bowl 1st, both teams have powerful long batting line ups and also very good bowling attacks aswell.

hope its a cracking final!
 
Sussex 3/0 in 2nd over

Kyal hogg getting some nip back movement into right handers.
 
Good to see two Pakistanis involved in today's match in Yasir Arafat and the little leggie Mushtaq Ahmed. Go Sussex!
 
Monty's a gonner. Brilliant work in the field by Lancashire.
 
Prior gifts his wicket away by lapping a pull shot straight in the air to Saj Mahmood. 27/2
 
It's very good bowling by Cork and Hogg. Pretty accurate and movement too which is troubling the batsmen and keeping the runs down.

33/2 off 10.
 
When Cork gets it in that channel outside the off stump then the Sussex batsmen won't score all day. The late movement in the air is just too hard to adjust to unless it's very wide which allows the cut stroke to come out.
 
Jesus christ the Sussex running is ridiculous. There has been 4 muck ups in the space of 10 overs. It's like watching Yousuf and Inzamam.
 
The running between th wickets has been a bit like inzy and yousuf lol
 
and another one. Chapple strikes. Goodwin goes and it's 46/4
 
Yardy gets an edge and it goes between Law at 1st and Astle at 2nd slip. Lucky boy.
 
The match will be over by 3pm at this rate. Very good bowling by Lancashire.
 
Lancs outplaying Sussex so far.
 
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Toony™® said:
excellent toss to win.
that's an understatement to say the least. The movement offered to the pace bowlers is unplayable. All you have to do is get the line right and the conditions do the rest. Mahmood and Chapple have good seam positions and are getting the ball to move both ways and forcing lots of inside and outside edges from the batsmen.

61/5 off 21
 
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RMJ gone now with an inside edge to Chapple. Revenge quickly from Chapple.
 
A wicket for Glen Chapple.

Sussex, in even more trouble.
 
Sussex hard done by there, replays indicate it came off the pad and not inside edge.

Arafat comes to the crease!
 
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Rob H said:
free hit only goes for leg bye. 93/6 off 29.
They hav free hits in C& G trophy as well.... i thought it was in twenty20 only
 
Arafat will save the day, inshallah and Mushy will bowl them out.
 
Well Sussex had got to 110!

Yasir is saving the day as I predicted he would do!

COME ON SUSSEX!
 
Yasir Arafat can force the PCB selectors to include him in the ODI squad with a decent allrounder performance.
 
Arafat trying to go over the top but not getting anything in the middle yet.
 
Yardy's brilliant resourceful innings comes to an end to Murali Kartik.
 
Good stuff from Luke Wright. He's got power this lad and could get Sussex to 200.
 
Wright tosses his wicket away dancing down the pitch to Kartik. Stumped by a mile. 164/9
 
Saj does Mushy with a brilliant slower ball yorker. 172 all out
 
172 AO.

Will Lancs be able to chase this? C'mon Mushy and Arafat!!
 
Well bowled James Kirtley.

Triple strike, Lancs reeling at 28-3.
 
Look at Arafat - Econ of just 2.75 - much better than that loser Kirtley who has an econ of 4.00
 
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