Thursday 16 January 2014 

Murtagh Signs New Middlesex Contract

Tim Murtagh in action for Ireland
Tim Murtagh has signed a new contract with Middlesex
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Ireland fast bowler Tim Murtagh has signed a new three-year contract with Middlesex and is set to remain at Lord's until the end of the 2016 season.

Murtagh has been an outstanding performer for Middlesex since he moved from Surrey, taking 550 wickets in all forms of cricket.

In the past seven seasons, no English (or Irish) bowler has taken more first-class wickets than Murtagh - 410 at an average of 24.77.

2013 was another good season for him as he took 60 first-class wickets in the LV= Division One and helped Ireland complete a treble of international titles.

"It is great news for everyone at Middlesex CCC that Tim has committed his future to the Club," Middlesex CCC Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser said.

"Tim has been a pivotal figure in the progress Middlesex CCC has made in the past three seasons and we believe he still has plenty to offer.

"It is not only Tim's contributions on the pitch that make him such a valuable player. He sets the right example and plays the game the right way - hard but fair - and enjoys what he does.

"Tim may not be the quickest bowler in county cricket but he is as skilful and competitive as any bowler around.

"He is selfless and there is not a day when he gives the team anything less than 100 per cent. For someone responsible for running a sporting team you can ask for no more."

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