KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Former MCC Young Cricketer and Middlesex wicket-keeper John Simpson has signed a two year extension to his contract which will keep him at Lord’s until 2013.
Simpson enjoyed a profitable 2010, scoring 876 runs in all competitions, including a maiden First Class century against Northamptonshire in April.
He also appeared for MCC in a Twenty20 fixture against Pakistan at the Home of Cricket, playing alongside legends of the game Brian Lara and Sourav Ganguly.
The 22-year-old was ever-present in Middlesex’s LV County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 campaigns.
Simpson was also asked to open the batting on a number of occasions in the First Class competition, a role he took in his stride.
Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser praised Simpson’s attitude and spoke confidently about his future at the County.
"John is a very exciting young cricketer and I am delighted he will be spending the next three seasons at the club." said the former England seamer.
"I was extremely pleased with the way John performed in his first full season as first team wicket-keeper/batsman.
"We asked a lot of John during the summer and he took on each of the challenges head on.
"Keeping wicket and opening the batting is a tough job for a seasoned cricketer but he happily accepted the responsibility and performed admirably. He will only benefit from the experiences of 2010.
"I expect him to improve and contribute even more in 2011. John works extremely hard at his game and is making real progress.
"I believe he has the potential to become an very good cricketer."
Simpson joined the YC scheme in 2008 having played for England U15s, 17s and 19s and for Lancashire at second XI level.
He quickly impressed Clive Radley, who was YC’s Coach during Simpson’s stint at the Club and was called into the Middlesex second XI early in the 2008 season.
A quick-fire innings of 64 as well as his excellent ‘keeping was enough for the county to make Lord’s his permanent home.