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Cosker commits to Glamorgan

Left-arm spinner Dean Cosker has signed a contract extension to stay at Glamorgan until the end of the 2015 season, which will be his 20th with them.

The 35-year-old last month made Kent’s Sam Northeast his 500th first-class wicket for the Welsh county.

Cosker’s early potential was recognised by England, who selected him for under-19 tours and England A trips to East Africa, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He was a member of the Glamorgan side that won the 1997 County Championship, claiming the final wicket of their campaign to defeat Somerset at Taunton and clinch a third championship title.

He played in the 2000 Benson & Hedges Cup final and last month’s Yorkshire Bank 40 showpiece, both at Lord’s, and was a key figure in the Glamorgan Dragons side that won the National League title in 2002 and 2004.

Cosker is an outstanding fielder, especially at backward point, as well as being a useful lower-order batsman. He will start the 2014 season with his career tally of wickets amounting to 547 in all first-class matches, plus 308 in limited-overs games.

Cosker said: "I love taking wickets for Glamorgan and there is no feeling like it so I'm pleased to commit myself to Glamorgan for another two years. I am a Welsh lad and am proud and honoured to be playing for this club, which is on the up.

"The appointment of Hugh Morris (as Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket) has played a significant part in this decision. I have huge respect for Hugh and he is highly respected within the game.

"He has been very influential with the way England have been successful over the last few years, so it is exciting times to have a Glamorgan legend back at the club, to see the young talent coming through and the elements of a good team coming together.”

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