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Ben Slater extends contract with Nottinghamshire CCC

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Nottinghamshire’s 2020 Red Ball Player of the Season, Ben Slater, has extended his contract with the Green and Golds until 2023.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a prolific campaign in this year’s Bob Willis Trophy, amassing 425 runs at an average of 60.71 across five matches.

Slater scored 197 runs in two games on loan at Leicestershire before returning to Trent Bridge to average 76 across the final three contests of the campaign.

The left-hander began to form a promising opening partnership with Haseeb Hameed, with the duo sharing a 200-run opening stand against Leicestershire.

“We were lucky to be out there last season, providing some entertainment in these weird and unprecedented times,” said the Chesterfield born batsman.

“It was an all-too-short period of cricket that we got to play, but it’s one I’ll look back on fondly because of the way things went for me on the field, and the type of cricket we started to play as a team.

“I’ve got a winter of hard work ahead of me to cement that spot at the top of the order, then it’s a case of getting back to scoring as many runs as I can and hopefully winning matches with Nottinghamshire.”

Having joined the club at the back end of the 2018 season, Slater has gone on to score 1,178 First-Class runs in 21 matches, with three hundreds and three half-centuries.

The opener averages 55.55 across his 36-match career in List A cricket.

“It was great to see Ben take his opportunity last season both for Leicestershire on loan and then more importantly when he got back to us,” said Nottinghamshire Head Coach Peter Moores.

“He worked extremely hard last winter on several aspects of his game and it was very exciting to see it all come together during the season.

“His game is going from strength to strength and the coming season will provide him with another great opportunity to build on his successes of last year.”

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