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RAF Corporal Graeme Cessford awarded new Worcestershire deal

Graeme Cessford: New deal with Worcestershire

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Worcestershire have awarded fast bowler and RAF Corporal Graeme Cessford a one-year extension, keeping him at New Road for 2014.

Cessford was recruited from the RAF last year and made the breakthrough into the first team halfway through the summer.

His slippery pace earned him 17 wickets in six first-class matches and another year of professional cricket.

The RAF has allowed him to continue his sabbatical and Cessford said: "I thank the RAF for their support. I hope to use the winter months to get fitter and quicker."

He needed an operation towards the end of the season but coach Steve Rhodes said: "The minor surgery he has undertaken will have a positive effect on his performances

"We are obviously pleased that Graeme has agreed to extend his stay at Worcestershire. We must also say thanks to the RAF for allowing Graeme to pursue his cricketing ambitions with the county."