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Middlesex wicket-keeper Adam Rossington and Hampshire seam bowler James Tomlinson have both signed contract extensions with their respective counties.
Rossington, an 18 year-old who has represented England’s Under-19 side, has extended his existing contract by one year to the end of 2013, while Tomlinson has also signed until the end of the 2013 season.
Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser said of Rossington, “Adam is one of the most promising young wicketkeeper-batsmen in the country. Like a lot of young cricketers there are aspects of his game that need improving on but, now that he has finished at Mill Hill School, [meaning that] he can commit fully to cricket, I am sure he will develop quickly.”
Hampshire’s first-team coach Giles White spoke in glowing terms of left-armer Tomlinson, saying, “He has the ability to swing the ball both ways, is a terrific influence on the team, and his experience and quality will play a big part over the next few years.”
Other County News In Brief:
Yorkshire CCC have confirmed that none of their players have put their names forward to be part of February’s IPL auction. It had been thought that wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow would’ve done, but it is understood that he has chosen to play county cricket to further his international ambitions.
Nottinghamshire chief executive Derek Brewer has stood down from his post at Trent Bridge in order to take up the role of secretary and chief executive of MCC at Lord’s. More
Darren Stevens has spoken of his frustration at coming close to securing deals to play in both Zimbabwe’s and New Zealand’s domestic twenty 20 competitions only to see them fall through at the last moment. The Kent all-rounder said that he hopes to play in Bangladesh in January and is also understood to be talking to South Africa’s Warriors franchise.
Peterborough Town all-rounder Lewis Bruce has been invited to train with Northamptonshire’s first team after impressing in winter trails at Wantage Road. The 24 year-old scored over 500 runs and took almost 30 wickets for Town last season, as well as taking 48 wickets with his off-spin for minor county Cambridgeshire. Batsman David Clarke has also had trials with both Northamptonshire and Yorkshire.
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