Brett D'Oliveira, Ed Barnard extend their stay at Worcestershire

Worcestershire's Brett D'Oliveira poses in the stand named after his grandfather
Worcestershire's Brett D'Oliveira poses in the stand named after his grandfather
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Worcestershire have confirmed that all-rounders Brett D'Oliveira and Ed Barnard signed a contract extension with the English county club.

D'Oliveira, a product of Worcestershire academy has played 37 first-class games in which he has scored 1861 runs at an average just under 30 with a highest score of 202 not out. He has also claimed 33 wickets for the club.

The 25-year-old amassed 656 runs from 11 County Championship matches this season, including a 93 run knock against Glamorgan in the ongoing contest at New Road. He also featured in 13 Natwest T20 Blast games this season and was the second most economical bowler for the club while claiming 11 wickets.

D'Oliveira is confident of propelling his career with Worcestershire and is delighted on signing the contract extension.

"I was over the moon and pleasantly surprised to have been offered the extension in the first place by the club and then to sign it as well, and get the deal I was happy with, is absolutely amazing really.

"If we stick together as a group moving forward, then we will be stronger in the future.

"In terms of my own game, I think I have shown improvements over the last few years.

"I still have a lot to give and I want to achieve a lot more.

"I feel I've been improving each season and I've just got to keep working hard and moving forward."

Meanwhile, Barnard has been instrumental for the club with contributions from both bat and the ball as he went on to account for 28 wickets from 10 County Championship games this season while scoring 417 runs at an average of 32 as well.

"I've been really happy with the way the season has gone and to get this contract extension now from Bumpy and sign it, is really pleasing," said Barnard.

"It's great that a lot of other people like Dolly, Tonguey and Felly are also committing to the club with new contracts.

"Worcestershire is a terrific place for young players to play and we have shown in the Championship this year that we are still an improving side.

"Everyone is growing up and maturing each year and although the NatWest T20 Blast campaign has been disappointing this year, we are still going from strength to strength as a team.

"Hopefully in the next few years, if we keep our core players together, that is going to continue."

Worcestershire are currently second in the Division Two table with 149 points from 10 games.

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