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Machan commits to Sussex

Sussex have rewarded batsman Matt Machan for his breakthrough season with a new two-year contract that lasts until the end of the 2015 campaign.

The 22-year-old Brighton-born left-hander is a product of Sussex’s age-group system, having made his debut for the county in the under-13 team.

Machan scored his maiden first-class century in July’s victory over Somerset at Taunton. This year he averaged 64.25 in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and over 30 in the Friends Life t20.

He has also began representing Scotland, a country he qualifies for through his parents, in 2013. His maiden one-day international hundred came against Kenya in Aberdeen during June.

Machan said: "I'm delighted to have signed a new contract with Sussex. After having a breakthrough season this year, there was only one place that I could see me playing my cricket over the next couple of years.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me to get to where I am now and I will continue to work hard to achieve my current and future goals."

Sussex professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: "Matt had an outstanding year in all forms of the game and we are all excited about the prospect of him building on his successes of last season."

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