Briggs leaves Hampshire and signs for Sussex

Danny Briggs Picture: Neil Marshall
Danny Briggs Picture: Neil Marshall
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Spinner Danny Briggs has left Hampshire and signed for south-coast neighbours Sussex.

Twenty-four-year-old Briggs has penned a three-year deal at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, following the early release from his contract at the Ageas Bowl.

Isle of Wight-born Briggs came through Hampshire’s academy system and made his debut as an 18-year-old in 2009.

He’s taken 191 first-class wickets in his 67 matches to date, with personal best figures of six for 45 which he took for the England Lions in 2011.

His wickets have come at an average of 32.14, with an economy rate of only slightly over three runs per over.

Briggs made his England ODI debut against Pakistan in Dubai in 2012, and has also played seven times for his country in the T20 format.

His 126 T20 wickets have come at an average of 20.26, while he has also claimed 71 List A scalps in 68 matches, and his experience in the shortest format helped Hampshire to four consecutive Finals Day appearances from 2010 onwards.

Briggs said he was excited to be joining Sussex and thanked Hampshire for their role in making it happen.

‘I’m looking forward to joining Sussex and working with the players and coaching staff at Hove,’ he said.

‘I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.

‘I’m really grateful that Hampshire are letting me leave early.

‘I’d like to thank all the playing staff and the coaches that I’ve worked with at the club for all their support over the years.’

Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White, said: “Losing Danny is tough, however this is the right decision for him and therefore he goes with our blessing.

‘I have been lucky enough to have seen him grow into the cricketer and person that he is today and he has been a pleasure to work with throughout.

‘He understands the wider picture and in some ways it was inevitable, considering his ambition to progress in all forms of the game that it would lead to him moving on.

‘I hope the move allows him the opportunity to further his career in the longer form of the game with a good club like Sussex.

‘Danny is an extremely popular player, the team will miss him but I have no doubt that they will all wish him well.’

Sussex captain Luke Wright said: ‘Danny is a fantastic signing and one I am really excited about.

‘We are signing a young England international spinner who is arguably the best one-day spinner in the country, and is young enough to develop into a top four-day bowler, too.

‘He is a hard worker and a tough competitor and I look forward to playing with him rather than against him.’