Skipper Wayne signs three-year county contract extension

Wayne Madsen has signed a three-year contract extension with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Despite interest from other counties, the 29-year-old skipper, and two-time Player of the Year, is now committed to the club until the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Madsen became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season, which brought a total of 1,239 first-class runs at 43.60, with three hundreds and eight fifties.

The inspirational captain led his side to promotion as Division Two champions in 2012 followed by three victories last season in the county’s first season back in the top flight for over a decade.

His achievements were recognised with the Cricket Writers’ Club County Championship Player of the Year accolade, while his honesty and sportsmanship was honoured with the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Elite Spirit of Cricket award. Head coach Karl Krikken said: “Wayne enjoyed a magnificent campaign and we’re delighted to have him here for the foreseeable future. As well as tremendous performances with the bat, Wayne led the side really well as we tackled Division One for the first time.”

He added: “To be the first player to 1,000 runs, plus all the other accolades, was a real bonus to Wayne and the club. Other clubs wanted him, of course they did, but it’s important to keep hold of our top players if we want to push to win trophies. I’m delighted we’ve been able to do this with Wayne.”

Wayne Madsen said: “I’m proud to have signed a new contract with Derbyshire. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my five years here so far. It’s a fantastic club with great ambition.

“We’ve taken great strides over the past couple of seasons and I believe we can continue to make progress and hopefully compete for titles on all fronts.”