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Stoneman cements Durham stay

Mark Stoneman celebrates hitting the four that defeated Nottinghamshire and made Durham Division One winners last year

Opening batsman Mark Stoneman has been rewarded for the form that helped Durham win last year’s LV= County Championship with his second new contract in eight months.

In May Stoneman extended his stay until 2015 but the 26-year-old left-hander, who scored three tons and six fifties as Durham stormed Division One, has now signed until the end of the 2016 campaign.

Stoneman, born in Newcastle, made his senior Durham debut in 2007 and helped them win the championship during the next two seasons.

Having cemented his place at the top of the order in first-class cricket, he caught the eye in the limited-overs game during 2012 when he was Durham’s batsman of the year.

In 2013 he hit 1,000 championship runs in a season for the first time and captained the Dynamos regularly in the Friends Life t20 and Yorkshire Bank 40 while Dale Benkenstein was sidelined.

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