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10th December 2009

Stokes signs two year contract

Stokes, 18, joined the Durham Academy in 2007 and made his Second XI debut in the same year where he took a career best 4-19 against Leicestershire.  In 2009 Ben averaged 37 in the Second XI Championship as well as making his first appearance for the senior squad in the Friends Provident Trophy against Surrey at The Oval and went on to feature in the 40 over competition later in the season.  

On signing his contract Ben Stokes said, “It’s been an exciting few weeks for me and I’m really happy to have signed my first professional contract.  It’s great to be involved with such a successful club and it’s been a real benefit to have a varied group of players around me who I can go to for advice.  I can’t wait for the 2010 season to start!” 

Durham CCC Head Coach, Geoff Cook, said: “We set Ben a number of challenging targets for the 2009 season and he worked incredibly hard to meet them.   The transition from Academy to second XI and on to the first team can be a tough one but I have been impressed by the way he has performed.  He’s a great young talent and I’m pleased that he’s going to be part of the squad for the foreseeable future.”