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Mustard and Jennings extend deals

LV= County Champions Durham have announced that Phil Mustard and Keaton Jennings have signed contract extensions with the club.

Sunderland-born wicketkeeper Mustard, 31, has agreed a three-year deal at the Emirates Durham ICG while 21-year-old opening batsman Jennings has signed up until the end of the 2015 campaign.

Keaton Jennings enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2013, scoring 707 runs and two hundreds in 14 LV= County Championship appearances as Durham won their third title in six years.Mustard has featured in all three of Durham’s championship-winning sides through the past six seasons. During the 2013 success, the limited-overs specialist returned a career-best 823 first-class runs.

His one-day skills were put to use in the longer format at Nottinghamshire in May when he opened the batting with Mark Stoneman in a dramatic championship encounter. Their century partnership and Mustard’s superb 54-ball 72 helped Geoff Cook’s side chase 184 in just 20.2 overs to record a significant victory.

Jennings came into 2013 on the back of being named the club’s second XI player of the year and successfully broke his way into the first team, appearing in 14 of Durham’s 16 games and scoring 707 runs, including two hundreds.

His maiden championship century came in the second innings of July's victory over Derbyshire, where he overcame the disappointment of falling seven runs short of a ton in the first innings to record 123.

A Durham statement said: “The club are delighted that both academy graduates have signed on with the LV= County Champions and both will be in action for the champions in the season opener versus the MCC in Abu Dhabi this March.”

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