Nottinghamshire, who were promoted in both the County Championhip and National League in 2004, have given new contracts to four of their players to stay at Trent Bridge.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Russell Warren, allrounder Gareth Clough and seamer Andy Harris have agreed terms to keep them at Trent Bridge until the end of 2006, while the opening batsman Darren Bicknell, the elder brother of Martin Bicknell (who passed 1000 first-class wickets in 2004) has signed a one-year contract.

Mike Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, expressed his pleasure at the signings: "Everyone in our squad had a part to play in our successes this year. And I'm sure they will in 2005 as well."