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Gillespie extends his stay with Sussex

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Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2022 season.

The Australian legend said he was delighted to agree a new deal – and looking forward to building on the progress the squad had made in his two years at Hove.

Jason Gillespie is looking forward to further developing Sussex's young players / Picture by Getty Images

Jason Gillespie is looking forward to further developing Sussex’s young players / Picture by Getty Images

He said: “I absolutely love the place and everyone at the club has been fantastic since I joined. I really feel we’re moving in the right direction, which is really pleasing. I can’t fault the efforts of all our players and coaches. We’re all on the same page; everyone wants what’s best for the club, and I feel we’re progressing in reaching those aims.

“We’ve had some really good times together, and we’ve had some challenging times, but we’re all clear about what we’re setting out to achieve and focused on improving and developing to keep us moving forward.

“That’s a pretty special thing to be part of. I want to thank the club for the opportunity to carry on being part of that and for showing faith in me. I’m determined to repay that faith by keeping things moving in the right direction and hopefully having some success down the track.”

Rob Andrew, Sussex Cricket’s chief executive, added: “We are delighted to announce that Dizzy [Gillespie] has extended his contract through to 2022. There is going to be a lot of change in cricket over the next couple of years and we wanted some continuity through this period.

He might need to wear a woolly hat on colder days, but Jason Gillespie loves Sussex life / Picture by PW Sporting Photography

He might need to wear a woolly hat on colder days, but Jason Gillespie loves Sussex life / Picture by PW Sporting Photography

“We still have a lot of work to do to improve the men’s side and we were disappointed not to achieve promotion to division one of the County Championship this season. It is where the club aspires to be.

“We have been more consistent in our performances in T20 and 50-over cricket in the last couple of years but need to find that consistency in Championship cricket as well. Dizzy and his coaching team will be working hard to move the club forward and we are delighted he has chosen to help us on this journey.”

Gillespie took over as Sussex head coach at the start of the 2018 season. He has led Sussex Sharks to the knockout stages of the Vitality Blast in both of his seasons in charge, including the final in 2018.

He and his coaching team have also helped to develop a number of exciting young players and to attract high-quality overseas players such as Alex Carey, Mir Hamza, Travis Head, Rashid Khan and Ishant Sharma over the past two seasons. Head has signed for the 2020 season.

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Sussex hit by surprise departure of pace bowler

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Reece Topley will leave Sussex after rejecting a long-term contract offer from the club.

As a free agent and following back surgery, the 25-year-old was helped back to fitness by Sussex’s medical and coaching staff earlier this year before joining the county for the remainder of the 2019 season in July.

Despite a subsequent successful return to first-team action that saw the left-arm seamer play his first T20 Blast and Championship matches since the 2017 season, Topley has decided that his future lies elsewhere.

A Sussex statement said: “Sussex Cricket is disappointed not to have been able to convince Reece to resign for Sussex. Nevertheless, the club would like to thank him for his contributions to the team during the season and to wish him well at his new club.”

The departure of the former Hampshire and Essex left-arm bowler is a surprise less than three months after he joined for the rest of the 2019 season.

Topley said at the time of his switch to Hove: “I’ve had to take a step back with my game for a while, so to be back in a place where I can contribute for Sussex is really exciting. I’m looking forward not only to be playing again, but to being back in the dressing room and working with the rest of the squad and the coaches here at the club.

“It’s been a long time out rehabbing, so if I can make it through to the end of the season fit and having contributed to the team and then work hard during the off-season so I am at my best for the start of next summer, I’ll be thrilled. I’m so grateful to Sussex for the use of all the facilities and personnel over the last few months. Everyone here has given me 100% effort and the ‘can do’ attitude around the place has been incredible and has surpassed any expectations I had.”

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Jofra Archer reveals who he would like to bowl a 100mph ball at – video

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World Cup winner Jofra Archer has revealed who he would like to bowl a 100mph ball at – and it’s not who you think.

Archer brought the World Cup trophy to Horsham Cricket Club and held a Q&A as part of a tour which will see all 14 players take the trophy to their home club.

Matthew Wade stares down Jofra Archer during Day Four of the 5th Specsavers Ashes Test . (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Matthew Wade stares down Jofra Archer during Day Four of the 5th Specsavers Ashes Test . (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

And one of the questions asked by a young Horsham cricketer was who would be if he could bowl a 100pm ball, who would he like to bowl it at.

Everyone was imagining the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner or Matthew Wade. But Archer when for someone a bit more local.

He simply said: “Sean Overton.”

Slinfold cricketer Overton was in the crowd. Overton also has another connection with Archer. When Sussex star missed the call to tell him he was in the squad for the second Ashes Test, he was on his way to play five-a-side football with him.

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Jofra Archer brings the World Cup to Horsham Cricket Club

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Three and half a years ago, Jofra Archer made is debut for Horsham Cricket Club.

And on July 14 this year he bowled the Super Over which won England the World Cup. It’s been a meteoric rise for the 24-year-old.

Jofra Archer is quizzed at Horsham Cricket Club

Jofra Archer is quizzed at Horsham Cricket Club

And the fast bowler brought the World Cup trophy back home to Horsham, where he also held a Q&A where Horsham Cricket Club youngsters got to ask him questions about his career and the winning the World Cup.

Hundreds packed into the Cricket Field Road top get a glimpse of the trophy.

Horsham Cricket Club chairman Richard Marshall: It’s taken on a life of it’s own. We thought we were going to have a reasonably quiet event it’s just took off. We had to restrict numbers and here we are.

“We have put a speaker outside so people who couldn’t get in could hear the Q&A.

“It’s great for the club. He’s been here all day and he’s been doing interviews in different parts of the club. He has really entered into the spirit of the day.

And Marshall has enjoyed watching him establish himself as an England player.

He said: “It’s been really good watching him this summer. I remember all those years ago asking him if he wanted to come and play for us. We understood he needed to come and play club cricket. So he came to us then he got nicked by Sussex!

“I realised what an asset they had on their doorstep. I always thought he had that x-factor. I really do think in celebrity status up there with Ben Stokes, Shane Warne and Ian Botham.

“He is always welcome back at the club.”

The even came about after Mark Wood borrowed the World Cup to take it back to his club and after that the ECB thought it would be a good idea that all 14 players in the squad do the same. Jason Roy took the trophy back to Reigate Priory last night (Saturday).

Jofra was asked questions about how old he was when he started playing, why he wears number 22, and THAT Super Over.

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