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Sussex suffer huge blow as Tom Haines faces lengthy spell on the sidelines

Sussex have suffered a huge blow, as they have lost their skipper Tom Haines due to injury. The lengthy period on the sidelines seems to concern Sussex, as Tom Haines is expected to be ruled out for at least five to six weeks.

Tom Haines suffered a hand injury during Sussex’s clash against Leicestershire in a County fixture on Monday. However, after electing to bat first, the opening batter seemed comfortable in the middle.

Tom Haines and Ali Orr put on a 61-run stand for the first wicket before Tom Haines was caught off guard by a short delivery from Chris Wright. The Sussex skipper broke his hand and was taken off the field after receiving initial treatment.

Tom Haines retired on 24 (37), as Tom Alsop walked in to replace the 23-year-old. The latter scored a magnificent knock of 150 runs which saw Sussex post a first-innings total of 588 runs.

This will undoubtedly be a heartbreaking moment for Tom Haines, who seemed to have a productive season with the bat. The Sussex skipper scored 604 runs in the campaign, averaging just over 43. However, Tom Haines’ contribution with the ball will also be missed, as he picked up eight wickets this season. 

The 23-year-old will look to make a quick and sound recovery with the Royal One Day Cup just around the corner. 

Meanwhile, Sussex have struggled quite a bit this season. They are placed seventh in the County Championship Division 2 with as many as four losses to their name. Sussex have managed to claim just one win so far and will look to end the campaign on a high.