Summer stirs Adams' senses

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Chris Adams

Chris Adams has set his sights on a repeat of last year's success

Regardless of whether Sussex win the LV County Championship title this week, captain Chris Adams insists this has been the most enjoyable season of his career.

Sussex go into the last round of matches trailing Lancashire by six points and needing to beat relegated Worcestershire to stand any realistic chance of retaining their crown.

While Lancashire take on Surrey at the Brit Oval, third-placed Durham go into their game with Kent at Canterbury also harbouring ambitions of being crowned champions.

Adams said: “Overall this has been the most fascinating season I can remember, buoyed by two overseas players per side, including Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, some top Kolpak players like Jacques Rudolph and England players like Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison playing in Division One.

“The quality of player on show this season has been outstanding and if we do win this one it will crown the season I have enjoyed playing in the most.”

Victory this year would top Sussex’s triumph 12 months ago and also in 2003, according to Adams, who explained: “Generally we haven’t played our best cricket this year but the test of a good side is to hang in there when you’re not playing your best.”

His participation has been put in doubt by injury - he has had five stitches in the little finger of his right hand - but he will test the wound before play starts on Tuesday.

“The only concern will be if the stitches rip out because then I am back to square one,” Adams said.

“That is the only thing that will stop me from playing and I am really confident I will make it.

“The emphasis has been trying to get me on to the field, not just for the batting but for tactical decisions that have to be made on the field.

“If we were three or four games to go I would have pulled out by now. This is a one-off game and we are still capable of winning the championship.”

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