Mul­laney pens new deal while Nash steps down as Som­er­set chair­man

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Ed­win Charles

NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE all-rounder Steven Mul­laney will re­main an Out­law for a few more sum­mers yet hav­ing signed a new fouryear con­tract with the county.

Cheshire-born Mul­laney, 30, joined Notts be­fore the start of the 2010 af­ter a four-sea­son stint at Lan­cashire and has be­come a key fig­ure for the side across all for­mats. He played a vi­tal role this sea­son as Notts won the One-Day Cup, the T20 Blast and were pro­moted from Di­vi­sion Two of the Cham­pi­onship as run­ners-up to Worces­ter­shire.

He said: “The club took a bit of a punt on me at the end of the 2009 sea­son, ini­tially ask­ing me to join to im­prove their white­ball cricket.

“But, hope­fully, I have been able to re­pay the faith shown in me over the past eight sea­sons.” Trent Bridge di­rec­tor of cricket Mick Newell added: “In county cricket, Steven has be­come one of the most valu­able play­ers in the coun­try, there’s no doubt about that.

“His progress since he came here has been fan­tas­tic and he de­serves a long-term deal.” LAN­CASHIRE’S new re­cruit, the for­mer Eng­land seamer Gra­ham Onions, has in­sisted that there are plenty of wick­ets left in him.

Some eye­brows have been raised af­ter Lan­cashire signed the 35-year-old from Durham.

But Onions said: “I am on Twit­ter and you read peo­ple say­ing I am tak­ing the places of some young lads.

“But if I am good enough I will get in the side, and if they are good enough they will get in the side ahead of me.

“I want to lead the at­tack here at what is a spe­cial club, I want to open the bowl­ing, but if other play­ers are bet­ter than me they will play. It’s as sim­ple as that.” CHARLES Clark is to be Som­er­set’s new chair­man af­ter Andy Nash re­signed from the role fol­low­ing ten years at the helm.

Nash will step down at the county’s 2018 an­nual meet­ing in Jan­uary with Clark tak­ing over hav­ing spent over six years on the gen­eral com­mit­tee.

Nash said: “The credit for what the club has achieved since 2007 goes en­tirely to the play­ers, staff and vol­un­teers who have worked tire­lessly and per­formed mir­a­cles.

“I would also like to pay trib­ute to our mem­bers and sup­port­ers whose pas­sion, loy­alty and un­fail­ing good hu­mour lends so much to the club’s char­ac­ter. It has been my ab­so­lute priv­i­lege and hon­our to rep­re­sent Som­er­set County Cricket Club and to have worked with so many out­stand­ing and com­mit­ted peo­ple.

“I may be leav­ing Som­er­set but I will still be in­volved in this great game as a di­rec­tor of the ECB and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to serve in that ca­pac­ity.”

New deal: Steven Mul­laney

Still hun­gry: Gra­ham Onions

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