Mark Ramprakash signs new contract with Surrey until end of 2012 season
SURREY legend Mark Ramprakash has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Kia Oval until the end of the 2012 season.
Ramprakash, who will be 43 by the time the deal expires, has scored 15,030 first-class runs for the Lions at an average of 74.40 with 60 centuries.
STILL NOT OUT: Ramprakash will be staying at Surrey beyond the end of this season after signing a new deal
Although he is currently rehabilitating from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered while playing football in November, Ramprakash has retained excellent fitness levels throughout his long and distinguished career and expects to return to action by the end of May.
During the 2008 season, Ramprakash became just the 25th person to achieve the incredible feat of scoring one hundred first-class centuries, notching 106 not out against Yorkshire at Headingley.
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Since then, he has shown no let up in his appetite for runs, recording a further 13 hundreds. This tally puts him just one below the great Sir Vivian Richards and he only requires five more to surpass Sir Donald Bradman.
Ramprakash said: "I am still enjoying my cricket, maintaining my fitness and am still able to score runs for Surrey, so extending my contract was a very simple decision for me.
"Under Chris Adams and Rory Hamilton-Brown, Surrey has a very exciting young side who I feel have the capability to win trophies over the next two years.
"Helping them achieve their potential will be both enjoyable and rewarding and I look forward to playing my full part over the next two years at the Oval."
Surrey professional cricket manager Chris Adams added: "Mark Ramprakash is the finest domestic batsman of his generation and still has a huge amount to offer Surrey County Cricket Club.
"To have a man with his ability, experience and energy in your dressing room is simply something that cannot be bought and I look forward to continue working with him for the next two seasons."
Back up wicket-keeper Gary Wilson, currently away with Ireland at the World Cup, has also signed an extension to stay at the Oval until 2012.