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Mitchell extends Worcestershire stay

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell has committed to the club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 29-year-old top-order batsman made his senior debut for his sole county in 2005 and became skipper in 2010. He has scored 6,647 first-class runs for Worcestershire, including a best of 298 versus Somerset at Taunton in 2009.

This year Mitchell passed 1,000 first-class runs for the third time. He was also the Royals’ leading Yorkshire Bank 40 scorer with 530 runs at an average of 44.16.

Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Signing our club captain Daryl for three years is a major boost to the club and it now means we have a group of players committed long-term to Worcestershire CCC. This fits into our strategy of holding on to our best talent, especially a locally-born player who has come through our academy system."

Mitchell said: "I'm delighted to commit my future to the club in what is an exciting era for Worcestershire CCC. It's a great honour and privilege to play and lead the club I supported as a boy and I'm looking forward to the next three years and beyond."

Meanwhile Graeme Cessford, a 30-year-old seamer who joined last November as part of the Royal Air Force's elite athlete programme, has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Worcestershire until the end of next campaign.

Rhodes said: “The minor surgery he has recently undertaken will have a positive effect on his performances. We must also say thanks to the RAF for allowing Graeme to pursue his cricketing ambitions with the county."

Cessford said: "I'm delighted to be able to represent Worcestershire for a further year and would like to thank the RAF for their continued support. I hope to use the winter months to get fitter and quicker in preparation for the 2014 season."

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