2021 County Championship – Northamptonshire vs Sussex Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Northamptonshire vs Sussex taking place? Thursday 6th May, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Northamptonshire vs Sussex taking place? The County Ground, Northampton

What is the expected weather for Northamptonshire vs Sussex? It is expected to be heavy rain throughout day three on Saturday but there isn't anticipated to be any disruptions on days one, two or four with the temperatures averaging at around 14c

Where can I get tickets for Northamptonshire vs Sussex? The County Championship will initially be played without spectators but it is worth checking each county’s official website for updates

What channel is Northamptonshire vs Sussex on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Northamptonshire vs Sussex? Matches can be streamed live on the official websites of the First-Class Counties

THE PREDICTION

The home side come into this on the back of an excruciating one-run defeat at Headingley against Yorkshire last week. The loss of captain and keeper Adam Rossington due to injury is likely to be important as runs become hard for Northants to regularly score. However, the form of new captain Ricardo Vasconcelos as well as part-time all-rounder Rob Keogh will give them hope. Those two led them to their only win of the season with hundreds in their seven-wicket victory against Glamorgan.

They come up against a Sussex side that threw away a 98-run lead against Lancashire last week to fall to a five-wicket loss. A second-innings collapse brought about by potent Lancs’ bowling contributed to their second consecutive defeat. The improved form of Delray Rawlins will continue to give Sussex hppe for an upturn in form as middle-order runs have dropped. The form of opening batsman Tom Haines has been the key bright spark.

The scores at Northampton so far this season have been high with no score of below 311-5 declared for a completed innings. Given that, the better bowling attack will be valued higher and the visitors will welcome Ollie Robinson back into the team after his rest against Lancashire; he has taken 20 wickets in three matches so far this season. Given that, the visitors could come into this as slight favourites.

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