County news November 3, 2008

Joyce quits Middlesex for Sussex

Cricinfo staff

After months of speculation, Middlesex have finally confirmed that Ed Joyce will leave the county at the end of the year and move to Sussex.

"He felt he needed a fresh challenge," Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington told the BBC. "He felt moving counties would help him rediscover the form that got him into the England side a couple of years ago. He's been absolutely spot on in all of the negotiations and in all of his communication with us.

"He was always one of the first names on the team-sheet and he has been outstanding and undoubtedly we're going to miss him. We've signed Neil Dexter from Kent and we're very pleased with that signing. He played very well in Antigua. We've still got a very strong batting line-up."

Joyce will play his last matches for Middlesex in the Champions League in India in December.

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