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Vince extends stay at Ageas Bowl

James Vince has committed his future to Hampshire by signing a three-year contract extension.

The 22-year-old batsman, a tourist with the England Performance Programme and Lions in the last two winters, has come through the youth ranks at the Ageas Bowl.

His previous deal was set to expire at the end of the current campaign, but he will now remain on the south coast until the end of 2016 at least.

Vince, who has won three limited-overs trophies with the Royals, said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract here at Hampshire and am looking forward to contributing to some successful years to come with the club.

“We have a fantastic ground, fantastic facilities and great squad of players and coaching staff here.”

Although batting remains his strongest suit, illustrated by a tally of 568 runs at 44 in this summer’s LV= County Championship, Vince is also developing as a medium-pace bowler and claimed a five-wicket haul against Loughborough MCCU in April.

Hampshire manager Giles White said: “It’s great that James has committed to the club for the next few years. He has moved forward this season with the bat and has also shown good potential with the ball.

“He is maturing into an influential player in all forms of the game and, if he continues to develop, the next phase of his career should be an exciting one.”

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