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Mark Butcher extends Surrey stay

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 22:52 IST

Surrey captain Mark Butcher has agreed a one-year extension to his contract, which will keep him at The Oval until at least the end of the 2008 season, the English county club announced on Monday.

The former England batsman led the side to promotion back to the First Division of the County Championship at the first attempt last season, averaging 59.08 with the bat in the process.

"Securing Mark's services until the end of 2008 is great news for the club," said Surrey cricket manager Alan Butcher, Mark's father and himself an ex-England batsman.

"Having his leadership is a huge bonus as he is very well respected by all of the squad, not to mention his invaluable contributions with the bat."

Opening batsman Richard Clinton, all-rounder Stewart Walters and young quicks Neil Saker and Jade Dernbach, have also agreed new deals, keeping them at the London-based club until 2008.