Sussex bid farewell to batting duo

Luke Wells and Harry Finch will leave Sussex at the end of the 2020 season after their contracts were not renewed.
Harry Finch batting for Sussex / Picture: GettyHarry Finch batting for Sussex / Picture: Getty
Harry Finch batting for Sussex / Picture: Getty

Wells, who made his debut for the club in 2010 against Worcestershire, played 176 matches across all formats for Sussex, scoring over 7,500 first-class runs and taking 79 wickets.

Finch, who came through Sussex’s junior squads, EPP and Academy programme like Wells, made his debut in 2013 in a tour match against the Netherlands, and has over 3,000 runs across all formats in 112 appearances.

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Head coach, Jason Gillespie said: “Luke hasn’t been offered a new contract moving forward at Sussex. We gave some opportunities to some other players in the Bob Willis Trophy which Luke was obviously disappointed about, and it’s been a tough year for a lot of players.

Luke Wells / Picture: GettyLuke Wells / Picture: Getty
Luke Wells / Picture: Getty

“Luke falls into that category, there’s no doubt about that. Unfortunately, there’s just not a spot in the squad for him moving forwards. We genuinely wish Luke all the very best in everything he does in the future – both on and off the field.”

On Finch, Gillespie added: “Harry is obviously disappointed to not be offered a new deal. He’s played over fifty first-class games for Sussex and has been given plenty of opportunity. The fact he has been given so many opportunities gives you an indication of the type of character Harry is.

“He is fantastic around the group, he is a conscientious trainer and he is a very good fielder. Ultimately though, Harry’s in the squad to bat and probably didn’t quite get the runs that he would have liked.

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“We hope Harry can continue his career and genuinely wish him all the very, very best in his career going forward. I look forward to seeing him doing well in the future.”

A Sussex statement added: "Everyone at Sussex Cricket would like to thank Luke and Harry for all their efforts in a Sussex shirt, and wish them the very best for the future."