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Five Hampshire cricketers sign contract extensions

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Five Hampshire players have signed contract extensions at the club.

Academy products Danny Briggs, James Vince and Chris Wood have all agreed contracts that will keep them at the Rose Bowl until 2013.

Also joining them are bowlers David Balcombe and James Tomlinson, who signed deals until 2012.

Spin bowler Imran Tahir, who was at Warwickshire last season, will return to the Rose Bowl in 2011, Hampshire have confirmed.

"I'm really pleased that this group of players have committed to Hampshire," said Hampshire manager Giles White.

"They are all highly valued members of the squad and have the potential to play a big part in shaping the team's success over the coming seasons."

White went on to praise youngsters Briggs, Vince and Wood, adding: "They are products of the academy and we know them well. We believe it's a good environment for them to develop further.

"It's always nice when players have come through the youth system and commit their loyalty to the club. They have worked hard at their cricket and are clear with where they are going in their careers, and we will try to support them along the way," he told BBC Radio Solent.

It was a sensational year with Warwickshire and I enjoyed my time there, but it was always part of the plan to return to The Rose Bowl for 2011

Imran Tahir

Tahir, who signed for Hampshire in 2008, taking nearly 100 first-class wickets in his first two seasons, told the club website: "I'm obviously very pleased to be returning to Hampshire. It was a sensational year with Warwickshire and I enjoyed my time there, but it was always part of the plan to return to The Rose Bowl for 2011.

"Between us we will have two one-day titles in the dressing room, and hopefully we will continue to be successful. I will put all my effort into taking wickets and pray we all stay fit."



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