Helm vows to re­pay his county

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM’S Tom Helm is de­ter­mined to re­pay the faith Mid­dle­sex have shown in him after the county cham­pi­ons ex­tended his con­tract un­til at least the end of the 2019 sea­son.

The 22-year-old made an im­pres­sive first-class de­but for Mid­dle­sex against York­shire at Head­in­g­ley as a 19-year-old in Septem­ber 2013, when he claimed match fig­ures of 5-78. In­juries since have re­stricted him to just seven fur­ther first-class out­ings, six List-A and one T20 ap­pear­ance for the county.

Helm will be spend­ing the win­ter with Eng­land Lions and is de­ter­mined to put his in­jury prob­lems be­hind him.

“I am thrilled to have ex­tended my con­tract with Mid­dle­sex and am re­ally look­ing for­ward to spend­ing the next few years of my ca­reer here at Lord’s,” said Helm.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to An­gus [Fraser, Mid­dle­sex man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of cricket] and the rest of the man­age­ment at Mid­dle­sex for con­tin­u­ing to show faith in me and for sup­port­ing me through what has been a dif­fi­cult and frus­trat­ing cou­ple of years spent largely on the side­lines.

“I’m feel­ing fit and strong now and am ex­cited about the prospect of a win­ter ahead with the Eng­land Lions be­fore re­turn­ing to Mid­dle­sex in pre-sea­son, when I can set about re­pay­ing the be­lief they’ve shown in me.”

Fraser be­lieves the pace­man has a big fu­ture. He said: “Tom has had no luck with in­juries in the past cou­ple of sea­sons but he re­mains one of the most ex­cit­ing young crick­eters in the coun­try. This is why we will con­tinue to sup­port him. In the lim­ited cricket he has played, we have seen just what he can pro­duce and, ob­vi­ously, the Eng­land Lions man­age­ment also wit­nessed it dur­ing the train­ing camp in the UAE Tom was at be­fore Christ­mas, hence his se­lec­tion for the Lions tour of Sri Lanka.

“All Tom needs is an in­jury-free pe­riod. When he gets this, his ca­reer will move for­ward very quickly. We all hope that pe­riod is 2017 – he de­serves it to be.”

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Stay­ing on: Tom Helm.

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