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PUBLISHED: 15:32 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 24 August 2010

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Scott Newman of Surrey walks off after his dismissal during the  LV County Championship match between Surrey and Hampshire at the Brit Oval on September 12, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 12: Scott Newman of Surrey walks off after his dismissal during the LV County Championship match between Surrey and Hampshire at the Brit Oval on September 12, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

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MIDDLESEX have signed Surrey opener Scott Newman after last season s leading run-scorer Nick Compton announced his decision to quit Lord's. Compton, who hit more than 1,600 runs during the summer, turned down a new contract...

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By Ben Kosky

MIDDLESEX have signed Surrey opener Scott Newman after last season's leading run-scorer Nick Compton announced his decision to quit Lord's.

Compton, who hit more than 1,600 runs during the summer, turned down a new contract at Middlesex, citing his desire for a 'fresh start and a new challenge'.

And the county moved to lure 29-year-old Newman across the Thames as Compton's replacement, agreeing a three-year contract with him earlier this week.

The left-hander, who scored close on 7,000 first-class runs during his eight-year career at the Oval, becomes the second new arrival at Lord's this month after the signing of Sussex spinner Tom Smith.

"We're delighted that Scott has agreed to sign with Middlesex and are looking forward to him adding some invaluable experience and seniority to the top of our batting line-up," said chief executive Vinny Codrington.

"He is the type of player that would have made a huge difference for us last season. Batsmen tend to improve with age and we believe that Scott's best days are ahead of him."

Compton, who followed in the illustrious footsteps of his grandfather Denis Compton by representing Middlesex, had verbally agreed an option to leave at the end of the season with director of cricket Angus Fraser.

Compton said: "I leave on good terms with the club but feel that it is time for me to make a fresh start and set myself a new challenge in my career.

"Having the opportunity to play for Middlesex at Lord's, to follow in the footsteps of not only my grandfather but many great past players, makes me very proud and also respectful of my place in a long line of history at Middlesex.

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