Yorkshire Extend Contracts Of Brophy And White

After the recent extension of Tim Bresnan's contract the Club has moved to keep wicket-keeper, Gerard Brophy, and opening bat, Craig White, at Headingley Carnegie. Both players existing deals were due to expire at the end of the season. Gerard Brophy, 31, has shown his mettle by putting a disappointing 2006 debut season behind him and claiming the 1st XI's gloves as his own. He has been rewarded with a two year contract, which has the option of a further third year if mutually agreeable. He has scored runs consistently in all forms of cricket and is capable of taking bowling attacks apart. His 439 runs at 43.9 in first-class cricket including a debut Yorkshire hundred against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl in early May have added solidity to the Club's middle order. He has also scored 285 one day runs this summer, often batting at the top of the order to provide early impetus to the innings. Gerard has taken 32 catches and 3 stumpings in 2007. Gerard said, “I’m extremely excited about the new two year deal. It’s been good to be involved in the Club’s success this season and hopefully I can be part of a team that goes from strength to strength over the coming years.” Craig White, 37, who made his Yorkshire debut in 1990, has signed for a further season. He has been in tremendous form with the bat this summer scoring 430 first-class runs at an average of 30.17 at the top of the order. He has also been destructive in a number of Yorkshire Phoenix's one day matches, particularly in the Twenty20 campaign. Craig said, “I’m delighted to be staying at Yorkshire for another year. I’m proud that the Club has honoured my services with a new deal. As for the future, I’ll play it by ear and see how it goes. At the moment I’m just really pleased with the direction the Club is going in and I’m happy to be part of it.” © Yorkshire CCC
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