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Patel prolongs Middlesex stay

Emerging Middlesex left-arm spinner Ravi Patel has extended his contract until the end of the 2016 season.

The 22-year-old, currently unavailable due to a stress fracture in his back, has taken 54 first XI wickets at an average of 26.5 in all forms of the game.

In 11 first-class matches Patel has returned 40 wickets at 28 and this year he claimed 10 scalps in eight Twenty20 contests at 18.6.

Middlesex's managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said: “Ravi has continued to make good progress at Middlesex CCC.

“Since recovering from the hand injury he sustained during pre-season he has been in most, if not all, of our red- and white-ball squads.

“We have always rated Ravi as a first-class bowler but in 2013 he showed how adaptable and smart he is by being extremely effective in t20 cricket.

“He is not the finished article and is aware that there are areas of his game that he needs to work. We believe he has the potential to become a fine bowler and that he will take many wickets for Middlesex CCC over the coming years.”

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