HAMPSHIRE’S wicketkeeper-batsman Lewis McManus has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of the 2023 season.

The 27-year-old had another consistent campaign behind the stumps in 2021 featuring regularly for Hampshire across all competitions – and saw him take 28 catches in 11 County Championship matches this year.

The Dorset born right-hander also stood out with the bat in the shorter format and produced vital middle order runs as Hampshire reached 2021 T20 Finals Day.

His best knock came in July at the Ageas Bowl with an unbeaten 60 from just 36 balls as Hampshire beat Somerset.

And after signing the extension, McManus said: “I want to have a long career here at Hampshire and be a part of something special.

“I’m really excited about the next couple of years, on a personal level I want to make sure I’m putting in solid performances and contributing to the team to help us win trophies.”

McManus is a product of Hampshire's youth system and made his first-class debut in May 2015. He quickly became a first-team regular in 2016, with a maiden County Championship century against Surrey – as well as three further half-centuries that season – putting his potential on full show.

Injury affected his opportunities in 2017 and 2018, although he was still able to play an integral part in Hampshire’s 50-over triumph as the Club secured a first white-ball trophy in six years.

McManus continued to showcase his impressive glovework and powerful hitting in 2019 & 2020, making key contributions across all formats.

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White insisted he is pleased by the new deal, and said: “Lewis is a player who is always looking to improve his game.

“He’s a popular member of the squad with a great attitude and we’re delighted he’s extended his contract for the next two years.

“Lewis is one of a strong group who have come through our pathway system and hopefully he can be role model for our younger players.”