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Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey to Sussex

Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.

The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.

Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.

'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.

'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Brendan Rodgers arrives at court to support son Anton charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

Liverpool boss Rodgers arrives in court to support son charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

By
Paul Collins

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13:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 21 January 2013

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was at the Old Bailey today as his son Anton arrived to face trial accused of sexual assault and voyeurism.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Jury’s Inn hotel in Brighton, East Sussex, in July 2011.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Rodgers, 19, Lewis Dunk, 21, George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny the charges.

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

The players are alleged to have assaulted a woman at the hotel. Rodgers, Barker and Cook are on bail.

The trial is not due to open in front of a jury until tomorrow.

Strolling: Rodgers walks to the court

Anton Rodgers, 19

Brighton defender Ben Sampayo, 19, has been told no further action will be taken against him over the alleged incident after he was arrested.

A sixth player, Seagulls midfielder Tommy Elphick, 24, was released without charge following the original arrests in January.

The charges come after a four-month investigation by Sussex Police.

Cricket match-fixing: Sussex confirm 2011 approach

Sussex confirm their own players rejected bribe to fix CB40 match in 2011

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01:13 GMT, 18 November 2012

Sussex have confirmed their players were offered money to fix a televised Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Kent in 2011.

The county carried out an internal investigation after several players were approached by phone, but found no evidence of wrongdoing and immediately reported their findings to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In a fix: Sussex, who play at the County Ground, Hove, have revealed their players rejected an approach to fix a match back in 2011

In a fix: Sussex, who play at the County Ground, Hove, have revealed their players rejected an approach to fix a match back in 2011

Sussex chief executive Dave Brookes said: ‘The players were approached via phone. They turned down the approach, contacted the club and informed us of it. It’s not something I’ve come across at Sussex in my time and we’ve had no reports since either.’

Kent beat Sussex by 14 runs in the game at Hove, which was televised live.

A Sussex statement added: ‘In conjunction with the ICC (International Cricket Council), a full investigation was undertaken with nothing untoward coming to light, and the club’s prompt action receiving praise.’

Essex pace bowler Mervyn Westfield was jailed for four months in February this year after admitting a corruption charge relating to a 2009 game against Durham in the same domestic competition.

Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil sign off in style

Frank goodness! Superhorse Frankel and trainer Cecil sign off in style at Ascot

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21:30 GMT, 21 October 2012

A young and freakish horse was welcomed into the winners' enclosure as 'The Champion of All Time'.

Watching on, a frail and ageing chap tapped his fingers on the rail and his arctic-blue eyes glistened.

Frankel and his trainer Sir Henry Cecil, two of the great beasts of the racing world, combined at Ascot on Saturday to create as poignant a sporting scene as could be imagined.

Outstanding: Trainer Sir Henry Cecil (right) watched Frankel romp to victory at Ascot in style

Outstanding: Trainer Sir Henry Cecil (right) watched Frankel romp to victory at Ascot in style

Unbeatable: Frankel made it 14 wins from as many races in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Unbeatable: Frankel made it 14 wins from as many races in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Frankel factfile

Sire: Galileo

Dam: Kind

Age: Four

Foaled: February 11, 2008

Owner: Prince Khalid Abdullah

Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil

Career earnings: 2,998,302.

Race record: Fourteen wins from 14 starts, including 10 victories at Group One level.

Group One victories: Champion Stakes (2012); Juddmonte International (2012); Sussex Stakes (2012); Queen Anne Stakes (2012); Lockinge Stakes (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2011); Sussex Stakes (2011); St James's Palace Stakes (2011): 2000 Guineas (2011); Dewhurst Stakes (2010)

Other notable wins: Greenham Stakes (2011), Royal Lodge Stakes (2010).

Frankel deserved every accolade
Roget's Thesaurus could bestow, and he was lavished with every one of
them in the accompanying media love-in.

His 14th and farewell victory in the
mile-and-a-quarter Qipco Champion Stakes on alien, rain-softened
terrain, against classy rivals, confirmed his status as arguably the
greatest equine specimen in 300 years of breeding.

As for Sir Henry Richard Amherst
Cecil, nephew of the third Lord Amherst of Hackney, he is left with a
hoarse whisper after a six-year fight against cancer waged as defiantly
and jauntily as the angle at which he wore his brown trilby.

His record since beginning his career
in 1969 – 10-time champion trainer, 37 Classic winners, four Derby
winners and more than 70 Royal Ascot winners – is a mark of the man.

But figures do not reveal enough
about his special touch with horses and humans. He trains by instinct
and sagacity rather than any manual. With regard to his common touch
with us two-legged creatures, he is in danger of giving toffs a good
name.

