County news November 5, 2009

Phil Mustard extends Durham contract

Cricinfo staff

Phil Mustard has signed a one-year contract extension with Durham which will keep him at the county until 2012.

Mustard has played a central role in the county's success over the last three years which have included the Friends Provident Trophy followed by back-to-back County Championship titles.

"It's been fantastic to be a part of Durham's success over the past few seasons and I wanted to demonstrate my commitment to the club for the coming years by signing on the dotted line for an extra year," he said. "I've developed a lot over the last season and I feel that my contribution to the side is only going to improve."

Head coach Geoff Cook added: "Phil has matured a great deal over the season, not only with his keeping but as a batsman. He has taken on the responsibility of opening the batting in the one day competition and Twenty20 Cup and delivered some superb results. He is undoubtedly an excellent asset behind the stumps as well as a great character to have in the dressing room."