Thursday 17 February 2011 

Ervine And McKenzie Extend Hampshire Stays

Ervine And McKenzie Extend Hampshire Stays
Ervine And McKenzie Extend Hampshire Stays
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Hampshire pair Sean Ervine and Neil McKenzie have signed extensions to their contracts, which will see Ervine remain at The Rose Bowl unti the end of the 2013 season and McKenzie play again this summer.

Ervine recently turned down the chance to play in the Cricket World Cup for Zimbabwe after he was picked in their 15-man squad, instead deciding to remain with Hampshire.

McKenzie joined Hampshire in 2010, scoring 942 first-class runs as well as helping Hampshire win the Friends Provident t20 on their home ground.

“I am very pleased to agree this new deal. Hampshire have shown me how much they value my contribution to the side and I intend to show the fans of Hampshire Cricket how committed I am to the club with my performances this coming season," Ervine said.

"It’s going to be a landmark year for the Royals and The Rose Bowl as we attempt to defend our Twenty20 crown and Test match cricket comes to the venue for the first time ever so I’m excited to be a part of that. I’m now just looking forward to the first home game of the season against Durham on April 8th."

Hampshire Manager, Giles White added: "Both Neil and Sean were outstanding players for the club last season, putting in countless match-winning performances.

"Sean is a wonderful professional who all the young guys in the squad look up to so it will be a huge bonus to have him with us for two more seasons.

"Neil, meanwhile, brings so much to the team both on the pitch and in the dressing room so we are very pleased that he will be joining us once again next year."

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