Wood commits to Hampshire

  • Last Updated: August 15 2014, 16:40 BST

Hampshire have secured the future of left-arm seamer Chris Wood on an extended deal to the end of the 2016 season.

Chris Wood: Hampshire bowler commits to county
Chris Wood: Hampshire bowler commits to county

The 24-year-old was due to become a free agent at the end of next season but Hampshire were keen to extend his current deal.

Wood, a product of the Hampshire Academy, made his county debut in 2009 and has since made more than 160 appearances.

As well as being a regular wicket-taker, Wood has often produced key runs, but his bowling has been key this season in leading Hampshire to a fifth consecutive Twenty20 Finals Day - he has weighed in with 16 wickets in the competition so far.

Wood said: "I love playing my cricket here and I’ve really enjoyed all the success we’ve had so I was delighted to be offered a new contract and it didn’t take me long to sign.

“My one-day cricket for Hampshire has been good and I need to continue doing that, but to improve in four-day cricket is a big aim for me. Every county player wants to be playing Division One County Championship cricket so hopefully I can play a part in getting us there for next season.”

Director of Cricket, Giles White said: “Chris has been limited to one-day cricket so far this season but still remains an integral part of our plans across all formats. He is an all-rounder with plenty of potential and we look forward to him playing his part over the next couple of years."

Wood becomes the fourth Hampshire player to commit his future to the county this season with Michael Carberry, Adam Wheater and Liam Dawson having previously signed new deals.