Middlebrook and Evans sign new contracts with County

James Middlebrook will be at the County Ground until 2014
James Middlebrook will be at the County Ground until 2014

Northamptonshire player of the year James Middlebrook has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The former Yorkshire and Essex off-spinning all-rounder, who moved to Wantage Road in 2010, will remain at the County until at least the end of the 2014 season.

Middlebrook becomes the eighth player to sign a new deal this year as head coach David Ripley seeks to mould a competitive outfit for his first full year in charge.

Also adding his signature to a new deal is Luke Evans who has penned a one-year contract.

The Sunderland-born seamer has suffered with injury during his two years at the County Ground and underwent a back operation prior to the recently concluded campaign.

But he impressed in his limited senior outings at the tail end of the year and he is likely to have more opportunities next year in the wake of Chaminda Vaas’ and Jack Brooks’ departures.

Commenting on the duo’s retention, head coach David Ripley said: “James has been particularly consistent and he’s a very good county cricketer.

“He’s good to have around and the contract is recognition for what he’s achieved since he’s been here.

“Once Luke got his back sorted out he only missed one game in the second half of the season and all fast bowlers are going to miss the odd game.

“In the games he played he reminded us of what he can do and he’s got some good attributes.

“It’s good for us going forward and there is a bit of continuity there which is what we wanted.”