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The game of cricket is believed to have originated in Saxon or Norman times on the Weald, an area of land between the North and South Downs. Thus, Sussex and Kent are the counties where the game first grew. The first known definite reference to cricket in Sussex dates from 1611, when ecclesiastical records show two parishioners in Sidlesham fined and made to do a penance for failing to attend church and instead playing cricket. Cricket became established in Sussex during the 17th century and the first village teams were known to have been playing prior to the English Civil War. Although Sussex County Cricket Club was officially formed in 1839, representative sides had been playing under the Sussex name for at least a hundred years before. In 1729 Sussex scored the first recorded 'innings victory' over Kent, leading to Sussex being proclaimed Champion County. The county of Sussex has claimed this honour on eleven occasions, including three since the official formation of Sussex CCC. Since the launch of the County Championship in 1890, Sussex has had less success than its fellow pioneering counties such as Surrey and Kent. The club lifted the County Championship on three occasions, all of them since the year 2003.


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