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WATCH: Opportunity knocks for Garton at Hove


George Garton in action against Essex Eagles at Hove on Monday

George Garton is relishing the unexpected opportunities he is having to make his name at Sussex.

The 19-year-old left-armer, who is in his first year on the professional staff at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, has already taken seven wickets in three games in the Specsavers County Championship and now finds himself in the Royal London One-Day Cup side.

Garton has acquitted himself well with the white ball too. He took two wickets against Essex on his List A debut in front of the Sky cameras on Monday and another on Wednesday against Glamorgan.

“I’m playing more than I thought,” he admitted. “As long as you are in and around the squad and learning that’s a bonus and I did think I’d get a game or two this season, but to be put in straight away in the Championship was a boost for my confidence.

“(Captain) Luke Wright said at the start of the season that he wanted to give youngsters a go so that they keep pushing the more experienced players. But we have to earn it with good performances in the second team and that’s happened when you think of me and guys like Stuart Whittingham and Lewis Hatchett.”

Garton seemed unfazed at making his one-day debut live on TV. He is quicker than his slender frame might suggest and he swings the ball too.

“I played a lot of 50-over cricket at school and the Under-19 World Cup in the winter so I have an understanding of how I want to bowl, how I can get wickets and defend runs in that format,” he added. “I have enjoyed the opportunity but I know there are things I can improve and that I have to do that otherwise someone will come and take my place.”

WATCH: Full interview with George Garton via the link to the Sussex YouTube Channel above, as he spoke to Adrian Harms (BBC Sussex) on Monday

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