12.10. - Cricket
Division Two champions Worcestershire have handed all-rounder Alex Hepburn a new one-year contract.
The 21-year-old spent the majority of last season with the second team where he finished the term as the leading run-scorer and top wicket-taker.
Hepburn’s form saw him promoted to the senior side for the T20 Blast and Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes believes he is fully deserving of the new contract.
Rhodes told the club’s official website: "If you ask the question 'is Alex progressing' then the answer would be 'yes' because he's put on the table some good performances in the second team this year.
"Added to that he came into the first team and got a five-wicket haul in the T20. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity to carry on his career."
The Australian-born youngster insists he is delighted to be rewarded and hopes to force his way into contention on a more regular basis next season.
Hepburn said: “It is nice to get rewarded for a good season in signing a new contract.
“For me next year becomes a big summer in terms of impressing again in the Seconds and getting more game time in the first team.
“My goals next year are to play in all three formats and hopefully prove to myself as well as Bumpy (Steve Rhodes) that I should be in that side.”