Hampshire duo sign contract extensions

Adam Wheater. Picture: Neil Marshall
Adam Wheater. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Adam Wheater and Liam Dawson have signed new Hampshire deals to keep them at the Ageas Bowl until the 2017 season.

Wheater, 24, joined from Essex in 2013.

He celebrated his new deal with a superb 107 against his former side in the County Championship.

Wheater said: ‘It’s really pleasing that the club see me as an important figure for the next three years.

‘Moving from Essex there was always that pressure of performing because you’re not a product of the Academy.

‘But I feel I’ve performed well and after being offered the new contract, It didn’t take me long to sign!’

All-rounder Dawson is a product of the Hampshire Academy and the 24-year old made his debut for the club in August 2007.

He said: ‘We’ve had a lot of success while I’ve been here and hopefully the core of players we have at the club can keep improving and we can continue to be successful.

‘I feel I’m turning into a genuine all-rounder in all formats of the game, so hopefully I can keep contributing with both the bat and ball for many more years to come.’

Dawson has become a key figure for Hampshire in all formats, making nearly 250 appearances for the club.

Director of cricket Giles White believes Wheater and Dawson will continue to prove important players for the club in the coming seasons.

He said: ‘It’s great news that Adam and Liam have committed to the club.

‘They are talented all-rounders that have become integral members of the team and we look forward to seeing them push on over the next few years.’