County Championship: Northants star Alex Wakely signs new two-year contract

Last Updated: 29/01/14 2:27pm

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Alex Wakely: Has signed a new deal with Northants

Alex Wakely: Has signed a new deal with Northants

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Northants batsman Alex Wakely has signed a new two-year deal which keeps him at the club until the end of the 2015 season.

Wakely, vice-captain in the county championship and captain in one-day cricket, had a fine 2013 season.

He led the Steelbacks to their first trophy in 21 years, the Friends Life t20 title.

The former England U19's skipper scored 457 runs in the LV= County Championship - in which Northants won promotion to Division One - 214 in the Friends Life t20, and 366 in the Yorkshire Bank 40.

Wakely, 25, said: "I'm very happy to have signed a new deal with the club. I love this club and consider myself a Northants boy through and through. I've been here since I was 12 and have enjoyed some amazing times but none more so than in 2013, where we finally won a trophy.

"I feel the whole club is in a very good state, the players we have are as good as any out there and I believe the club is going in all the right directions.

"I have so much more I want to achieve with my own game and I am very happy that Northants have given me the chance to do this at the County Ground. I can't wait for the challenge of First Division LV= County Championship cricket and hopefully a chance to prove myself."

Head coach David Ripley said: "It is great news that Alex has decided to extend his stay here at the County Ground, he's a fine young player, improving captain and a top person.

"I am looking forward to continuing our work together over the next two years and beyond."

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