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New Durham deal for Rushworth

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth has signed a new deal that keeps him at the club until the end of the 2014 season.

The Sunderland-born 26-year-old came through the academy and signed his first full professional contract in 2010, making his first class debut against Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship at Headingley soon after.

Rushworth quickly became a vital part of the limited overs side, though it this summer when he really came through and cemented his place in the Durham attack.

His best season saw him take 38 wickets at an average of only 16.39, the third best bowling average in the country behind Abdur Rehman of Somerset and Durham's 2012 Player of the Year Graham Onions.

"I'm delighted to sign a new contract extension with Durham," said Rushworth.

"2012 was a tough season for the club but on a personal level I was delighted to take 38 Championship wickets, and felt for the first time I'd really established myself in the first team.

"I'm hoping to push on to the next level in 2013, a huge year for the club and hopefully we can perform to the levels we know we can and bring some silverware back to Emirates Durham."