Loyal Dimi signs up for two more years

Dimi Mascarenhas lifts the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009. Picture: Robin Jones
Dimi Mascarenhas lifts the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009. Picture: Robin Jones
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Dimi Mascarenhas has signed a two-year contract extension with Hampshire.

The 34-year-old all-rounder, who joined the club in 1996, battled back to fitness last season after a career-threatening Achilles injury and has been rewarded with a new deal.

The former England man has built a reputation as one of the top t20 players in the domestic game and will captain the side for this year’s Friends Life t20 competition, while Jimmy Adams will skipper the team in other forms of the game.

Mascarenhas said: ‘I’ve been here since 1996, so I didn’t want to go anywhere.

‘There was just a little bit of uncertainty about the injury and how that was going to hold up.

‘But the club has shown faith and I’ve got through, so they’ve rewarded me with another two-year deal and I’m very happy.’

With Hampshire relegated from County Championship division one last term, Mascarenhas is one of the few remaining experienced campaigners on the staff.

And he will play a vital role after the club’s decision to trust in youth as they bid to bounce straight back at the first attempt.

Rose Bowl chairman Rod Bransgrove said: ‘Dimi has endured some trying injuries but has always given 100 per cent and is now returning to full fitness.

‘As far as I am concerned, Dimi is symbolic of all that is good about Hampshire Cricket.

‘And I am sure he will continue to impress with both bat and ball for at least another two seasons.’