Priory ace signs new Sussex deal

Kirk Wernars
Kirk Wernars

Hastings Priory all-rounder Kirk Wernars has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Sussex County Cricket Club.

It means that the 21-year-old South African, who has performed splendidly for Priory over the past two seasons,

is set to remain at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove until the end of the 2014 campaign.

Wernars, who signed for the county before the start of the 2011 season, played two LV=County Championship games and five Clydesdale Bank 40 matches this summer, making vital scores of 35 and 37 not out in the CB40 games against Derbyshire and Warwickshire respectively.

He scored heavily with the bat as he captained the Sussex second XI, with the highlight an unbeaten 152 against Ireland ‘A’ at The Sutton Winson Academy Ground, Blackstone.

Wernars, who is spending some of the winter playing club cricket in South Africa, said: “I am extremely happy to be signing an extension with Sussex.

“Since joining the club in 2011, I feel my game has come a very long way and I have grown as a cricketer. For the 2013 season I am hoping to be a good asset for the team both on and off the cricket field.”

Sussex’s professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “Kirk made good strides last season, especially with his bowling, and at his age he has a lot of promise to be a genuine all-rounder in all formats of the game.”