OPENER Jake Libby has signed a new four-year deal to remain at Worcestershire until the end of the 2027 season.

Libby has spent five years with The Pears at New Road and he will now extend that relationship to nine years in total following the conclusion of this new contract.

The 31-year-old signed from Nottinghamshire in 2019 and has gone on to be a cornerstone of Worcestershire’s batting line-up, amassing more first-class runs than any other player in the country – a staggering 3,414.

His exceptional form includes a personal best of 1153 runs last season, averaging 57.65, with four centuries and five fifties.

Libby expressed his delight in continuing with Worcestershire, citing the club’s potential for Division One success and his role in captaining the 50 over side as key motivators: "We’ve got a great squad, and I’m excited about the challenges of next season and beyond.

"There’s no reason why we can’t compete for, and win, trophies – that’s what excites me the most."

Since the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Libby has averaged over 50, demonstrating his leadership and consistency. He emphasised his role as a senior player and his commitment to supporting Captain Brett D’Oliveira in steering the team to new heights.

Worcestershire CEO, Ashley Giles, echoed Libby’s enthusiasm: "Securing Jake for another four years is fantastic for the club. His consistency and leadership have been instrumental in our recent successes, and he will undoubtedly be a key figure in our pursuit of Division One triumphs."