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Northamptonshire have confirmed that off-spinning all-rounder James Middlebrook has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.
The 34 year-old enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons of his career in 2011, especially in the LV= County Championship, where he averaged 43 with the bat and 30 with the ball, which resulted in him being named the Supporters’ Player of the Year.
Middlebrook, who began his career at his native Yorkshire before spending time with Essex, said of the news, “I really enjoyed this past year, with both bat and ball. Thanks to my form, I have been able to secure this contract extension and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to extend my stay with Northants.”
Northants coach, David Capel, added “It is good news for Northants that James has committed his future to the club. He performed very well for us last season and I’m sure he will continue to play an important role in helping the club achieve its ambitions.”
Other County News In Brief
Hampshire CCC have awarded a testimonial to their Head Groundsman Nigel Wray. 2012 will be his 23rd season with the club.
Leicestershire chairman Paul Haywood has revealed that the club are looking to sign a seam bowler ahead of 2012. Meanwhile, the club are expected to announce a small profit for 2011 in the coming days.
Middlesex Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, has admitted that the county are targeting Chris Gayle as one of their FLt20 overseas players for 2012. His hefty price tag is, however, expected to prove a stumbling block.
Steve Elworthy and Dave Richardson are understood to be on the shortlist of candidates for the vacant role of MCC chief executive.
Chris and David Adams will today complete the final leg of their Big Cricket Ride.
Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter has been awarded a benefit with the club for 2012. The 36 year-old is expected to play only limited overs cricket for the Bears next season.
Glamorgan seam bowler Alex Jones has signed a two-year contract with the club. The 22 year-old will be playing club cricket in Australia this winter.
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