County news August 20, 2013

Piolet returns to Sussex on loan

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Steffan Piolet has joined Sussex on loan until the end of the 2013 season. Piolet, 25, who joined Warwickshire from Sussex before the 2009 season, has become a regular in limited-overs cricket at Edgbaston but has been frustrated in his pursuit of a place in the Championship side.

Despite claiming match figures of 10 for 43 against Durham UCCE on his Warwickshire first-class debut, he has played only two more first-class games for the county and only once appeared in the Championship team.

Originally signed as a batsman, he has instead developed into an accurate medium-pace bowler and something of a limited-overs specialist. He is out of contract with Warwickshire at the end of this season and now has a chance to forge a career with Sussex.

He joins Sussex with immediate effect and will be available for the county's last Yorkshire Bank 40 match, versus Worcestershire, and three remaining County Championship fixtures, against Durham (home and away) and Yorkshire. He will not, however, be available for the Championship game against Warwickshire.

Dougie Brown, Warwickshire's director of cricket, said: "This is a great opportunity for Steff to play first-class cricket against strong opposition. Opportunities for him to break into the County Championship squad at Edgbaston have been limited, despite being a regular in our Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 teams. We wish him well for the remaining fixtures with Sussex."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Humbata on August 20, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    As a Sussex member I don't understand this loan signing. Steffan is undoubtedly a quality County cricketing all-rounder but we already have a classy bowling attack that is the envy of most counties with the prolific Steve Magoffin, the pacey Jimmy Anyon & Chris Jordan and useful young left-armers Lewis Hatchett & Chris Liddle (not to mention Amjad Khan & all-rounder Luke Wright). I will be interested to hear the reasons for this signing from the Sussex staff

  • Humbata on August 20, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    As a Sussex member I don't understand this loan signing. Steffan is undoubtedly a quality County cricketing all-rounder but we already have a classy bowling attack that is the envy of most counties with the prolific Steve Magoffin, the pacey Jimmy Anyon & Chris Jordan and useful young left-armers Lewis Hatchett & Chris Liddle (not to mention Amjad Khan & all-rounder Luke Wright). I will be interested to hear the reasons for this signing from the Sussex staff

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  • Humbata on August 20, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    As a Sussex member I don't understand this loan signing. Steffan is undoubtedly a quality County cricketing all-rounder but we already have a classy bowling attack that is the envy of most counties with the prolific Steve Magoffin, the pacey Jimmy Anyon & Chris Jordan and useful young left-armers Lewis Hatchett & Chris Liddle (not to mention Amjad Khan & all-rounder Luke Wright). I will be interested to hear the reasons for this signing from the Sussex staff