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Lyndon James extends Notts stay with four-year deal

Lyndon James extends Notts stay with four-year deal
Lyndon James extends Notts stay with four-year deal

Academy graduate Lyndon James has signed a four-year contract extension with Nottinghamshire.

The 23-year-old played in all but one match in the Green and Golds’ Division Two title triumph in 2022, finishing the campaign with 890 runs at an average of 52.35.

His tally included his first three centuries in First-Class cricket, the first against Durham in April at Chester-le-Street, with a further two following on home soil later in the campaign.

“It feels very special to extend my time at Trent Bridge, having had the most enjoyable year of my professional career,” said James.

“From scoring my first century in Durham, to finishing the job at home against the same opposition, I feel like I’ve matured at the crease over the last 12 months, and to have the security to continue that development for the next four years is really valuable.

“In the short-term, there’s a lot of hard work to come this winter.

“It was our priority to get promoted back to Division One last year because we want to win the County Championship, so we need to be ready to hit our straps in four-day cricket, and be prepared to go again in the short formats when the time comes as well.

“On a personal note, I want to offer as much as possible to help Notts win games and to achieve our goals as a team.

“That includes white-ball cricket, where I’ve got ambitions to break into the Outlaws’ T20 side, and to progress further in the 50-over format of the game.”

Having made his red-ball debut in 2018, James made the number five spot his own during the summer of 2021.

Since that time, the Worksop-born all-rounder has been a crucial cog in Nottinghamshire’s top six, and earned his first England Lions call-up for a training camp in the UAE as a result of a prolonged show of form.

In last season’s Royal London Cup campaign, the right hander scored 238 runs at an average of 29.75, with one fifty.

“Lyndon’s work often goes under the radar, but his maturity in that number five slot in four-day cricket cannot be overlooked,” said Head Coach Peter Moores.

“His ability to weather the storm if we’ve lost early wickets has been outstanding and it was great to see him go on and score the runs his skill and application deserve.

“He was limited by injury with his bowling this summer, though we’re confident he will be back next season; making the same kind of impact he has in the past, often at key times in the game.

“He, of course, has ambitions to be involved in all formats of the game – and we certainly believe that he has the skills and temperament to do that.

“Having come through our system, Lyndon has a really bright future, and we’re all looking forward to seeing how well he takes his opportunities moving forward.”