Many congratulations to former Bede's Senior School pupil, Ali Orr (2019), for signing his first professional contract with Sussex CCC on his birthday!
Ali has become the tenth pathway graduate in Sussex’s current professional squad and is the fourth of those to sign their first contracts ahead of the new campaign, alongside Jamie Atkins, Jack Carson and fellow former Bede's pupil Henry Crocombe (2020).
Reacting to his deal, Ali says, “I am so excited to sign my first contract with Sussex as it has always been an ambition of mine since joining the age group squads when I was 10. It means so much to know that the coaches as well as the directors have belief in my game to try and take it to the next level. Sussex means so much to me as I’ve been not only been playing for them but also supporting them for so long, so to finally have an opportunity to be a professional cricketer really is a dream come true.
“My goal for the season is to make my first-class debut, and then moving on from that try and cement my place in the side in the long term. I enjoy all formats of the game and want to improve myself to try and get an opportunity in all formats of the game as well. In the end my overall goal in the long term is to play for England.”
Alan Wells, Director of Cricket at Bede's, adds, “We are absolutely delighted to see that Ali has signed his first professional contract with Sussex. Ali has worked tirelessly in his dream to become a professional cricketer and I have little doubt that he will strive to make a huge success of it. We at Bede’s are naturally thrilled that Ali will be following Henry Crocombe onto the Sussex staff and are proud of the fact that our cricket programme has helped develop another first class cricketer.”