Cricket: Sussex move gaining ground

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SUSSEX last night encountered little opposition from members over their plans to move away from Hove's County Ground, their home for the last 126 years.

The members had been expected to voice their disapproval at Sussex's decision to join forces with the homeless football club Brighton and Hove Albion in a bid for a new multi-purpose sports stadium in the county. The Sussex chairman, Robin Marlar, told the county's annual general meeting in the Grand Hotel in Brighton that political will to make the move happen was growing.

"There are now quite a few people who have a vision of a new multi-purpose sports complex, which is ideally placed, and if we can pull it off, it'll be a dream fulfilled," he said. "We've made friends with a lot of people who are willing this to happen. There has been a running sore on this matter for the last 20 years, but now momentum is growing."

Marlar, who led the Sussex revolution a year ago when the old committee were forced to resign by members, admitted the issue of leaving Hove was "not simple". Marlar has visited four shortlisted sites and hopes to have a replacement finalised by the end of the year.

Sussex's problems also extend to sponsorship. With just three weeks to go before the start of the season, a Sussex-based firm in the financial services industry, which was to have backed the club, has been taken over and the new owners are not going ahead with the deal.