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James Kirtley signs one-year Sussex deal

James Kirtley, the former England seamer, has signed a one-year contract to stay at Sussex next season.

Kirtley, who played four Tests for England in 2003, turns 35 on January 10 and has been with Sussex for 15 seasons. He played only three matches in Sussex's difficult Championship season in 2009, when they were relegated from the First Division, but formed an important part of their successful limited-over campaigns.

Sussex won the Twenty20 Cup and the Pro40 tournament and were runners up in the FP Trophy. Kirtley was Sussex's leading wicket-taker in 50-over cricket last season collecting 27 from 18 games at 27.29.

"I'm looking forward to playing in my 16th season at the club," he said. "During my time with Sussex I've been lucky enough to have played in a hugely successful team and I'm looking forward to fighting hard to bring more silverware to Hove."