County news November 15, 2013

Sussex sign veteran Lewis

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sussex have signed Jon Lewis, the former England seamer, on a one-year contract. Lewis had been allowed to leave Surrey at the end of last season, having moved from Gloucestershire in 2011 after a 16-year career in the west country.

Lewis, 38, played one Test and was capped 15 times in limited-overs internationals for England between 2005 and 2007. He has taken more than 800 first-class wickets since making his debut in 1995 and, although he only played twice in the Championship in 2013, he was part of the Surrey T20 side that reached Finals Day.

"I'm really excited to be joining Sussex, a club I have admired from a distance for a long time and I'm looking forward to a new challenge in my career," Lewis said. "I am really confident that I can make valuable contributions to the team across all competitions. Sussex have a strong squad that in my opinion is close to winning more trophies and I want to help them achieve this."

Sussex had one of the strongest pace attacks in Division One last season, during which they finished third, with Steve Magoffin, Chris Jordan and James Anyon all passing 50 wickets. Magoffin signed a new one-year contract earlier this month, while allrounder Steffan Piolet has also returned to the county. Bringing in a spinner remains a priority, after the departure of Monty Panesar.

Sussex's cricket manager, Mark Robinson, said: "It is great news to have Jon on board for the 2014 season. He brings a wealth of experience and knowhow. He is still remarkably fit and ambitious as to what he wants to achieve in the game. Jon bowled really well for Surrey last year in the Twenty20 competition, so he will not only give increased competition in the four-day team, but will give us greater options in one-day cricket."

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  • ian on November 22, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    I can't see Jon Lewis being a regular first pick, but given the way bench strength is required by counties competing in all comps & the distinct possibility that Chris Jordan is destined for higher honours, JL is a good stop-gap for a season. He will also be useful in developing the younger quick bowlers as he knows his craft. Overall, I can see the sanity in this move. Then there's that sea fret at Hove...

  • H on November 17, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Darren: Couldn't agree with you more. I have posted previously about the lack of "game time" given to our "home grown" spinners. Crowd favourite Ollie Rayner played understudy to Mushy & Sacqlain for years and, when overlooked once again with the signing of Panesar, had to move on. Will Beer would surely benefit from a full season in the Championship

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    "Bringing in a spinner remains a priority" disgusting as surely Beer should be given a proper chance in the 4 day game, or he should move on.

  • H on November 16, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I am a "glass half full" kind of ardent Sussex fan. Quality County players are not widely available and Jon Lewis will bring a wealth of experience - something always invaluable in a squad containing good young players

  • gerard on November 16, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Crikey Doughy Ashar Zaidi is fine, I was worried that we had signed David Lloyd!

  • Paulo on November 15, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Great news. Hopefully it will make it even easier to beat Sussex next year, especially when Jordan gets his deserving England call.

  • Paul on November 15, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Cyril, no mate Ashar Zaidi.

    Must get to bed now!!!!

  • Cyril on November 15, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    @doughyinperth You mean Gary Keedy? That was almost a done deal in September. Could still happen depending on the new coach at Surrey.

  • Paul on November 15, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Ridiculous!!! The Sussex management have lost the plot. Lewis was an under achiever as far back as his Gloucester days & is hardly a positive signing, just as pointless as taking Piolet from Warwicks 2nd XI. Watch out for them snapping up an ageing, unfit, overweight slow left armer from Accrington.

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