Ed Joyce agrees Sussex contract until 2016

Ed Joyce agrees Sussex contract until 2016

SUSSEX captain Ed Joyce has signed a two-year extension to his contract, which will see him stay at the county until the end of the 2016 season.

Joyce, who earned his 100th cap for Ireland earlier this year, said: “Sussex has brought the best out of me as a player and I've loved every minute of my five years at the club.

“We have brilliant people in place at every level of the club and there's nowhere else I want to be until the end of my career. Therefore, I'm very happy the club have given me the opportunity to be at the club for another two seasons.”

Sussex manager Mark Robinson said: “Ed has really grown into the role of captain and led by example both on and off the pitch.

"He has become one of the best batsmen in the country and everybody at the club is delighted that he will be finishing his career here at Hove."

The 35-year-old from Bray, Co Wicklow has begun the 2014 season in superb form, scoring a century against Middlesex and hundreds in both innings of Sussex’s win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston, leading the side to their first Championship win on that ground for 32 years.

His highest Sussex score to date was the unbeaten double-century against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge last term – a year in which he was the fourth highest run-scorer in County Championship with 1,118 runs.

Already this summer he has amassed 482 runs in four Championship matches at an average of 96.40.

Joyce will be in Dublin next week for Ireland’s two One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka at Clontarf.