Brown earns Sussex reward

14 June 2018 06:52:28 EST

Ben Brown has been rewarded with a new Sussex contract for successfully combining his roles of captain, top-order batsman and wicketkeeper.

The 29-year-old was appointed as Sussex's 52nd club captain in March, having been in temporary charge last year, and is the club's leading run-scorer in this season's Championship, scoring 346 runs at an average of 49.42.

"I'm very pleased to commit my future to the club. I am excited by the challenge of captaincy and I'm determined to help lead the club in the right direction," Brown said.

"I feel as a club we are making good progress and I'm looking forward to all the challenges that lie ahead both as a captain and a player.

"It's my ambition to win trophies with my home club and I hope we'll be able to realise this ambition in the near future."

Sussex coach Jason Gillespie added: "Ben is a hugely important member of our squad and he has led the side very well in the Championship and one-day competition so far this season.

"It's a challenging job being a top-order batsman, keeper and captain, and I've been really impressed with how Ben has handled that responsibility.

"I'm really looking forward to working with him and watching him continue to grow in the seasons to come."

Sussex are available at 1212/1 to win County Championship Division Two this summer, with Kent 8/13 and Middlesex 1212/1.

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