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Wakely signs new Northants deal

Northamptonshire one-day captain Alex Wakely has agreed a new two-year contract to remain at the County Ground until the end of the 2015 season.

Wakely enjoyed a memorable 2013 as he led the Steelbacks to Friends Life t20 glory – the club’s first silverware for 21 years.

The 25-year-old led from the front in the limited-overs formats, scoring 366 List A runs at 36.6, alongside a Twenty20 aggregate of 214.

Alex Wakely has penned a new two-year deal at Northants after leading the county to its first trophy in 21 years last season

Valuable contributions also came in the LV= County Championship, and Wakely registered 457 runs as Northamptonshire sealed promotion to Division One.

"I'm very happy to have signed a new deal with the club,” said the former England Under-19 captain. “I love this club and consider myself a Northants boy through and through.

“I’ve been here since I was 12 and have enjoyed some amazing times, but none more so than in 2013, where we finally won a trophy.”

“I feel the whole club is in a very good state; the players we have are as good as any out there and I believe the club is going in all the right directions.  

“I have so much more I want to achieve with my own game and I am very happy that Northants have given me the chance to do this at the County Ground. I can't wait for the challenge of first division LV= County Championship cricket and hopefully a chance to prove myself."

Northants head coach David Ripley added: “It is great news that Alex has decided to extend his stay here at the County Ground. He’s a fine young player, improving captain and a top person. I am looking forward to continuing our work together over the next two years and beyond.”

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