Danny Briggs signs new Hampshire contract

Danny Briggs

Hampshire's Danny Briggs has signed a two-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2015.

Spinner Briggs, 22, came through Hampshire's academy to become a regular first-team player and is also an England international at one-day level.

Briggs' current deal was scheduled to run out at the end of the season.

"It is great to have signed," said Briggs. "We've been successful over the last few years and hopefully that continues in years to come."

Isle of Wight-born Briggs made his first-class debut for Hampshire against Somerset in 2009 but did not become a regular until 2010.

He then took 4-93 in a vital end-of-season match against Kent at Canterbury, bowling Hampshire to victory and Division One safety. On the same ground he recorded outstanding T20 figures of 3-5 in four overs.

Briggs set a club record of 31 wickets in that T20 competition, also claiming a man-of-the-match award in the semi final, as Hampshire won the trophy on home turf.

He was rewarded with a trip to Australia with the England Performance Programme, then to the West Indies with the England Lions that winter.

He enjoyed a hugely successful campaign, bowling more than 300 overs, of which more than 75 were maidens, yielding more than 50 wickets in total.

The success continued into 2011, when Briggs was once again Hampshire's leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket - forming part of a formidable three-pronged spin attack with Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir - as well as in the Championship.

He made his full England debut in 2012 against Pakistan in the UAE, taking two wickets to help his country to a 4-0 ODI series whitewash. In so doing, he became the youngest ever Hampshire player, and the first Isle of Wight-born cricketer, to play for his country.

Since then he has made his Twenty20 International debut and can now consider himself a regular member in all England's limited-overs squads.

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