As part of Ed Joyce Testimonial Year programme, Cricket Ireland and English County Club, Sussex, have announced that Sussex Sharks will play an invitational T20 match against an Ireland XI at Arundel Castle on 2th Jun 2018.
The programme, run by Sussex Cricket Club, is to honour Ed’s contribution to the club from 2009 – 2016, during which he also captained the club from mid-2012 to 2015.
Rob Andrew, Sussex Cricket Chief Executive, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to support Ed’s testimonial by taking part in this historic T20 in the beautiful setting of the Arundel Castle ground.”
“Thanks to his performances as a batsman and leadership as captain, Ed is quite rightly regarded as a Sussex legend. This match will be a fitting way for the club’s supporters to celebrate Ed’s achievements and help raise money for the PCA Benevolent Fund and Sussex Cricket Foundation, the two charities Ed has chosen to support through his testimonial.”
“It’s brilliant, also, to be able to bring a T20 match to Arundel in 2018 after all.”
“I definitely played my best cricket at Sussex and am very grateful to all the players, coaches and supporters who firstly welcomed me to the club, and then also helped bring the best out of my game,” said Ed Joyce, who is currently in South Africa as part of Ireland’s pre-WCQ tour before they head to Zimbabwe for the 10-nation tournament.
“To have played First-class cricket for 20 years and to have represented my nation at an international level for the last 12 years has been a tremendous journey, and with Ireland and Sussex coming together for this match is truly humbling.”
The match timing is perfect for Ireland as they take on India on home soil for the first time in a bi-lateral T20I series comprising two matches, to be played on 27th and 29th Jun 2018 in Dublin.