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Morgan, Roland-Jones, Rayner and Eskinazi extend contracts with Middlesex

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FOUR MIDDLESEX CRICKETERS EXTEND CONTRACTS WITH THE CLUB

Middlesex Cricket is today delighted to announce that Eoin Morgan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ollie Rayner and Stephen Eskinazi have all signed extensions to their contracts with the club.

Eoin Morgan, 31, made his first Middlesex appearance as a nineteen-year-old in 2005 in a List-A clash against Lancashire, before making his first-class and list-A debuts the following season. In almost 230 appearances across all formats since Morgan has amassed almost 7,500 runs for the club, hitting thirteen centuries in the process.

On signing his contract extension, Morgan commented:

"I am pleased to have extended my contract with the club that I've represented since I was a youngster.

"We've got an exceptionally talented squad here at Middlesex, with a terrific blend of youth and experience, and I'm really excited about what we can achieve as a playing group going forwards.

"My thanks go to the club for their ongoing support" 

Toby Roland-Jones, 29, made both his Test and ODI debuts for England earlier this year, impressing against South Africa, before missing out on an Ashes call-up this winter after picking up a back injury towards the end of the domestic season. He made his first-class debut for Middlesex back in 2010 and has since gone on to make 181 appearances in all formats, taking 458 wickets for the club to date.

Roland-Jones commented:

"It's been an amazing year for me personally, making both my ODI and Test debuts with England, and I'm delighted to finish the year by signing an extension to my contract with Middlesex. My thanks go to the club for all their ongoing support.

"Obviously on field performances last season were a huge disappointment for all of us in the Middlesex dressing room and I'm excited to be part of a playing group that are wholly committed to coming back stronger in 2018, competing on all fronts and challenging for honours." 

Ollie Rayner, 32, made his first-class debut for Middlesex back in 2011, having initially joined the club on-loan from Sussex, before then making a permanent move to Lord's after impressing throughout his loan spell. The off-spinner has since made a total of 158 appearances for the club in all formats, taking 230 wickets to date and an incredible 154 catches in the field.

Rayner said:

"I am excited to have extended my contract with Middlesex and am looking forward to contributing towards getting us back into Division One of the Championship - which is where we belong.

"Last year was a disappointing year for all concerned, so we're all working hard over the winter months to give ourselves every chance of competing in all formats.

"I am happy that the club have given me the opportunity to continue to play here at the Home of Cricket and I am looking forward to repaying the faith shown in me."

Stephen Eskinazi, 23, completes the trio. Eskinazi made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 2015, before very quickly cementing his place in Middlesex's Championship side, already scoring four centuries in just 25 first-class appearances. To date he has scored a total of 1,666 runs in 25 first-class and 6 T20 Blast matches.

Having signed his contract extension, Eskinazi commented:

"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed an extension at my first and only club.

"It's a massive challenge ahead for the playing group to get this great club back to the top flight and I am very excited by the opportunity to contribute to the future success of the club in all three forms."

Angus Fraser, Middlesex Cricket's Managing Director of Cricket added:

"Obviously Middlesex had a difficult season this year, but we have many fine players, and there are plenty of good things happening at the club.

"During our time in Division One we were the second-best team behind Yorkshire and I have total faith that these players will help us get back to where we all want to be.

"I look forward to working with them for the next few years."

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