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Murtagh makes Middlesex commitment

Tim Murtagh, the most prolific bowler in UK first-class cricket over the last seven seasons, has signed a new three-year deal with Middlesex.

Tim Murtagh was the third-highest LV= County Championship Division One wicket-taker last year with 60 scalps

Murtagh joined Middlesex from Surrey ahead of the 2007 campaign and has taken 410 first-class wickets at an average of 24.77 for the county he is now contracted to until the end of the 2016 season.

The 32-year-old seamer has claimed more than 550 scalps in all forms of cricket. In 2013 he was the third-highest LV= County Championship Division One wicket-taker with 60.

Over the last 18 months Murtagh has also represented Ireland in both limited-overs formats, in November helping them qualify for this spring’s World Twenty20.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said: "It is great news for everyone at Middlesex CCC that Tim has committed his future to the club.

“Tim has been a pivotal figure in the progress Middlesex CCC has made in the past three seasons and we believe he still has plenty to offer. It is not only Tim's contributions on the pitch that make him such a valuable player. He sets the right example and plays the game the right way - hard but fair - and enjoys what he does.

"Tim may not be the quickest bowler in county cricket but he is as skilful and competitive as any bowler around. He is selfless and there is not a day when he gives the team anything less than 100 per cent. For someone responsible for running a sporting team you can ask for no more."

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