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Wheater and Dawson commit to Hampshire

Adam Wheater and Liam Dawson have penned contract extensions at Hampshire that keep the duo at the Ageas Bowl until the end of the 2017 season.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wheater, who joined the club from Essex in 2013, was due to be out of contract at the end of this campaign, but has prolonged his stay by another three years.

All-rounder Dawson, a product of the Hampshire Academy, has been handed a new two-year extension.

Wheater, who has represented Hampshire over 60 times, said: “It’s really pleasing that the club see me as an important figure for the next three years.

“Moving from Essex there was always that pressure of performing because you’re not a product of the Academy, but I feel I’ve performed well and after being offered the new contract, it didn’t take me long to sign!”

Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson, who made his debut in 2007, said: "I’m obviously delighted to have signed for the next three years."

Dawson, who made his first-team debut in 2007, said: “Hampshire is a club that I’ve been at since I was 10-years-old so I’m obviously delighted to have signed for the next three years.

“We’ve had a lot of success whilst I’ve been here and hopefully the core of players we have at the club can keep improving and we can continue to be successful.

“I feel I’m turning into a genuine all-rounder in all formats of the game so hopefully I can keep contributing with both bat and ball for many more years to come.”

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White added: “It’s great news that Adam and Liam have committed to the club. 

“They are talented all-rounders that have become integral members of the team and we look forward to seeing them push on over the next few years.”

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