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Willey extends Northants stay

Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey has committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a stunning campaign, highlighted by a wonderful all-round performance in the Friends Life t20 final.

Willey struck 60 off just 27 balls before producing a hat-trick en route to figures of 4-9 as the Northants Steelbacks eased past Surrey in the sprint-format showpiece finale.

Those efforts, as well as his excellent performances across all forms, earned Willey his second successive club player of the year gong.

He said: “I’m happy to have signed a new three-year contract with Northants as the club have made huge improvements in the last 12 months and I hope these continue.

“I’m a local lad and want Northants Cricket to be a successful club and hope to be an important part of the club’s success over the next three years.”

Head coach David Ripley and chief executive David Smith were unsurprisingly delighted with Willey’s new deal.

“David is a dynamic player and someone who could add something to any county in the country,” said Ripley.

“He’s a Northampton lad who I’ve known since he was nine years old so I am delighted he will be with us for at least the next three years as we continue to look for improvement as a squad.”

Smith added: “I am delighted David has committed the next three years to Northants cricket. He has been instrumental in the improvement in our cricket this summer, including our first t20 trophy win in August.

“David has progressed throughout the county age group and academy squads and it’s very important that we retain our very best players at the cricket club.”

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