Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Morris Signs New Contract

Morris Signs New Contract

Charlie Morris has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes and Bowling Coach Matt Mason after signing a new contract with the Club until the end of the 2017 season.

The 20-year-old paceman has been rewarded by the County after making an impressive start to the current campaign.

Morris, who has just completed his studies at Oxford-Brookes University, has played an important role in the County's early season promotion challenge in the LV = County Championship picking up 13 wickets in the first five games and also showed great accuracy in conceding barely two runs an over.

However Morris has also impressed with a maturity, willingness to learn and determination to take his opportunity after the retirement of Alan Richardson left a place up for grabs in the starting eleven.

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: 'We are all delighted with the progress Charlie is making in all formats of the game.

"His attitude is top class and to have his bowling for the next three and a half years is a huge boost for the Club."

Morris said: "I am delighted to sign this contract and want to thank Steve Rhodes and Matt Mason for giving me the chances, without which I might not have had the opportunity to get this contract.

" They have been hugely important. I cannot thank them enough, over the past two years really since coming down and trialling at the Club, and the faith they have shown in me.

"They are always there to do extra work and support you whenever. You just need them to ask them.

"I want to show my gratitude by working hard and making the most of the next three years – and hopefully longer.

"Steve and Matt have also been fantastic in helping me combine cricket with my university work and so has Daryl Mitchell (Club Captain).”

Morris admits he never expected to start the 2014 season in the first team but is happy to have swapped the university library for playing cricket at New Road and is determined to continue to learn from the senior professionals in the dressing room to improve his game.

He said: "I'm delighted to sign the contract. I didn't expect to be playing at the start of season, not at all. The squad has been fantastic, all the bowlers worked really hard pre-season and we have performed well as a unit.

Morris added: "I'm hoping to carve out a long cricket career, that's the dream, but the only way to do that is to keep concentrating each week on training hard for the next game and making sure the preparation is solid.

"You learn so much from the senior pros in the side so you've always need to have your ears open tom pick up any advice as it can make a massive difference to you."

Morris began the season in the University side and twice dismissed England one-day player Samit Patel in the match against Nottinghamshire.

He played in the opening Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and has stayed in the four-day side ever since with his best figures to date 3-31 in the second innings against Kent.

Mason said: "Charlie just keeps running in and running in. He has got a big heart. He has been a fantastic addition to our squad.

"He has been a revelation to us all. He is a fantastic lad as he is so determined to succeed and can bowl as well."