Downing Street take note. Always as
ready to talk to a scruff as a prince, he doffed his hat to ladies as
they greeted him. He signed autographs, left-handed with a big downward
stroke for the first line of the H and a quick scrawl thereafter.

Hug it out: Tom Queally grabs hold of Frankel's neck after their impressive victory

Hug it out: Tom Queally grabs hold of Frankel's neck after their impressive victory

One woman asked him a question and he pointed to his mouth, leaving her to lipread that he could barely talk.

He thought better of it and returned.
Pointing to the grass with those big expressive hands of his, he half
mimed, half whispered by way of explaining that the going was not
ideally to Frankel's liking.

Cecil craned his neck to tell me: 'I probably got him too relaxed.'

Frankel was dawdling in the stalls as the rest of the field left. It made a race of it.

But Cecil added: 'He's a magnificent horse. He is the best I've had and the best I've seen.

'I'd be amazed if there has ever been a better one. This has been the perfect day.'

Cecil took off his hat for the
presentation. In fact, the millinery is a recent addition to his
wardrobe as chemotherapy has left his hair wispy.

The ovation he received was the biggest of the day. Three cheers were proposed.

We are not acclaiming a saint. He is a
69-year-old who laughs at the notion he might be the only boy from his
prep school, Sunningdale, to fail the exam to Eton.

Job done: Saudi Arabian owner Prince Khalid Abdullah (right) congratulates Cecil on an historic day at Ascot

Job done: Saudi Arabian owner Prince Khalid Abdullah (right) congratulates Cecil on an historic day at Ascot

Forget it: Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) had no chance of catching Frankel

Forget it: Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) had no chance of catching Frankel

He went instead to Canford and then,
with his twin brother David, to the Royal Agricultural College,
Cirencester, where by his own admission he studied 'drinking and
gambling'.

He left without sitting an exam. His
life was occasionally paraded in the gossip columns, proving that
stables life and carnal lusts are not just Jilly Cooper fantasies.

He spiralled into decline when his twin died of cancer in 2000 and hit the bottle hard.

His career was ebbing away at the same time, a falling out with the significant owner, Sheik Mohammed, central to the malaise.

The 2005 season is what the Queen,
who was in attendance among Saturday's 32,000 sell-out crowd, might call
his annus horribilis. He had just 12 winners, 101 fewer than nine years
before.

His prize money amounted to a meagre 145,000.

Royal approval: The Queen watched Frankel win the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Royal approval: The Queen watched Frankel win the Champion Stakes at Ascot

While on Newmarket Heath he overheard someone say: 'That's Henry Cecil. He should have retired a long time ago.'

It fired him up. This year he won
2.65million. The dandyish Cecil , whose catholic tastes are hinted at
by the tin soldiers and fossils on display in his study, admits that
Frankel, along with his third wife Jane, has sustained him through the
illness.

How will he fare now that the
four-year-old colt, his all-consuming professional passion, is going to
Banstead Manor Stud to begin his life as a playboy bachelor

Around 120 trysts with the world's most alluring mares are planned next year at 100,000 a go.

Frankel deserves it. He is the
outstanding horse of our generation. Prior to Saturday, he had won his
previous 13 races by a total of 74 and a half lengths.

Crowd pleaser: Tom Queally and Frankel pass the stands after winning the Champion Stakes

Crowd pleaser: Tom Queally and Frankel pass the stands after winning the Champion Stakes

And if arguments could be put forward
for the likes of Sea Bird, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Sea The Stars
and Dancing Brave as being rivals for the title of greatest ever, no
horse ever did more to send the spirits soaring than Frankel.

Twice in his iridescent career he won
by 10 lengths or more, including unforgettably at Royal Ascot this
year.W e can laud him to the heavens now, but you sensed the crowd were
nervous before the race.

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Going gets tough: there had been worries about the state of the track ahead of the big race

Going gets tough: there had been worries about the state of the track ahead of the big race

Yes, Frankel was 2-11 but there was
so much legendary status at stake in these sodden conditions that it was
a roar of relief as much as joy that broke out as he first drew level
with the French gelding Cirrus Des Aigles at the crest of the bend and
then quickened away to triumph by a length and three quarters.

Jockey Tom Queally said: 'He didn't
bounce along the ground like he can. I gave him a crack (of the whip),
which isn't common, and he powered off. He's done so much for so many
people.

'For me to get this chance is a million-to-one shot.'

Yes, Frankel has added lustre to Flat racing to rival that contemporary legend of National Hunt, Kauto Star.

