Evans staying put with Sussex

12 December 2018 04:51:50 EST

White-ball specialist Laurie Evans has committed his future to Sussex, despite frustration at a lack of County Championship opportunities.

Former Warwickshire batsman Evans was the Sharks' leading run-getter on their way to the runners-up spot in the 2018 Vitality T20 Blast, hitting seven scores of 50 or more.

The 31-year-old right-hander also contributed 243 runs in the Royal London Cup last summer, at an average of 60.75.

"We are very happy that Laurie has committed to Sussex. Although he has not had the opportunities he craves in four-day cricket, he certainly showed strong form in the shorter versions of the game," said Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie.

"It was great to see Laurie take on the opportunity to bat higher in the order in the Vitality Blast in 2018 and have success with that. We look forward to 2019 with optimism."

Sussex's director of cricket Keith Greenfield added: "Laurie is another player who contributes to our aims both through his own performances and through the guidance he can offer to our up-and-coming youngsters.

"We're delighted that he will continue to perform these roles over the seasons to come."

Sussex finished in third place in County Championship Division Two, missing out on a promotion spot to Kent and champions Warwickshire.

They are 9/2 to win the division next summer, with Middlesex 11/4 and Worcestershire 8/1.

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