Damp conditions on the south coast ensured no play was possible before lunch. However, further inspections thought plausible 55 overs, following a break in the weather coupled with sterling efforts performed by the Sussex ground staff.
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Sussex: Phil Salt, Tom Haines, Harry Finch, Tom Clark, Ben Brown (WK Capt), Aaron Thomason, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Henry Crocombe, Stuart Meaker, Mitch Claydon,
Essex: Sir Alastair Cook, Nick Browne, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn
Umpires: IJ Gould and M Newell
Scorers: GJ Irwin and P Elford
Match Referee: SJ Davis