No, Frankel never raced over a
mile-and-a-half, an omission some believe means that he cannot be hailed
as first among equals. I leave that to the equine historians. I merely
celebrate a free-flowing, big-lunged, long-striding phenomenon and his
stylish trainer for their own unique splendour.

Full house: It was no course to see the stadium packed to the rafters

Full house: It was no surprise to see the course packed to the rafters

Odds on: Frankel was the huge favourite to win

Odds on: Frankel was the huge favourite to win

Holly Colvin says England women out for Twenty20 revenge

Colvin says England women out to strike back as they try and regain Twenty20 crown

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21:30 GMT, 3 October 2012

England's women hope to move one step closer to regaining the ICC World Twenty20 crown with victory over New Zealand in the semi-finals in Colombo on Thursday.

Charlotte Edwards’s side beat New Zealand three years ago to win the title but were knocked out in the group stages in 2010.

Bowler Holly Colvin said: ‘Our goal is to put that right. We learnt a lot from that – everyone was absolutely distraught about being knocked out. Now we’re even more determined this time.

Revenge time: Holly Colvin of England celebrates with team-mate Charlotte Edwards (right)

Revenge time: Holly Colvin of England celebrates with team-mate Charlotte Edwards (right)

‘We’ve got a good mixture of youth and experience. New Zealand will be tough but our recent results have given us confidence. If we’re the team to beat then that’s a good thing.’

Edwards became the first woman to pass 1,500 runs in Twenty20 last week and, in wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, England also boast the only other player to have hit more than 1,000 runs in the shorter version of the game.

Colvin said: ‘Lottie’s (Edwards) brilliant at the top of the order.

‘I have known Sarah since we were eight or nine. We both played for Sussex and were the only girls in the first XI at school.’

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Rory Hamilton-Brown signs for Sussex

Hamilton-Brown returns to Sussex after traumatic season at Surrey

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UPDATED:

09:24 GMT, 28 September 2012

Former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown has returned to his former team Sussex after being released from his contract at The Oval.

Hamilton-Brown sought a move away from Surrey in the wake of his long-time friend and team-mate Tom Maynard's death in June, and was placed on compassionate leave.

The 25-year-old, who had signed a new deal until the end of 2014 earlier this year, returned to action after a month away but struggled with his form.

Returning: Hamilton-Brown spent two years at Sussex from 2008 to 2010

Returning: Hamilton-Brown spent two years at Sussex from 2008 to 2010

Surrey team director Chris Adams announced at the start of September that Hamilton-Brown would be allowed to talk to other counties, and Sussex faced competition from Somerset for his signature.

Hamilton-Brown began his career at Surrey before joining Sussex ahead of the 2008 season. He returned to Surrey for the 2010 campaign, and was made captain at the age of 22 despite his limited first-class experience.

He helped Surrey win the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011 and to promotion to Division One of the County Championship.

Now Hove beckons again, with Sussex saying they are 'delighted' to have brought in the batsman on a three-year contract.

Success: Hamilton-Brown lead Surrey to the CB40 title last year

Success: Hamilton-Brown lead Surrey to the CB40 title last year

Hamilton-Brown said: 'Losing my best friend Tom in June was indescribably painful. We were extremely close but ultimately I know I will emerge from this awful tragedy with renewed strength and purpose.

'I am delighted to be returning to Sussex, a club where I was previously very happy. I would like to thank Mark Robinson, his coaching staff, the players, management and board at Sussex for welcoming me back so warmly.

'There is nothing like feeling wanted to raise spirits and I fully intend to repay the confidence they have shown in me.'

Robinson, Sussex's cricket manager, said of Hamilton-Brown: 'He is a very talented cricketer who is yet to reach his full potential, which makes him such an exciting and dangerous player.'

Frankel wins Sussex Stakes at Goodwood

Sussex stroll: Fantastic Frankel's better by the dozen after Goodwood breeze

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17:29 GMT, 1 August 2012

As Great Britain’s stuttering Olympic challenge finally moved into gold medal gear, Frankel underlined why he is the world’s most ruthless winning machine with a six-length victory in the Group One Sussex Stakes.

Forget Usain Bolt, move over Ye Shiwen and (much as we love him) step aside Wiggo.
You might be the best in your business but when it comes to invincibility, nothing matches the galloping hero of Glorious Goodwood.

Untouchable: Tom Queally eases Frankel down after a sensational victory

Untouchable: Tom Queally eases Frankel down after a sensational victory

And there may be an extra chance to see him race as Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, revealed a tilt at the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on September 16 in the eight-week gap between the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 22 and the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20 is being considered.

