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Cricket news - Gurney ends FC career, signs white ball-only contract with Nottinghamshire

Gurney has signed the extension until 2020

Nottinghamshire fast-bowler Harry Gurney has retired from first-class cricket to focus on the limited overs formats, the county confirmed on Wednesday.

Gurney, who has arrived in India ahead of this season's IPL where he will play for KKR, has been a recent hit on the T20 circuit and has become one of the foremost T20 bowlers in the world. This winter, he has won the Big Bash with Melbourne Renegades as well as the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League with Quetta Gladiators, and he will be hoping to make it three out of three with the Knight Riders.

Given this success, and that he was a relative unknown outside England until this winter, it is unsurprising he has taken the decision to focus further on his white-ball skills, perhaps with a view to extending his career to cash in on more T20 opportunities. As such, the 32 year-old left-arm seamer has signed a white-ball contract extension with Notts to remain at the county until the end of 2020, playing only 50-over and T20 cricket.

It is a decision which ends a first-class career spanning 103 matches. Gurney has not just experienced white-ball excellence, but has also been a solid performer with the red-ball. He picked up 42 Championship wickets last season, including career best figures of 6 for 25 against Lancashire, and finishes with an overall first-class average of just over 30.

"I am very proud of what I have achieved in red ball cricket, but now feels like the right time to focus solely on one-day competitions," said Gurney. "I am grateful to the Club for understanding and for showing faith in me by giving me a deal until the end of 2020. I can't imagine playing my cricket anywhere else in England and I hope I can taste further white-ball success with this exciting group of players."

Gurney, who has played ten ODIs and two IT20s, joins England opener Alex Hales as a white-ball specialists at Notts, the continuation of a growing trend throughout the county game as more players decide to focus their energies on the shortest format and the opportunities it can bring.

It is a blow for the county who have heavily relied on Gurney as a key part of their attack in Championship cricket of late. His experience and consistency will not easily be replaced but at least Notts have added cover, with highly rated Zak Chappell having arrived from Leicestershire this winter to complement the likes of Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher.

"While it's a disappointment that Harry won't be playing red ball cricket for us anymore, we're really pleased to have him committed to us for one-day cricket over the next two seasons," said Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

"He's one of the best white ball bowlers around. Once he made his decision, if we didn't offer him a white ball deal there would be 17 other counties wanting him to bowl for them. When he returns from the IPL, he'll have had a concerted period of T20 cricket behind him and will continue to be an asset to us, as he has been for a number of years.

"We have young bowlers ready to step into the red ball team and perform in the likes of Luke Wood, Zak Chappell and Paul Coughlin. Now they are likely to benefit from more opportunities."

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