DURHAM all-rounder Ben Stokes has completed a great fortnight by signing his first professional contract.
The two-year deal follows his selection in England’s squad for January’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
The 18-year-old from Cockermouth made his first-team debut for the Riversiders in one-day cricket this season and is highly rated by the club.
Head coach Geoff Cook explained the contract was reward for Stokes’ efforts this year.
“We set Ben a number of challenging targets for the 2009 season and he worked incredibly hard to meet them,” he said.
“The transition from academy to second XI and on to the first team can be a tough one but I have been impressed by the way he has performed.
“He’s a great young talent and I’m pleased he’s going to be part of the squad for the foreseeable future.”