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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 and Horsham hotshot top scores for England U19s in defeat

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Sussex and Horsham starlet Tom Clark top scored for England U19s but couldn’t prevent them losing to West Indies U19s in their opening game of Group B in the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup.

The West Indies secured a 71-run win in Kimberley, South Africa by the Duckworth-Lewis method to top the group after taking two wins from two.

The Caribbean outfit, who were put in by England after winning the toss, scored 267-7 off their allotted 50 overs.

Clark top scored with 38 for the young Lions as they scored 184-9 in a rain affected 43.4 overs.

Kevlon Anderson (86 not out) and Nyeem Young (66 off 41 balls) did the damage for the West Indies in the first innings.

The duo put on 101-runs for the sixth wicket to help them to a sizeable final total.

Clark showed his effectiveness in the field by taking the catch of Kirk McKenzie (12) off the bowling of Lewis Goldsworthy (2-28) at 100-3.

England’s reply saw openers Jordan Cox (20) and Ben Charlesworth (36) combine for a 53-run partnership.

The loss of Cox brought Clark to the crease and the youngster began to push England on.

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The left-hander and Jack Haynes (27), batting at four, struck 51 for the third-wicket before Clark was taken lbw by Ashmead Nedd (2-35) at 120-3.

Clark’s innings of 38 off 53 balls consisted of four boundaries and a maximum.

The loss of the Haywards Heath-born batsman sparked an England collapse.

England lurched from 120-3 to 131-5 before rain stopped play in the 33rd over .

Play eventually resumed but the young Lions stuttered to 151-8 off 38 overs.

Kasey Aldridge’s cameo of 21 off 20 balls helped England to 174 before he was taken with seven overs to go.

Blake Cullen (seven not out) and Hamidullah Qadri (four not out) looked to be England’s unlikely saviours but the rain came and washed away the young Lions’ chances of victory.

England take on second-placed Australia on Thursday before concluding the group phase against third-placed Nigeria two days later.

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Bangladesh T20 title for Bopara – Jordan struggles – Salt stars for Adelaide

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Ravi Bopara’s Bangladesh Premier League campaign with Rajshahi Royals ended in triumph when they won the tournament..

The Royals lost their first qualifier to Khulna Tigers by 27 runs with Bopara – who has joined Sussex for 2020 – taking 1-24 and making just one run.

Bopara was left out for the next qualifier versus Chattogram Challengers despite his excellent form throughout the tournamentt. The Royals won by two wickets.

The all-rounder was yet again missing in the Royals XI for the final versus Khulna Tigers, which the Royals won by 21 runs as Bopara won his third BPL title.

In Australia, it was another mixed week for Chris Jordan’s Perth Scorchers. They started the week with a thumping 77-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Jordan making one run and taking figures of 1-16.

However, they were then beaten twice within the space of three days by table-topping Melbourne Stars, the first game seeing the Scorchers bowled out for just 86 and losing by eight wickets, Jordan making just one run and going wicketless. The second game was a closer affair but still a defeat for the Scorchers, losing by 10 runs with Jordan making two runs and going wicketless again.

It was a better week for Phil Salt, Rashid Khan and Travis Head with the Adelaide Strikers.

It didn’t start well with a seven-wicket defeat to Brisbane Heat as they were bowled out for just 110, Rashid top-scoring with 28 as well as taking figures of 1-30 and Head (8) and Salt (7) making single-digit scores. However, they bounced back in style as they thrashed the Heat in the reverse fixture three days, beating them by 10 wickets.

Rashid (1-15) and Head (1-4) chipped in with the ball before Salt became star of the show as he smashed 67 off just 38 balls to help chase down the 101-run target.

The Strikers finished their week on a high with a 10-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Salt (13) and Rashid (0-40) offered little but Head was to star this time as his 79 off 40 balls earned him man of the match.

Meanwhile, Danni Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss and Freya Davies all received some big news this week as they were called up to England’s T20 World Cup squad.

It’s will be the third time Wyatt has featured at a T20 World Cup having previously played in the 2016 and 2018 additions of the tournament. Furthermore, it will be a second appearance for Elwiss at a World Cup and a debut World Cup appearance for Davies.

The tournament will start in Australia on February 21 with the final on March 8, with England drawn in a group with South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand.

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England fixtures cement The 1st Central County Ground’s position as home of women’s cricket

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The 1st Central County Ground, Hove has further cemented its position as the home of women’s cricket in England and Wales after being chosen to host two England internationals this summer.

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