Match Preview: Hampshire Hawks v Sussex Sharks, Vitality Blast

A 13-player Hawks squad has been named for the Vitality Blast match against 'el clasicoast' rivals Sussex Sharks at Utilita Bowl

Hampshire Hawks v Sussex Sharks
Vitality Blast (South Group)
Friday 21st June 2024 (7:15pm Start)
Utilita Bowl

Hampshire Hawks are in Vitality Blast action against el clasicoast rivals Sussex Sharks at Utilita Bowl on Friday.

The Hawks are coming off the back of an eight-wicket defeat to Essex at The Cloud County Ground on Thursday, which leaves them sixth in the South Group.

Meanwhile, Sussex are enjoying a good start to their T20 campaign, with a win over Kent Spitfires last time out taking them up to third. They have five wins from their opening seven matches so far.

Hampshire have won the home fixture over their south coast rivals in each of the last three seasons and recorded a ten-wicket victory in 2023, which included a club record opening partnership of 145* from James Vince and Ben McDermott.

Hawks Squad

Hampshire Hawks have named an unchanged 13-player squad for the match against Sussex Sharks.

Joe Weatherley and James Fuller were the top performers in the defeat to Essex, scoring 48 and 39* respectively. Fletcha Middleton also made his T20 debut for the club.

Liam Dawson is included in the squad despite missing the last match through illness.

Full Hampshire Squad

James Vince (14) Captain

Toby Albert (15)

Liam Dawson (8)

James Fuller (26)

Benny Howell (7)

Ben McDermott (28)

Fletcha Middleton (19)

Michael Neser (20)

Felix Organ (3)

John Turner (6)

Joe Weatherley (5)

Brad Wheal (58)

Chris Wood (25)


Sussex Sharks

Captain: Tymal Mills

Sussex Sharks, are still on the hunt for their second T20 title with their maiden T20 title coming in 2009. However, the Sharks have failed to make it out of the group stage in their last two campaigns. 2024 has started postively though, with five wins from their opening seven matches, including away victories at The Kia Oval and The Cloud County Ground.

Australian batter Daniel Hughes currently leads the side in runs scored with 267 runs and two half-centuries so far. His opening partner, Harrison Ward, and the number three, James Coles, have both impressed and also recorded two scores over fifty in the competition. Tymal Mills, who took over from Ravi Bopara as T20 skipper, spearheads the bowling attack with support from Nathan McAndrew and England Test bowler Ollie Robinson. The spin of Jack Carson has also been a useful weapon, while 19-year-old Archie Lenham is one to watch.

2024 Season In Numbers


Hampshire's record in Vitality Blast v Sussex

P: 35, W: 19, L: 15, NR: 3, A: 3

Last 5 meetings:


Tickets for the Hawks' Vitality Blast match against Sussex Sharks are available via the link below, while they’ll also be available on the gate on Friday.

Gates open at 5:30pm.

Click here to buy tickets.

To access match tickets bought online and get into Utilita Bowl on Friday, fans will need to have downloaded the free Hampshire Cricket App.

Information on how to download the App and access match tickets – as well as how to forward them onto family and friends – can be found in our Visitor Guide, available via the link below.

Visitor Guide

For information on what to expect at Utilita Bowl during Friday’s match please check out our Visitor Guide, available below.

Click here to view our Visitor Guide.


The match will be shown live on Sky so there will be no live stream available, however both the Hampshire Cricket App and will also host a live match centre with scorecard, statistics and insight available throughout the match.

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