Two of Sussex’s improving seam bowlers have been rewarded with new contracts. James Anyon and left-armer Chris Liddle have agreed two-year deals with the county after impressive performances so far this season.
Anyon, 28, has taken 25 County Championship wickets, more than any other Sussex seamer, and is regularly bowling at around 90mph this season.
It is a reward for hard work and patience for the former Warwickshire player, who joined Sussex in 2010 and spent part of the winter working on his action at the ECB’s Academy.
Against champions Nottinghamshire in May he took career-best match figures of 8 for 156 and in the following home game against Somerset he lodged his maiden first-class half-century.
Liddle, 27, has put two injury-plagued seasons behind him to become a regular for the county in both forms of the one-day game this season and is also pressing for a return to the Championship team. Both would have been out of contract at the end of the season.
Sussex coach Mark Robinson said: “Jimmy and Chris have both had very good first halves of the summer. We also believe as a club that their best is still to come. Both are beginning to grow in confidence and feel more comfortable in their roles.
“This extra security should allow them to do that. They should continue only to improve as cricketers and develop into potential match winners for the future.”
Anyon said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract and I’ll be looking to finish off this season as well as it has started for me. Sussex are a great club to play for. I’ve settled in well and I’m looking forward to focussing on the next two seasons here at Hove.”
Liddle added: “A year ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d be involved in the one-day competitions so it’s been a dream come true to be back in the side after having been out with injury for so long. To have signed a new two-year deal with the club is amazing and I look forward to helping Sussex move forward and be successful in all competitions.”