Vincent fails to win another Sussex contract

Sussex have decided not to offer former New Zealand Test batsman Lou Vincent a new contract.

The 32-year-old played in 30 one-day games for the Sharks this summer, averaging 35.33 in Sussex’s run to the semi-finals of the Clydesdale Bank 40 and 20.15 in 16 Friends Life t20 appearances.

But it was not enough to convince Sussex that Vincent was worth another year while the fact that he is non-English qualified and over 27, which effectively means Sussex are hit financially every time he plays, could also have been a factor.

Vincent, who has left for India to play for Auckland in the Champions League, is sanguine about the outcome of his discussions with coach Mark Robinson. He said: “It is the nature of professional sport, one minute things are good and the next things aren’t so good.

“My gut feeling was that I would get another year and I think I possibly deserved a second season but there are no hard feelings. Robbo was honest and told me exactly how it is.”

Vincent is one of four out-of-contract players whose futures will be discussed next week, once the dust has settled on the campaign. Off-spinner Ollie Rayner is likely to join Middlesex, where he has spent two spells on loan, while the futures of Naved Arif and Kirk Wernars are also up for debate.

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