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Phillips signs Somerset extension

Somerset all-rounder Ben Phillips
Phillips' championship batting average last season was 22.56

All-rounder Ben Phillips has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at Somerset until at least the end of the 2010 campaign.

Phillips, 34, played in 10 Championship matches in 2008, scoring 203 runs and taking 21 wickets.

"This extension means my future is pledged to Somerset," Phillips said.

The 6ft 6ins-tall player joined the Cidermen two years ago after spells at Northants and Kent. He missed the whole of his first season through injury.

Phillips said that his winter preparations were going well and that he had been working hard on his fitness.

He added: "I was frustrated in my first year with injury and last season I was in and out of the side, but I am looking forward to being a regular member of the team in 2009 and helping them to win some trophies."

Ben's ability to bat at eight or nine could be very important to us

Brian Rose

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said he was pleased Phillips had signed the contract extension as he added more depth to the side's batting line-up.

"He is an important part of our plans for the next couple of seasons because, with Ian Blackwell having gone from the club, Ben's ability to bat at eight or nine could be very important to us," Rose said.

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