Durston puts pen to paper

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WES Durston has signed a new two-year contract with Derbyshire.

The 30-year-old batting all-rounder has been a consistent performer since joining the Falcons midway through the 2010 campaign.

Durston’s professional career has been resurrected at the County Ground following a string of impressive performances for the Unicorns during the 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

A sensational 117 from 68 balls against Sussex at Arundel Castle grabbed the headlines and just three weeks later Durston was scoring 111 from 59 balls for Derbyshire in a Twenty20 match against Nottinghamshire.

The former Somerset man has become a fixture in the Derbyshire team in 2011, scoring 1,403 runs.

Durston has scored 693 first-class runs at 36.47 as well as sustaining an average of marginally below 50 in List A limited overs cricket.

An exceptional fielder and handy right-arm off-spinner into the bargain, Durston’s 3-7 in last night’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Worcestershire took his tally for the season to 17 wickets.

Durston said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded another two years and excited to be a part of Derbyshire’s future. The club is assembling a talented young side and backing it to succeed and I buy into that philosophy 100 per cent.”

“Hopefully I can keep scoring runs and also help some of the younger players along by sharing my experience with them.

“Clearly I’m very grateful to Derbyshire for handing me the opportunity of resurrecting my professional career and I’ve been pleased to be able to reward them with some decent performances.”

Head coach Karl Krikken said: “Wes is a talented three dimensional cricketer and I’m delighted he has signed on for another two years.

“Maintaining a consistent level of performance in all three competitions is the benchmark for a professional cricketer and Wes had done that in 2011. That’s why he has scored such a high volume of runs.

“His form in the 40 over competition has been particularly sparkling and Wes is a fine example to our young batsmen of how to build, pace and execute a one day innings.”

Chairman Chris Grant said: “This is an important signing for the Club because Wes has the vibrancy, natural talent and flair to fit into our young side whilst also adding an experienced head to the camp.

“He was prepared to earn his second crack at professional cricket the hard way with the Unicorns and this two year contract is deserved reward for what he has achieved during the past two seasons.”