Schofield goes, Spriegel and Jordan stay

Matthew Spriegel and Chris Jordan have signed new one-year contracts with Surrey, extending their stays with the club until the end of 2012. Leg-spinning former England all-rounder Chris Schofield, however, has been released after six seasons with the club.

Spriegel was one of Surrey’s top performers during their successful Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign. Playing in every game of the competition the talented all-rounder struck 424 runs at an average of 53 and also took eleven wickets.

The 24-year-old, who has also recorded three first-class centuries, will be hoping to break into the four-day side as Surrey take on the challenge of Division One of the LV= County Championship next season.

Speaking to Surrey TV about extending his stay with Surrey, Spriegel said: “I’m delighted, I’ve played for Surrey since I was nine so to have another year on the Surrey books and to try to break into that four-day side is really nice.”

Jordan fought his way back into the Surrey first team for the final four games of the Championship season, helping Surrey secure promotion to the first division.

The 22-year-old all-rounder produced a match-winning display in the penultimate game of the season against Essex, scoring half-centuries in both innings and taking 4 for 57 on the final morning to lead Surrey to a vital win.

After suffering a serious back injury in 2010, Barbados-born Jordan is pleased to have recaptured something like his best form right at the end of the 2011 summer. He said: “I’m very happy to have signed that contract and I’m just looking forward to next season now. It was nice to be back in a good place and contribute to a winning cause.”

On Schofield’s release, Surrey manager Chris Adams said: “Chris has made a significant contribution during his time at the club and was a vital member of our victorious CB40 campaign last season.

“I have really enjoyed working with him and he has been a very popular member of the dressing room. He can be very proud of his achievements at Surrey and we wish him the best for the rest of his career.”

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