Former Staffordshire CCC duo sign Warwickshire Bears deals

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Aaron Thomason in action for the Bears

Division Two champions Warwickshire Bears have secured new deals with all-rounder, Aaron Thomason (21) and wicket-keeper/batsman, Alex Mellor (27).

Thomason, who started his cricket career at Staffordshire CCC, has penned a new two year deal with the Bears which keeps him at Edgbaston until the end of the 2020 season.

Former England u19’s cricketer, Thomason has played 16 List A games for Warwickshire and 28 T20 games for Birmingham Bears, since he signed his first professional contract in the back end of 2015, and was part of the T20 team that finished runners-up on Blast Finals Day in 2017. He also won the Second XI Player of the Season at the end of season awards.

Mellor, from Stoke-on-Trent, also signed for the Bears alongside Thomason in 2015 from Staffordshire CCC through the club’s close working programme.

Mellor’s contract has been extended for the 2019 season where he will be looking to try and push for more first team opportunities after having an impressive season with the second team, where he scored 883 runs and took 29 catches as well as nine stumpings across all three cricket formats.

Warwickshire sport director Ashley Giles said:”Agreeing new contracts with Aaron and Alex is a welcome boost for the club after an excellent final week of the 2018 season.

“Aaron has been a consistent performer in white ball cricket for the last two years but we want to see him put in more match-winning contributions and, having enjoyed three seasons on the senior ranks, he can make a serious push to play in the Championship side.

“Alex is an excellent professional and has enjoyed a good season with the bat and gloves in the second team. Whilst it’s difficult to displace someone like Tim Ambrose, particularly in the red ball game, he is showing that he’s ready to step in and he has an excellent opportunity to push for a place in our white ball teams.”

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