Ben Duckett signs Northamptonshire contract extension
By Theo Chikomba
Last Updated: 23/09/16 3:51pm
Ben Duckett has committed his future to Northamptonshire by signing a contract extension until the end of 2018.
The 21-year-old opening batsman has emerged as one of the hottest talents in domestic cricket, with his stunning form across all formats of the game earning him a place on England's tour of Bangladesh.
He made his breakthrough this summer when he scored more than 1,300 first-class runs - including 282 not out in the first Specsavers County Championship match against Sussex - having previously excelled for England Lions.
Duckett starred for Northamptonshire on finals day as they won the NatWest T20 Blast for the second time in four years and despite his performances having put him on the radar of other counties, he has opted to sign a new contract extension for Northants.
He said: "The opportunities that I have had at Northamptonshire have enabled me to gain invaluable game time resulting in an amazing year for me.
"I intend to make the most of playing for my country, which is a dream come true. But I'm looking forward to coming back to Wantage Road and building on Northamptonshire's success."
Northants head coach David Ripley added: "We are delighted that Ben has once again committed himself to Northamptonshire.
"It's good to end the speculation about what his next move might be, but he is loyal and appreciates the experience he has gained here.
"We are all looking forward to watching Ben progress with the England team and to winning more silverware for his club next year and beyond."