County news November 15, 2010

Ali Brown extends Nottinghamshire deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nottinghamshire batsman Ali Brown extended his contract with the club for another year after helping bring the Championship to Trent Bridge in the 2010 season. The 40-year-old Brown has held off retirement for after a productive season where he scored 805 Championship runs at 37.52, alongside 337 runs in the Friends Provident t20.

"Last season was very enjoyable for the team and for me personally and winning the championship was an achievement that we're all immensely proud of," said Brown.

"My thinking at this moment in time is that this will be my final contract but it is hard to walk away from a club that is challenging for honours. There are some talented young batsmen here who are beginning to make inroads and I hope that they can grasp their opportunities and force their way into the side."

Brown's 134 in the win over Durham at Trent Bridge in May was his personal highlight of Nottinghamshire's Championship campaign and Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell feels his experience, allied to his runs, makes him an important member of the squad.

"Ali was a key player for us last season and he has a positive impact on the field and in the dressing room," said Newell. "We know that there will be changes to our batting unit when Ali and Mark Wagh retire but it's to our advantage that they are in the squad alongside young players who have the potential to succeed them.

"Steven Mullaney has the potential to develop into a number six batsman in four day cricket and the likes of Akhil Patel and Scott Elstone have continued to improve."