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Ben Duckett extends contract with Nottinghamshire CCC

Ben Duckett extends contract with Nottinghamshire CCC
Ben Duckett extends contract with Nottinghamshire CCC
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Ben Duckett, the reigning Nottinghamshire Player of the Year and Vitality Blast Final match-winner, has extended his contract with the county.

The 26-year-old, who scored 734 runs across the Bob Willis Trophy and Vitality Blast last season, averaging 56 and 43 in the respective competitions, has committed to the Green and Golds until 2023.

“Coming to Trent Bridge has been everything I wanted it to be and more,” said Duckett.

“We have a group of ambitious cricketers all pulling in the same direction, the support we have from the coaches is second-to-none and I’m hugely excited about what I believe we can achieve in all forms of the game.

“We share a determination to challenge for trophies, and we hope lifting the Blast last season can be the start of something special.”

Duckett passed 100 on two occasions in red-ball cricket in 2020, following his 116 against Lancashire with 150 versus Durham, batting at number three in the order.

The left-hander also hit four half-centuries in the Outlaws’ triumphant Blast campaign, including a crucial unbeaten 51 in the final against Surrey.

Since joining Nottinghamshire midway through the 2018 season, the eight-time England international has taken his career haul of First-Class runs to 6,140 at 39.35 with 18 centuries.

“Ben has improved steadily over the past 12 months," said Head Coach Peter Moores.

"He had a clear picture of the sort of player he wanted to become after a tough season in 2019.

"He should take a lot of credit for sticking to his guns after getting some good balls in the first few games. He backed what he had worked on and went on to become our leading run-scorer in the Bob Willis Trophy.

“He was the glue within the T20 team, scoring at a really good rate, manipulating the ball to all areas of the ground and always scoring when needed.

“He gauged the run-chase in the Final brilliantly, which was a credit to all the work he had done before.

"The fact that he made it look so straightforward is credit to him, and it was fitting that he was there to hit the winning runs and get us over the line."

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