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Wood commits to Hampshire

Hampshire all-rounder Chris Wood has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract extension with the club.

The 24-year-old has been a regular for the south coast county in their limited-overs set-up and played a key role in helping them to victory in both the Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2012.

His contract was due to expire at the end of next season, but he has now agreed a new deal that ties him to the Ageas Bowl until the end of 2016 and is now desperate to make his mark in the LV= County Championship.

“I love playing my cricket here and I’ve really enjoyed all the success we’ve had so I was delighted to be offered a new contract and it didn’t take me long to sign,” he said.

Chris Wood has impressed in limited-overs cricket for Hampshire this season but is looking for a regular role in the LV= County Championship

“My one-day cricket for Hampshire has been good and I need to continue doing that, but to improve in four-day cricket is a big aim for me. Every county player wants to be playing Division One County Championship cricket so hopefully I can play a part in getting us there for next season.”

Wood's biggest contributions for the side have come with the ball, with the left-armer's 16 wickets in the NatWest t20 Blast this season helping them to another Finals Day while an average of 25.10 in List A cricket highlights his importance in one-day cricket.

However, he does have a first-class century to his name, as well as four fifties, and a bowling average of under 30 in the longer format suggests there is more to come.

Hampshire's director of cricket Giles White said: “Chris has been limited to one-day cricket so far this season but still remains an integral part of our plans across all formats. He is an all-rounder with plenty of potential and we look forward to him playing his part over the next couple of years."

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