County news March 8, 2011

Ireland's Wilson extends Surrey deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gary Wilson, the wicketkeeper batsman currently with Ireland at the World Cup, has extended his deal at Surrey and is now contracted until 2012.

Wilson, 25, had a productive 2010, scoring his maiden first-class and ODI centuries and averaging 43.62 in his six first-class games for Surrey.

Although Steven Davies is Surrey's first choice wicket keeper, Wilson was able to force his way into the side on the strength of his batting, justifying his selection with 125 against Leicestershire at Grace Road in late August last year.

Wilson said he is looking forward to continuing his development with Surrey: "It is brilliant to be extending my deal," he said. "I really enjoy playing for the club and feel I can make a big contribution as we continue to move the team in a positive direction. Following my performances last year, I am looking to continue scoring runs and push my case for selection at all times."

Surrey coach Chris Adams added: "Gary is a hugely popular member of the playing staff here both in the dressing room and around the club in general. I am very pleased he has extended his contract and look forward to him continuing to develop his game over the next two years."