Contract’s bliss for Chris Rushworth

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DURHAM bowler Chris Rushworth has been rewarded for his superb form last season with a new contract.

The club last night announced that the 26-year-old seamer signed a contract extension to keep the Wearsider at the Emirates ICG until the end of the 2014 season.

Rushworth said: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract extension with Durham CCC.

“2012 was a tough season for the club, but, on a personal level, I was delighted to take 38 Championship wickets, and felt for the first time I’d really established myself in the first team.

“I’m hoping to push on to the next level in 2013, a huge year for the club, and hopefully we can perform to the levels we know we can and bring some silverware back to Emirates Durham.”

The Sunderland-born bowler came through the Durham CCC Academy, signing his first full professional contract in 2010, making his first-class debut against Yorkshire at Headingley in the LV County Championship.

Rushworth became a vital part of the Durham limited overs side, though it was not until last summer that he really came through and cemented his place in the Durham bowling line-up.

He produced his best-ever form this year, taking 38 wickets at an average of only 16.39.

Those figures ensured he finished the campaign with the third best bowling average in the country, behind Abdur Rehman of Somerset, and Durham’s 2012 Player of the Year, Graham Onions.

Rushworth’s emergence alongside Onions saw him leapfrog the likes of international duo Liam Plunkett and Steve Harmison.

Harmison ended up going out on loan to Yorkshire, though he has been awarded a benefit year at Durham on his return.

Fellow England international Plunkett barely figured for Durham, however, and eventually left the club last month, signing a three-year deal with Yorkshire, where he will link up with former Durham coach Martyn Moxon.

H Former England opener Marcus Trescothick, 36, has signed a new three-year deal with Somerset.

Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender said: “’Marcus is a fantastic captain, player and person, so we are delighted that he has agreed a new deal.

“We hope that, in the not too distant future, he will achieve his ambition of lifting the County Championship for Somerset.”