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Hick to play on with Pears

Veteran to carry on batting

Graeme Hick will prolong his county career for at least another season after agreeing a new one-year contract with Worcestershire.

The 41-year-old former England batsman is still a prolific run-scorer at county level and this year passed the 40-000 first-class run-mark.

Zimbabwe-born Hick, who has been with Worcestershire since 1984, insists he passion for the game remains undiminished and even believes he can play a part in helping the club win silverware in the near future.

"I am really enjoying my cricket this year and still feel as fit as ever," he declared.

"Playing cricket is what I love doing and my enthusiasm for the game remains.

"I also believe we are close to having a very good team and I certainly want to be part of it when we start winning a few titles."

News that Hick will be staying on at the club will come as a welcome boost after what has proved a difficult summer for Worcestershire.

The Pears sit bottom of the LV County Championship Division One table having seen two four-day matches washed out at New Road and may not be able to return to their home ground this summer.

Chairman Martyn Price welcomed Hick's decision, stating: "Graeme is in some of the best form of his life and is clearly fit enough to continue playing.

"Most importantly he wants to carry on for at least another year and wants to play for Worcestershire.

"During what has been a difficult few weeks for the club, we can start concentrating on what really matters and that is our cricket. It couldn't be better news for everybody involved."