Friday 26 September 2008 

Wagg Signs Contract Extension At Derbyshire

Derbyshire all-rounder Graham Wagg has penned a new contract which ties him to the Club until the end of 2010.

The 25-year-old has been a near ever-present in all forms of cricket for Derbyshire this season, taking wickets consistently throughout the campaign and celebrating his maiden first-class century against Northamptonshire in July.

The former Warwickshire all-rounder signed for Derbyshire in 2006 and although he missed the first half of the season with a shoulder injury, he burst onto the scene with a career-best match winning spell of 6-38 against Somerset.

The 2007 season brought 53 wickets and 530 runs in first-class cricket and after receiving his county cap, Wagg has continued to show that kind of form during the current campaign. Ahead of the final match if the season against Leicestershire, he had scored 527 runs and taken 57 wickets in 2008, making him the first Derbyshire player to complete the 500 runs / 50 wickets season double in two successive seasons since Geoff Miller in 1976/77.

Wagg is also likely to finish as the only player in county cricket to complete the season double in both 2007 and 2008.

He turned in a fine all-round performance in the LV County Championship victory over Worcestershire at Chesterfield taking match figures of 8-119 and scoring a crucial 56.

Better was still to come however as, in the recent match against Gloucestershire, Wagg became only the third player in Derbyshire’s history – and the first for 74 years – to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in the same match.

His second innings 72 in that match came from just 47 balls and his match figures of 10-103 were crucial to Derbyshire’s 117-run victory.

Wagg was also at his explosive best in the Twenty20 Cup victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge later that month when he took career-best figures of 3-23 before his unbeaten 27, from just 18 balls, took the Phantoms to a thrilling last ball victory.

Head of Cricket John Morris said: "Graham has cemented his status as a genuine all-rounder of some quality in the past two seasons and he has a key role to play in the future of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

"As well as possessing exceptional natural ability with bat, ball and in the field, his infectious enthusiasm is a terrific asset to the squad.

"With two successive impressive seasons behind him and further progression in his game still possible, Graham is definitely a player who should be striving for international honours in the future."

Wagg added: "I am delighted to have extended my contract because I am happy here at Derbyshire and I want to be part of a successful future for this club.

"The team have played some of the best cricket since I arrived at the Club during the current season, particularly in the Championship, and hopefully we can build on those performances next year.

"Taking 50 plus wickets and scoring 500 plus runs for the past two seasons has been pleasing. The challenge now for me is to do it consistently season after season."

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