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Tim Murtagh pens new Middlesex CCC deal

PUBLISHED: 12:08 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:42 16 January 2014

Tim Murtagh of Middlesex. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Tim Murtagh of Middlesex. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

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Middlesex fast bowler Tim Murtagh has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 English domestic cricket season.

Since swapping Surrey for Middlese, Murtagh has become one of the most effective and leading pace bowlers in county cricket and, in total, the 32 year-old has taken more than 550 wickets in all forms of cricket.

In the past seven seasons of first-class cricket no English bowler has taken more wickets than Murtagh, who has claimed 410 scalps at an average of 24.77. In 2013 he was the third highest LV=CC Division One wicket-taker with 60.

Murtagh’s excellent performances for Middlesex and his Irish ancestry have been rewarded by selection for the Ireland national cricket team, who he is now a regular member of.

Middlesex managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: “It is great news for everyone at Middlesex CCC that Tim has committed his future to the club.

“Tim has been a pivotal figure in the progress Middlesex CCC has made in the past three seasons and we believe he still has plenty to offer.

“It is not only Tim’s contributions on the pitch that make him such a valuable player. He sets the right example and plays the game the right way - hard but fair - and enjoys what he does.

“Tim may not be the quickest bowler in county cricket but he is as skilful and competitive as any bowler around. He is selfless and there is not a day when he gives the team anything less than 100 per cent. For someone responsible for running a sporting team you can ask for no more.”

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