County news November 10, 2009

Sussex to avoid future floodlight failure

Cricinfo staff

Sussex have announced the development of new floodlights after the embarrassment of last season when they failed and forced a premature end to a Twenty20 Cup match against Kent .

Brighton and Hove Council gave permission for the erection of two new pylons - one behind the members pavilion and a second just north of the main scoreboard - to add to the existing eight, which will also be revamped.

Chief executive Dave Brooks said: "The original lights erected in 1998 were unable to offer the light required to meet ECB guidelines. They had become obsolete and rather unreliable. After our issues in 2009, I am delighted that the Council have accepted this application and the understanding and input from local residents has been a real help in achieving this."

The new lights will run by a different system to the troublesome generator of last year, when floodlight failure meant a Twenty20 match had to be shortened. Visitors Kent were 66 without loss from 11 overs chasing a modest 131 when bad light stopped play. Unable to continue, Sussex - eventual winners of the tournament - won by two runs through Duckworth/Lewis.

Brooks is understandably be keen to avoid any further mishaps next season. "With funding partly supplied by the ECB, I am looking forward to this significant improvement in the staging of floodlit cricket at Hove from 2010."