Sussex in it together
Mushtaq Ahmed played down his own contribution and insisted it was a team effort which saw Sussex clinch their second Liverpool Victoria County Championship title after beating Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Mushtaq took a career-best 9-48 in the second innings and 13 wickets in the match as Sussex won by an innings and 245 runs to finish with 102 wickets for the season.
However, he refused to bask in personal glory.
He said: “I’d like to say thank you to Allah for giving us a great victory.
“It’s not an individual game, it’s a team effort and I’m very glad and a very lucky man to have been part of this with the Sussex boys. We are like a united team.
“This season has been a very good season for Sussex because the bowling and batting has done so well for us.
“I can name everybody, from a management point of view and the players’ point of view, and the supporters.
“We feel this is a family club and everybody plays for each other,” he told Sky Sports.
Captain Chris Adams revelled in his team’s triumphant season which saw them do the double by also claiming the C&G Trophy.
He said: “This is very different from 2003 - it’s a different side. It’s a magnificent feeling and to do the double is just tremendous
“2006 is Sussex’s year. We won it because we were the best team this year and that is factual.”
Although the margin of victory was emphatic, Adams insisted the prospect of travelling to Trent Bridge to clinch the title had been a difficult one with the hosts in grave danger of relegation just a year after being champions themselves.
He said: “It was hard. It has come down to the wire.
“Nottinghamshire are a good outfit and to break them down was never going to be easy.
“They are clinging to the division. We wish them well because they are a great outfit and we hope they are going to survive this year.
“It came down to a good toss that was won. Richard Montgomerie and Michael Yardy batted magnificently. We were nervous but it settled the nerves and we posted a good score and Mushtaq did the rest.”
Adams also paid tribute to coach Mark Robinson, saying: “Mark Robinson has had a fantastic year as coach.
“The team go out there, the team take the glory, the team gets the trophies but you have to understand what makes this club so special is a huge number of people who work on the team’s behalf off the field.
“And they put in just as much effort as we do and that’s what makes Sussex very special.”