Rushworth signs for Durham until 2017

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Chris Rushworth has signed a new contract extension with Durham CCC that will keep him at the county champions until 2017.

The 27-year-old seam bowler, who progressed through the club’s academy and made his first class debut in 2010, has been a model of consistency for the club.

Rushworth has picked up over 200 wickets in all three formats of the game at an average of less than 25.

The Sunderland born star said: “I’m obviously over the moon. It’s my home club, and to be given a new deal for a longer term is good as it shows the club has plenty of faith in me.

“It’s a big confidence booster and I hope that by 2017 we can win a few more titles and I can keep taking wickets.”

In recent years, Rushworth has formed a formidable new ball partnership with Graham Onions, who also signed a contract extension at Durham this season.

“It’s nice for me to be bowling at the other end to Graham and it’s great that he’s going to be here for the time that I’m here. Hopefully we can form a strong partnership for years to come.”

Head Coach Jon Lewis added “We’re delighted that Chris has signed a long term extension to his contract. He’s an integral part of the team and he has been for several years.

“His fitness has been on the up and up, so we’re as confident as we can be that he’s a bowler that’s going to play a lot of cricket going forward.

“It’s good for the club that we can plan for the future with senior players like him around.”