18 year-old Waringstown teenager Jack Carson has taken a five-wicket haul for Sussex in their second XI match against their Essex counterparts.

The off-spinner was the stand-out performer for the county, capturing 5 for 42 as Essex piled on 278-8, thanks primarily to a whirlwind undefeated 101 from just 64 balls by Ashar Zaidi (9 fours, 6 sixes).

He then was second top scorer in the Sussex innings, albeit with only 13 as they could only muster 106, losing by 172 runs.

The former Irish youth international moved to Brighton to start Hurstpierpoint College and join the Sussex Cricket Academy at the end of last summer.

While Carson is touted for international honours with Ireland, it's believed he is keeping his options open, as he is keen to secure a contract with the English county, which wouldn't be possible from 2019 if he were to represent Ireland.

This side effect is one of the drawbacks that Full Membership has brought.

Soon players like Barry McCarthy, Stuart Poynter, Tim Murtagh, Gary Wilson and Paul Stirling may be faced with no option but to retire from international cricket if they wish to continue playing in the county game.