Ben Brown: The Best of 2021

Hampshire's new signing was one of Sussex’s best performers last season

Ben Brown topped the averages and was the second leading run scorer for Sussex in last year’s LV= Insurance County Championship where he racked up 976 runs at an average of 51.36.

Now that we’re welcoming the former Sussex captain with open arms, we’ve taken a look at some of his standout knocks from last season.

After a difficult time out at the start of the season, Brown eased his way into form with a crucial innings of 95 against Northamptonshire at Hove, being the last man to go as Sussex were bowled out for 298 to set the visitors a target of 218 on a challenging pitch.

However, this was just the beginning of a prolific season for Brown, as he went on to score more centuries than anyone else in the LV= Insurance County Championship last year – four in total.

His first of 2021 came away from home against Yorkshire, a team who would eventually end up in Division One.

Coming in at 68-4 after Travis Head had been dismissed for just 14, he put on a partnership worth 107 with Aaron Thomason, then a further 96 with then-16-year-old Danial Ibrahim, as Brown was finally out himself for 127 as Sussex made it to 313 all out.

In the next Championship game, a month later, Brown made an unbeaten century – reaching the milestone with a six – in Sussex’s second innings against Glamorgan where strode to the crease once again with the score on less than 100.

After the first-class season’s hiatus to make way for white ball cricket, Brown found himself relieved of the captaincy and out of the Sussex 1st XI.

However, in his comeback game, he scored 90 runs across both innings against Middlesex, but a week later, in the penultimate game of the year and batting at number three, he starred once again.

He scored more runs than nine other Sussex players in the innings combined as he made 133 against Leicestershire away from home, remaining not out in a total score of 359.

To round off the year, Brown, saved his best of 2021 till last.

In response to Derbyshire’s first innings score of 465, Brown walked to the crease at Hove to face the second ball of Sussex’s innings, and he wouldn’t leave until the 76th over, by which time he had accumulated 157 runs off just 190 balls – just six runs shy off his career best.

It was his 22nd first-class hundred, and his last for Sussex as he joins Hampshire until at least the end of 2023.

Watch Ben and the rest of the team in action over the course of 2022 with a Hampshire Cricket Membership.

2022 Members also receive access to an exclusive allocation of tickets for next summer’s otherwise sold-out Vitality IT20s at The Ageas Bowl with England facing both India and South Africa at the venue next summer, alongside a whole host of other exciting benefits.

More information on Hampshire Cricket’s Membership offering can be found online at https://www.ageasbowl.com/cricket/membership/

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