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James Middlebrook and Luke Evans have signed new contracts at Northamptonshire

James Middlebrook: New two-year deal at Northants

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Northamptonshire duo James Middlebrook and Luke Evans have both signed new contracts at Wantage Road.

All-rounder Middlebrook has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal after being named as the club's player of the season in 2012.

The 35-year-old, signed from Essex at the start of 2010, scored 714 runs and took 24 wickets during an otherwise disappointing LV= County Championship Division Two campaign for the club.

Speaking on his new deal, Middlebrook said: "I'm really pleased, it's very nice to have signed knowing the club appreciates my efforts as a player and I am looking forward to another couple of seasons here, where I will continue to work hard to try and help the club achieve its aims."

Seamer Evans, 25, has signed a one-year deal after impressing the coaching staff in the latter stages of the 2012 season, taking 12 wickets in two matches, including best figures of 4-38 against Hampshire.

Evans said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be continuing with Northants Cricket for another year after what has been a frustrating time for me over the last two seasons. It was such a thrill to have taken wickets in the championship matches I played this year and I'm hungry for more next year."

Northants head coach David Ripley said of the pair: "I am very pleased that James' consistency has been rewarded. His all round game seems to be growing each year and he is the kind of senior player every dressing room wants.

"Luke had an outstanding end to the season and we are all looking forward to him building on that, with the obvious attributes he has to become a top class bowler."