Seam bowler Tim Linley has signed a new two-year deal at Surrey, having proved himself one of the most underrated cricketers in the country in 2011.
Linley, 29, was Surrey’s leading bowler during their successful County Championship second division campaign last summer, taking 73 first-class wickets at an average of 18.34.
Only two bowlers took more wickets that Linley in Division Two, and he took his first ten-wicket match haul during Surrey’s win against Derbyshire at Derby in May and his best first-class figures of 6 for 57 in the victory over Leicestershire in late August which helped to propel them towards eventual promotion.
Having secured his Surrey future until the end of the 2013 season, at least, Linley said: “I had a fantastic season this year and am very happy to commit my future to the club. Winning promotion was a superb achievement for us all and I very much look forward to testing myself against Division One batting line-ups next year.
“I would also like to thank Surrey fans and members for their support throughout the year. I know how much Surrey CCC means to them all and it’s a great honour to be able to extend my career at this historic club.”
Chris Adams, the Surrey cricket manager, added: “Tim is one of the most popular players in the dressing room as well as with our fans. Everyone is delighted to see him signing up for another two years with the club.”