Contract heaven for Evans
Just over two years since joining Warwickshire from Surrey, batsman Laurie Evans has signed a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2014 campaign.
The 25-year-old right-hander, who moved in November 2010 on a one-year deal, impressed in this season’s Friends Life t20 with 146 runs at an average of 73 in eight games - including a match-winning 68 not out versus Northamptonshire at Edgbaston.
He made one LV= County Championship appearance as Warwickshire lifted the Division One title and three as the Bears were runners-up in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Evans, who last year was a key member of the team that won the Second XI Championship, said: "The strength of our squad at Warwickshire gives us a great chance of winning silverware in all formats, so I'm thrilled to be part of this for at least a further two years.
"Whilst opportunities in the senior team have been limited for me to date, I wanted to stay with such a big club and fight for my place. If I can keep working hard and score runs in the pre-season then hopefully a run in the County Championship team is just around the corner."
Outgoing director of cricket Ashley Giles, last week appointed England ODI and T20 head coach, said: "Laurie has a great future ahead of him and I'm delighted that he's committed to Warwickshire to fight to become an established member of the first team.
"He has already highlighted that he's capable of match-winning performances in the Friends Life t20 and we're confident that he can demonstrate this in other formats of the game and help the club achieve more success in the future."