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The development of a plan to forge closer links between professional and recreational cricket in Sussex will be main focus of a new initiative proposed by the Sussex Cricket Board (SCB) and Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC).

'Cricket Sussex', an all-embracing strategy for the game in the county, will come under the auspices of a newly formed body called the Board of Control, based on the Australian style of cricket management where the game is fully integrated under a single Cricket Association in each state.

The BoC will undertake a series of detailed reviews of existing services and resources, with a view to ensuring improved efficiency, through shared activity and improved liaison. It will also carry out a full review of the funding of cricket in Sussex, including fund matching, bulk purchasing of equipment for clubs and insurance pooling.

The recommendation is made in a Consultation Document which will be issued to all cricket organisations in the county who will be invited to offer their feed back.

The document has been produced by the Building Partnerships in Sussex Cricket Group, which was set up at the end of 2006 by the SCB and the SCCC.

The Group's Chairman, David Bowden,said:"Our initiative in Sussex emanates from the England and Wales Cricket Board's Cricket's Strategic Plan for 2005 to 2009 - from Playground to Test Arena, which was issued by the ECB in 2005.

"The aim of the initiative has been to recommend a series of measures, which will lead to a greater degree of cohesion, coordination and integration amongst the various and numerous stakeholders in County, which will lead to fullest possible support to them all," he said.

Amongst the other recommendations is a proposal for a full review of the future pattern for Sussex league cricket, with a cascading style of automatic promotion and relegation.

For further information, please contact David Bowden (Chairman of the Building Partnerships Group) at dbrb@lineone.net or on 01273 555561.

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