TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD left arm seam bowler, Jack Shantry, has extended his contract with Worcestershire County Cricket Club until the end of the 2013 season and 23-year-old right arm fast bowler, Richard Jones, has signed a new two year contract until the end of the 2012 season.
Shantry is the team's third highest wicket taker this season in first class cricket with 25 wickets but has really come into his own in one day cricket. He was the leading wicket taker (18) in FPt20 matches as well as having the best bowling average (19.16) and economy rate (7.04) of the main bowlers. Only Steve Smith had a better strike rate of 16 compared to Shantry's 16.3.
Jones made a major breakthrough early this season when taking career bests 6-37 against Middlesex followed by 7-115 against Sussex. He is the team's second highest wicket taket in first class cricket with 38 wickets at 33.71.
Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, said: "Jack has made real progress this year in all formats of the game and has more than earned a new contract with us whilst Richard has developed well as a genuine quick bowler. His early season form was outstanding and he continues to learn the arts of his trade.
"Along with many of our other younger players, they have really gained from the amount of cricket they have played and both are model professionals. We look forward to them both making further progress in the years ahead."