Warwickshire reward Carter’s service with benefit

Warwickshire have awarded Neil Carter a benefit next year after a decade of service to his adopted county.

The 36-year-old English-qualified South African was signed by Warwickshire 11 years ago after he was spotted playing for Boland by former county batsman Andy Moles.

Carter was a member of the Warwickshire side that won the County Championship in 2004 and was awarded his county cap the following year.

The crowning moment of Carter’s career came last year when he was voted the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Year as reward for his consistency in all forms of cricket.

But Carter’s availability last season was restricted by a pelvic injury which ended his record of having played appeared in every Warwickshire Twenty20 Cup match since the competition began in 2003.

Carter is under contract for next season when, under the terms of a deal he agreed last year, he will be contracted only for one-day cricket but will be paid an additional match fee if he appears in the County Championship.

Carter, who played for Middlesex in the 2008 Stanford Series in the Caribbean on a short-term loan deal, also played in Warwickshire’s 2002 Benson and Hedges Cup-winning side and their Clydesdale Bank 40-winning squad last year.

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