Grimthorpe said: ‘The Prix du Moulin would be a possible stepping stone. What we really want to do is get through York. There is no great plan beyond but we have to think about what we might do in that two- month gap.’

Unlike some of our stuttering Olympians, there was never a hint of jitters, nerves or doubt — not that any were expected with the 1-20 favourite which was a third winner at the meeting for trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally.

Downs destroyer: Frankel powers his way to glory

Downs destroyer: Frankel powers his way to glory

Grimthorpe spoke of ‘the glow of victory’ extending to Newmarket where Cecil is recovering from the draining chemotherapy and Los Angeles where Abdullah has undergone a back operation.

The nearest thing to a racing certainty that you are ever likely to see proved a stroll of the Downs for Frankel with Frankie Dettori fruitlessly chasing shadows on runner-up Farhh.

In the 12th win of Frankel’s career and an eighth at Group One level, he averaged 43.19mph in a visually deceptive, brutal penultimate furlong.

The fact that one of the most prestigious races in the calendar was widely viewed as a stepping stone to Frankel’s next great challenge in the International Stakes over an extra quarter of a mile tells its own story.

Glorious: The Frankel team pose in the winners' enclosure

Glorious: The Frankel team pose in the winners' enclosure

Queally said: ‘It felt like a piece of work. He is amazing and had all the horses cooked at halfway — it was a nice prep for his next race.

‘I came into the race thinking there wasn’t anything that could beat him but you have to
treat every race with a great deal of respect.’

Ryan Moore escaped serious injury but suffered soft tissue damage in a fall from Romeo Montague in the Goodwood Stakes. He gave up his remaining rides and is not certain to be in action this afternoon.

Scott Styris century blasts Sussex into Friends Life finals day

Styris hits joint-third fastest ton in t20 history to blast Sussex into Friends Life finals day

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23:21 GMT, 24 July 2012

Just a slogger: Styris

Just a slogger: Styris

Scott Styris hit a 37-ball unbeaten
century as Sussex qualified for next month’s Friends Life t20 finals day
by seeing off Gloucestershire in their quarter-final at Hove.

New Zealander Styris, who extended his short-term deal with the county so that he could play in the match, came in after England’s Matt Prior had departed for a 38-ball 60 and blasted nine sixes and five fours in an innings aided by a James Fuller over going for 38 runs. Styris finished on 100 not out.

Sussex’s 230 for four was always likely to be good enough, and so it proved as Gloucestershire fell 40 runs short of their target.

The knock was the joint-third fastest hundred in Twenty20 history.

‘I’m just pleased I got a few in the middle,’ 37-year-old Styris joked on Sky. ‘I’m just a slogger these days, they all seem to go even when I don’t want them to.’

Tom Maynard dies

Tragedy strikes cricket as talented Surrey batsman Maynard dies

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10:48 GMT, 18 June 2012

Tom Maynard, the Surrey batsman and son of former England batsman Matthew, has been killed aged just 23.

Maynard, one of the most promising batsmen in the country, died in an accident in the early hours of Monday morning believed to involve a train.

Tragedy: Tom Maynard pictured during England training in Loughborough

Tragedy: Tom Maynard pictured during England training in Loughborough

England were practising at Maynard’s
home ground of the Kia Oval ahead of Tuesday’s second one-day
international when the news began to emerge. The players are said to be
in shock.

Only last week Maynard was
disciplined by Surrey for being out late during a championship match
against Sussex but he returned to their side for the Twenty20 game at
Beckenham against Kent on Sunday.

It is a terrible tragedy for the game and a Surrey club who 10 years ago lost Ben Hollioake to a car accident in Australia.

More to follow…

Sussex tail frustrate Steven Finn as England paceman looks set to resume his Test career

Sussex tail frustrate Finn with England paceman set to resume his Test career

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19:51 GMT, 2 June 2012

Steve Finn, about to restart his Test career, faced spirited resistance from the Sussex tail as Middlesex made hard work of victory at Lord’s.

Finn made the early inroads, nipping out Chris Nash with a cracking yorker and Murray Goodwin to leave Sussex 64-3 and needing 208 to make Middlesex bat again.

Hard day's work: Finn

Hard day's work: Finn

But after Eoin Morgan dropped Naveed Arif off him in the slips, Finn was allowed to leave the hard work to his colleagues as the pitch grew flatter, his final figures of 3-66 giving him six wickets in the match.

Finn declined to speak afterwards, seemingly not wishing to comment on Jimmy Anderson being rested for the third Test.