Northants Cricket is delighted to announce that all-rounder David Willey has signed a new three year contact with the club.
The Northampton-born youngster has enjoyed a superb 2013 season with bat and ball and his recent heroics in the Friends Life t20 final helped the Steelbacks to their first silverware in 21 years.
In 2013, the Left-arm seamer has taken 43 Championship wickets at an average on 25, 9 wickets at 28.1 in the Yorkshire Bank 40, and 21 wickets at an average of 13 - including 4-9 in the final - in the club’s successful Friends Life t20 campaign.
The 23-year-old also impressed with bat in hand, scoring 198 runs at an average of 33 in the Friends Life t20, 246 runs including a career best 167 in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and 308 runs at 25.7 in the LV= County Championship to highlight his all-round skills.
David was recently named as the Northants Cricket Supporters Club’s Player of the Year for the 2nd successive year, when he was also named as the 2012 Players Player of the Year in the LV= County Championship, Young Player of the Year and Media player of the Year.
David Willey said after signing, “I’m happy to have signed a new three year contract with Northants as the club have made huge improvements in the last 12 months and I hope these continue. I’m a local lad and want Northants Cricket to be a successful club and hope to be an important part of the club’s success over the next three years.”
Head Coach David Ripley said, “ David is a dynamic player and someone who could add something to any County in the Country. He’s a Northampton lad who I’ve known since he was nine years old so I am delighted he will be with us for at least the next three years as we continue to look for improvement as a squad.”
Chief Executive David Smith said, “I am delighted David has committed the next three years to Northants cricket. He has been instrumental in the improvement in our cricket this summer including our first t20 trophy win in August.
David has progressed throughout the County age group and Academy squads and it’s very important that we retain our very best players at the cricket club.”