Mark Adair signs new deal with Warwickshire

Four players have signed new contracts with Warwickshire at Edgbaston
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Seam bowling all-rounder Mark Adair has signed a two-year contract extension at Warwickshire while three other young players have signed their first contracts at the club.

Liam Banks, Matt Lamb, and George Panayi are all graduates from the Academy and will be hoping to make the sort of impact Adair has this season.

The 20-year-old's early-season form earned him a place in the Birmingham Bears T20 Blast team and he took a wicket with his first ball against Worcestershire Rapids at Edgbaston.

Having joined the Academy at the end of the 2012 season, he has now signed a senior contract keeping him at Edgbaston until at least the end of the 2017 season.

Lamb, 19, is a right-hand batsman who has been part of the Warwickshire age-group sides since the age of 10, being awarded a place on the Academy in 2012.

He plays for Barnt Green CC in the Birmingham & District Premier League and is currently studying for his A-levels at Bromsgrove School.

Panayi, 18, a fast bowling all-rounder, joined Warwickshire as a 14-year-old, going on to join the Emerging Players programme in 2012 and then the Academy two years later.

He was the leader of the England Development Programme attack in an Under-17s series against Pakistan in 2015 and like Lamb, plays in the Birmingham & District Premier League, representing Shrewsbury CC.

Banks, who is at 17 the youngest of the trio, is a top order batsman and off-spinner who joined the Academy at Warwickshire from Staffordshire in 2012. He plays in the North Staffs & Cheshire League for Hem Heath CC.

Dougie Brown, Warwickshire's Director of Cricket, is delighted to see players continue to make progress and sign new contracts with the club.

"It’s fantastic to see young players step up to a senior level and the new deals provide Matt, George and Liam with an opportunity to train with the squad and be in contention for playing at the highest level of the domestic game," he said.

"We’re committed to giving our young players the best possible opportunity to progress to the professional ranks and today’s news ensures that 10 members of our squad have come through our development programme.

"Since making his first-class debut last September, Mark has worked very hard at his game and been very impressive in training.

"We are delighted with his performances this season and believe that he has a big future to play here at Edgbaston."

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