Hampshire Cricket are thrilled to announce that Jimmy Adams, Chris Wood, Fidel Edwards and Brad Taylor have all signed new contract extensions with the Club.
All four players have committed to deals that will see them remain at the Ageas Bowl until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Adams has put pen-to-paper on a new contract which will see the left-hander enter his 17th campaign for Hampshire next year.
The 37-year-old made his debut for the Club in 2002 and he has since made over 461 appearances for Hampshire. In that time, the left-handed batsman has racked up over 19,000 runs with an impressive 27 hundreds and 108 fifties to his name.
This season, he moved beyond 13,000 first-class runs for the Club whilst notching two centuries for Hampshire in the County Championship.
I’m delighted to sign another extension here at Hampshire. I grew up watching Hampshire and have played here for a long time so to still be part of the group is great.Jimmy Adams
As a group, we felt like we made some good strides this year and did a lot right so to be involved for another season is great – hopefully I can perform well myself but also help aid some of the younger guys too.
Known for his fiery spells with the ball, Edwards will return to the Ageas Bowl for his fourth year with Hampshire in 2018.
The right-arm fast-bowler impressed in his opening campaign for the Club back in 2015, claiming 45 first-class wickets in eight matches at an average of just 20.80, including a stunning 10-wicket haul against Nottinghamshire in the last fixture of the season to help Hampshire complete the ‘Great Escape’.
Despite suffering a season-ending injury early on in the 2016 campaign, as well minor injuries to begin 2017, Edwards came into his own in the season’s latter stages as the paceman once again demonstrated his value to the side, taking an excellent 33 wickets at an average of just 24.06 in the 2017 County Championship.
I’m very pleased to be extending my stay at Hampshire as the club is like a second home for me now.Fidel Edwards
I felt like I was getting back to my best form at the end of this season so hopefully I can start off in 2018 where I left this year and contribute to a few wins.
Left-armer Wood has also been awarded a new deal, extending his tenure with the club for at least another season. The skilled seamer, who is a product of the Hampshire Academy, made his Hampshire debut in April 2009 and has since made over 200 appearances for the Club.
Wood has proved to be a particularly prominent performer for the Club in white-ball cricket, and he was a key contributor in Hampshire’s two limited-over triumphs in 2012.
The 27-year-old has made a total of 95 appearances for Hampshire in Twenty20 cricket averaging just 27.60 with the ball in that time, whilst a bowling average of just 25.97 in List A cricket shows his value he offers to the side in the 50-over competition.
The club have showed real faith in me these last few years given the injuries I’ve had, so I’m delighted they’ve put faith in me again for another year– I’m looking forward to hopefully repaying the favour heading into next season.Chris Wood
I feel I’ve come to an end of a difficult period and I was really beginning to hit my straps towards the end of last season – hopefully I can build on that with a full pre-season and kick on into next summer and for the rest of my career.
All-rounder Taylor, another Academy product who has moved through the Hampshire ranks to be a part of the senior first-team squad, is the latest to commit his future to the Club.
His consistent off-spin, combined with his ability to contribute with the bat lower down the order, has seen Taylor become an integral part of the Hampshire Second XI in recent years, whilst also making a handful of first-team appearances – the most recent coming in Hampshire’s four-day fixture against Lancashire in June.
During his time with the Club so far, Taylor has also represented and captained England’s U19 side; the 20-year-old is also currently playing overseas in Wellington as part of the ECB Player Pathway Programme.
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