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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2006, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Sussex targeting further success
Sussex celebrate victory at Trent Bridge
Skipper Chris Adams sprays champagne on his players
Sussex manager Mark Robinson believes the club has the right formula to continue their run of success.

The south coast club won the County Championship for the second time in four years by beating Notts on Friday.

"We don't have the budget other clubs have. But we are a team that works very hard and enjoys one another's company.

"If we ever fall away from that we'll slip, but if keep being true to ourselves there is more to come," Robinson commented.

He urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to retain the Championship's current format and not take what he sees as the "backward step" of reverting to a single division, as advocated by some within the game.

"Nowadays there is such an intensity of cricket and it's the only way forward, to keep the two divisions.

"It's coincided with England doing well, and I think that's because of the intensity," said the former seam bowler.

Yasir Arafat, Mushtaq Ahmed and Rana Naved
Mushtaq Ahmed was the match-winner at Trent Bridge

"I don't think the standard is any better now than when I played, but the intensity is chalk and cheese - and that's what [England coach] Duncan Fletcher wants."

Robinson paid tribute to runners-up Lancashire, who must try again next year in their quest to win the title for the first time since they shared it with Surrey 56 years ago.

"Lancashire have pushed us all the way. They are a good team, a proper team - and with Hampshire there as well, it's been cricket for it to go this far down the line.

"Lancashire have some fine young players and a good coach [Mike Watkinson] who does everything with integrity. They will have their time."

But he added: "The best team wins over 18 games. That is proven - we've won more games than any other team in the country and that is why we are champions.

"The boys have been magnificent. I take my hat off to every one of them."

Winning the title enabled Sussex to complete the double, having beaten Lancashire in the C&G Trophy final at Lord's last month.

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