Newton and Murphy extend Northants contracts

Northamptonshire have retained the services of batsman Rob Newton and reserve wicketkeeper David Murphy on two-year contract extensions.

Newton, who made his debut in 2010, had to wait patiently for his chance in the County Championship last season but he made the most of his opportunity when it came by making 454 runs in seven matches, including a century against Middlesex in the draw at Northampton in August.

“I’m pleased that the progress I’ve made has been recognised,” Newton said. “I look forward to becoming a key player for Northants over the next two years. I’m delighted to have signed on and I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career.”

Norfolk-raised Newton has progressed through Northamptonshire’s academy on to the professional staff at Wantage Road.

Murphy joined Northamptonshire in 2009 while he was a student at Loughborough University and proved a capable deputy for Ireland international Niall O’Brien last season.

The 22-year-old wicketkeeper averaged 54 in the four County Championship matches he played while O’Brien was either injured or away on international duty.

“Both Rob and David are talented and exciting cricketers and I’m delighted they have committed their futures to Northamptonshire,” said Northants head coach David Capel.

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