Northants' Rob Newton and David Murphy sign new deals

David Murphy and Rob Newton
Murphy and Newton will now remain at the County Ground until at least 2013

Northants batsman Rob Newton and wicketkeeper David Murphy have both signed two-year contract extensions.

Newton, 21, has scored 454 runs in seven County Championship matches. Murphy has hit 164 in four innings.

Newton said: "I'm pleased that the progress I've made has been recognised. I look forward to becoming a key player for Northants over the next two years."

Murphy added: "I feel we have made good progress over the past year and I'm very happy to be a part of that."

He continued: "I've been pleased with the way I've performed for the team and I believe the team has a bright future ahead."

Murphy is a product of the Northants Academy and, for the past two seasons, has deputised for Ireland international wicket-keeper, Niall O'Brien.

Newton made his top first-class score of 113 against Middlesex in August, and also hit 80 in the defeat by Surrey in September.

Head coach David Capel said: "Both Rob and David are talented and exciting cricketers and I'm delighted they have committed their futures to Northants."

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