Sussex leg spinner Archie Lenham has signed his first professional contract at the club.

Signed on a rookie contract until the end of the current season in June, the 17-year-old Academy graduate’s impressive performances for the first team have seen him rewarded with a multi-year deal.

In his 16 appearances for Sussex in White ball cricket, Lenham has taken 18 wickets.

Ten wickets of those wickets came in the Vitality Blast, with only Tymal Mills and David Wiese (both 11) having taken more.

In this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup, the Bede’s School pupil finished as Sussex’s joint leading wicket-taker with eight dismissals in seven appearances.

After committing his future to Sussex, Lenham said: “I was delighted and thrilled to sign my first full contract. I’ve really enjoyed this season so far and have felt that almost every session I’ve learned something that can improve my game in some way.

“So many people have helped since being in the squad such as CJ [Chris Jordan] with my overall game and Rashid [Khan], Beero [Will Beer] and Sals [Ian Salisbury] with my bowling.

"Garts [George Garton] has helped with my fielding. Kirtles [James Kirtley] has also been a huge help with my game, as has Ash [Wright] with my batting.

“My personal ambitions for the next few years are to keep improving and keep helping Sussex win games of cricket and hopefully some trophies."