Friday 5 August 2011 

Clare And Durston Pen New Derbyshire Deals

Clare And Durston Pen New Derbyshire Deals
Clare And Durston Pen New Derbyshire Deals
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Derbyshire pair Jonathan Clare and Wes Durston have been awarded new three and two-year contracts respectively, the club has confirmed.

Lancashire Academy graduate Clare, 25, has made 34 first-class appearances for the club since joining following a trial in 2005, while ex-Somerset all-rounder Durston joined Derbyshire in 2010 having impressed playing for the Unicorns.

"I’m delighted to have been awarded another two years and excited to be a part of Derbyshire’s future," Durston said.

"The Club is assembling a talented young side and backing it to succeed and I buy into that philosophy 100%. Hopefully I can keep scoring runs and also help some of the younger players along by sharing my experience with them.

"Clearly I’m very grateful to Derbyshire for handing me the opportunity of resurrecting my professional career and I’ve been pleased to be able to reward them with some decent performances."

Chairman Chris Grant added: "The story of Jon Clare’s rise from Second XI trialist to flourishing professional cricketer is one that gives hope to young aspiring cricketers around the country.

"The opportunity to prove himself at first team level was a long time coming for Jon but, crucially, when it came he grasped it with both hands and has since demonstrated an exceptional attitude to his cricket which is allowing his undoubted talent to flourish.

"Jon is an entertaining player to watch and it has been great to see him scoring runs and taking wickets during the current season – a happy trend I hope to see him continue for years to come."

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