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Ben Kennedy: 'Unique talent' signs new Stevenage deal

Ben Kennedy is a current Northern Ireland under-21 international. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Stevenage midfielder Ben Kennedy has signed a new contract with the club.

The 20-year-old has already made over 70 appearances for the League Two side and is believed to be on the radar of several Premier League and Championship clubs.

Kennedy's new deal will run until 2019.

Ben is a unique talent. He is a big game player and we have worked hard to develop him on and off the pitch since he came to us from Northern Ireland 4 years ago.

We are delighted he has agreed to extend his contract.

– Phil Wallace, Stevenage chairman

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Alastair Cook ruled out of County Championship opener

Alastair Cook will play no part against Lancashire. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Alastair Cook will miss the county's opening County Championship fixture against Lancashire on Friday with a hip injury.

England had made the 32-year-old available for Essex's first three Division One matches of the season.

However, he will now have to watch from the stands after having an injection to help settle down his symptoms.

Promoted Essex start their campaign against Lancashire at Chelmsford who will have England bowler James Anderson among their team.

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