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Durston to help guide youthful Derbyshire

Wes DurstonWes Durston hopes Derbyshire’s young squad will benefit from his experience after signing a new three year contract.

The 31-year-old becomes the fourth player in a week to pledge his future to the Club in the wake of securing the LV= County Championship Second Division title after Ross Whiteley, Tony Palladino and Jonathan Clare also penned three year deals.

Durston is the most seasoned player on the staff at the County Ground having made his debut for Somerset back in 2002.

He signed for Derbyshire midway through the 2010 season and has since become an indispensable member of the team in all three competitions.

He accrued a cross-tournament total of 1,367 runs last season as well as garnering 33 wickets with his wily off-spin.

Durston’s Derbyshire career in total has brought 2,256 first-class runs, at an average of 35.80, with five centuries.

He has also contributed 1,896 limited-overs runs and taken 66 wickets in all competitions during his two and a half seasons at the County Ground to date.

Durston said:  “I am over the moon to be committing the next three years of my career to Derbyshire. This is as tight-knit a squad as I’ve known throughout my career and I’m delighted to be remaining a part of it for the foreseeable future.

“We have a young and extremely talented group of players and I hope my experience can help the younger guys – and the squad as a whole - to achieve more in the years ahead.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Wes has been one of our most consistent performers across the different formats since he came to the club and securing his services for the next three years is a huge boost moving forward.

“He has the right level of experience to be able to perform in Division One next year, as well as passing on his knowledge to the younger players within the squad.”

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