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JOE CRACKNELL COMMITS LONG-TERM FUTURE TO MIDDLESEX

JOE CRACKNELL SIGNS LONG-TERM EXTENSION TO CONTRACT WITH MIDDLESEX

Middlesex Cricket is today delighted to announce that young right-handed batsman, Joe Cracknell, has signed a long-term extension to his contract with the Club that will see the twenty-one-year-old remain at Lord’s until at least the end of 2024.

Cracknell, who made his debut against Surrey at Lord’s in last year’s behind closed doors Vitality Blast campaign, played an important role in Middlesex’s T20 campaign earlier this summer, with some powerful, fast-scoring knocks at the top of the order, featuring in eleven of the Club’s fourteen group matches.

In only his second Blast appearance last year he hit his maiden half-century for the Club, against Kent in Canterbury, with two further fifties coming early in this year’s campaign, when he hit 77 against Hampshire, and 67 against Gloucestershire, both times at Radlett.

In fifteen T20 appearances to date, he has hit 404 runs at a strike rate of over 140 and averages just under 27.

He also featured in Middlesex’s Royal London Cup plans this summer, playing in the opening encounter against Essex in Chelmsford, before being called up as cover for the London Spirit, where he has yet to feature in the competition.

Speaking of Cracknell extending his contract with the Club, Head Coach Stuart Law, commented:

“We are delighted that Joe has chosen to commit his future to Middlesex by signing a long-term extension with the Club.

“He is an exceptional talent. An explosive batsman that takes the game on, with an attitude of wanting to dominate. He fits in well to our game plan.

“In a short space of time he has already shown us that he has an important role to play in our white-ball sides, and I am really looking forward to working closely with him and to seeing his game develop throughout this next stage of his career.”

Cracknell himself commented:

“I am absolutely chuffed to have signed a new deal with my boyhood Club.

“It’s exciting times at Middlesex, as we have such a talented group of players, and although performances haven’t shown what we’re capable of as a squad, committing to the Club means we now have the opportunity to turn it around – a challenge I know that not only myself, but everyone, is looking forward to.”

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