Cachopa extends Sussex deal

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Batsman Craig Cachopa has signed a one-year contract extension with Sussex County Cricket Club.

Cachopa, 24, arrived at Hove during the 2014 season and forced his way into the team across all formats, claiming the young player of the year accolade at the conclusion of the campaign. The new deal will see him remain at Hove until at least the end of the 2017 season.

The former New Zealand under-19 captain starred in the Sharks’ NatWest T20 Blast tournament in 2015, averaging 41.57 with the bat. The highlight came in Sussex’s impressive victory over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, as he put on 144 for the fourth wicket with Matt Machan, making an unbeaten 89. That was the second-highest ever partnership for the Sharks in T20 cricket.

Cachopa, who has spent the winter in New Zealand playing for Wellington as an overseas player, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be extending my stay here at Sussex and I’m very grateful for the faith that the club are showing in me.

“Sussex is a great club, and one that I know will bounce back strongly. I feel very settled and happy in Brighton, and I’m excited to be a part of this young team moving forward.”

Sussex’s head coach Mark Davis said: “To have Craig extend his contract at Sussex confirms our belief in his ability. Craig is an extremely talented, versatile young player with a bright future. I believe we will see great things from this young player in the years to come.”

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