No Sussex contract for injured bowler Anyon

Sussex Cricket have announced that Jimmy Anyon will not be fit for the 2016 season, and as a result, his contract has not been renewed.

James Anyon
James Anyon

After missing much of the 2014 season, and the whole of the 2015 season through injury, Anyon has decided to call time on his career at Sussex, as he is no longer fit enough to continue playing first-class cricket.

The 32 year-old seamer joined from Warwickshire in 2010 and took 199 first-class wickets for Sussex in 63 matches. He also made over 1000 runs in his time at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove and in 2013 finished seventh in the list of Championship wicket-takers with a haul of 50.

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Anyon said, “It’s been a frustrating 18 months having failed to recover from a knee injury. On the advice of the club’s medical staff, I have decided not to pursue my first-class cricketing career.

“I have had a fantastic time at the club since I joined in 2010 and I would like to thank everyone who has made me and my family so welcome here at Hove. I’m very fortunate to have played my best cricket at Sussex, and I’m very proud that I got to represent the county as often as I did.

“I’d like to make a special thank you to the medical staff and the PCA for all their help over the past twelve months, and I wish the club success going forward, as we have a lot of good people who are working hard to make the club successful both on and off the pitch.

“Over the winter, I’ve enjoyed coaching some of the promising young players from the Sussex Age Group Squads and I hope to be able to continue to contribute to the club in the future.”

Sussex’s Head Coach Mark Davis said, “Firstly, a big thank you to Jimmy for the outstanding service he has given to Sussex over the last six years.

“Jimmy was not only a top class cricketer, who at times could be super quick with the ball in hand, but was a great man to be around and an integral part of the dressing room.

“A big strong man who could bowl all day and get anybody out, he kept running in and would never shy away from hard work when conditions became tough. His batting was solid, with a good technique and consistent method, playing a number of very valuable innings when the team needed him most.

“With a strong work ethic Jimmy, will be successful at whatever he decides to do in the future. We wish Jimmy, Anna and their impending arrival all the best for the future.”