Hall eager to remain at Worcestershire

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Andrew Hall, man of the match in Worcestershire's Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy semi-final victory, wants to stay at New Road next season.

Hall, a member of South Africa's Test squad, was released to play for Worcestershire in Saturday's semi-final with Lancashire, during which he bowled a double-wicket maiden in the last over to secure a six-run win. He has already been cleared by the Proteas to play in the final against Gloucestershire at Lord's on 30 August but is keen to extend his stay with the county into the 2004 season.

"I am hoping to get the future tied up soon. We've not had serious discussions yet but we are in the beginning stages," Hall said. "Hopefully everything will come off towards the end of the month and then we will know for certain where I stand.

"I think they are in a situation where they are waiting to find out exactly what is happening with their finances. But I'm keen to come back. I've had a tremendous time here."

Hall was a member of South Africa's one-day side in the NatWest Series but his form for the county meant he was called into the Test squad and he took five wickets in the innings victory at Lord's last weekend.