Hampshire are bidding to extend a fine record against Sussex as they attempt to get their Natwest T20 Blast campaign off the ground at Hove tonight (7pm).
Last year’s corresponding fixture saw an unbeaten 71 from Neil McKenzie and 50 from Michael Carberry in a convincing five-wicket win.
And that was a fifth straight Hampshire success against their nearest rivals in the shortest form of the game.
Although there have been two matches abandoned because of weather during the past four years, it is way back in June 2010 that Sussex last triumphed over Hampshire with a nine-wicket victory at Hove.
Sussex, however, have started this year’s competition in fine style with two wins out of two over Surrey and Middlesex.
Chris Wood and teenage spinner Brad Taylor come into the Hampshire squad but one man definitely out is Liam Dawson, whose groin strain could sideline him for up to six weeks.
Director of cricket, Giles White, said: ‘We are not 100-per-cent sure how long he will be out.
‘It’s hard to say for definite but it looks like about six weeks at the moment.
‘It’s a blow because he has started the season well and he is a key player for us.
‘He just did it playing a shot against Glamorgan last week and felt something pop.
‘He tried to carry on but knew it was quite serious.’
Meanwhile, the club have released extra tickets to day one of the third Test match against India, which starts on July 28 at the Ageas Bowl.
Visit ageasbowl.com for further information.