No county cricket for Hastings

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Hastings will not be hosting county cricket next summer.

Horntye Park Sports Complex missed out on staging a limited overs game when the 2011 fixtures were announced on Tuesday.

Kevin Miller, Horntye Park’s general manager, said: “That is a disappointment. I must confess the dialogue between the two has not been much, but they (Sussex CCC) were aware we were interested and happy to host a game.”

Sussex chairman Jim May told Observer Sport back in August that the county plans to hold a Friends Provident t20 game at Horntye Park if the structure of the competition remained unchanged.

Each county had eight home games in this year’s T20 competition and a six-man working party decided during a meeting in the autumn to retain the existing schedule for next year.

Sussex chief executive Dave Brooks said: “From a commercial point of view, there just wasn’t a suitable slot. We remain committed to Hastings, hopefully in 2012.”

The full article will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.