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Chris Wright, Danny Lamb complete Sussex moves

Farbrace recruits veteran seamer and reliable allrounder for 2024 season

Chris Wright has remained a valuable part of Warwickshire's Championship attack, May 3, 2018

Chris Wright will add experience to Sussex's ranks  •  Getty Images

Chris Wright, Leicestershire's veteran seamer, will join Sussex from the start of the 2024 season on a two-year contract, with Lancashire allrounder Danny Lamb also making the move to the south coast.
Wright, who turns 38 next month, has claimed 567 wickets at 32.30 in a 196-match first-class career that has spanned 20 seasons. His best innings figures of 7 for 53 came against Gloucestershire at Bristol in 2021.
He will be available for all formats for Sussex, having picked up 174 domestic white-ball wickets in his career. This season, he has found a strong vein of form with the bat as well, averaging 56.8 in 10 innings in the County Championship. This includes twin scores of 66 not out and 40 not out in a memorable win against Yorkshire at Headingley.
"I am delighted to be joining Sussex for the 2024 season and beyond," Wright said. "I have long admired the club and am looking forward to contributing to its future success.
"Speaking to Paul Farbrace [head coach] and having played against the team a number of times I am excited to be joining such a talented and ambitious group. Hopefully, I will take lots of wickets and provide some valuable experience to the team."
Farbrace added: "I'm delighted that Chris has committed the next two seasons to joining our project at Hove. He is a vastly experienced cricketer who will bring skill, experience, and a huge passion for the game.
"Chris is someone I have admired for a long time, and his quality with the ball will be fantastic for our developing team and will help us to win matches."
Sussex will be the fifth county of Wright's first-class career, following earlier stints at Essex and Middlesex, as well as a successful period at Warwickshire between 2011 and 2018, where he helped win the County Championship in 2012.
Lamb, meanwhile, joins on a three-year deal. "I'm extremely excited for the opportunity," he said. "A brilliant new challenge and one which I feel has come at the right stage in my career.
"I've always enjoyed playing against Sussex and at Hove. I like what Sussex are about and the vision for the future with Paul Farbrace at the helm of a young ambitious squad. I can't wait to get going and I look forward to contributing to the team in all formats."
Mark Chilton, Lancashire's director of cricket, said: "Danny has found first-team opportunities limited over the last couple of years, so we completely understand the decision he's made moving to Sussex. We wish him all the best for the next stage of his career."
A medium-paced allrounder, Lamb has an impressive record across formats but has struggled for game-time at Lancashire this year and has recently been playing for Gloucestershire on loan.