Hick goes on and on

Graeme Hick has agreed a new one-year contract with Worcestershire which will keep him at the county until the end of 2008 by which time he will be 42.

Hick, who made his debut for Worcestershire in 1985, shows no sign of slowing down and he has been in good form this summer, scoring 574 runs at 41.00 with two hundreds. He is also on song in limited-overs matches, with 466 runs at 77.66 and he also impressed in Twenty20 matches with 193 runs at 32.16.

"Graeme is in some of the best form of his life and is clearly fit enough to continue playing," Martyn Price, the county chairman, said. "Most importantly he wants to carry on for at least another year and wants to play for Worcestershire. During what has been a difficult few weeks for the club, we can start concentrating on what really matters and that is our cricket. It couldn't be better news for everybody involved."

"I'm really enjoying my cricket this year and still feel as fit as ever," Hick said. "Playing cricket is what I love doing and my enthusiasm for the game remains. I also believe we are close to having a very good team and I certainly want to be part of it when we start winning a few titles."