Essex duo sign contract extensions

Essexd bowler Reece Topley, who has signed a contract extension with the county

Essexd bowler Reece Topley, who has signed a contract extension with the county - Credit: Andrew Partridge

ESSEX duo Tom Craddock and Reece Topley have both signed new two-year extensions to their contracts which will keep them at The Essex County Ground until the end of the 2014 season.

Essex bowler Tom Craddock, who has signed a contract extension with the county

Essex bowler Tom Craddock, who has signed a contract extension with the county - Credit: Andrew Partridge

Topley, 19, has come through the Academy ranks at Essex and made his first-team debut in 2010. He has since progressed through the England Development Programme and was a member of the England Lions squad during their recent tour of Australia.

Essex head coach Paul Grayson said: “Reece is one of the most exciting young bowlers in the country and had a great season in 2012, especially in the Friends Life t20 competition.

“He is a dedicated and hard-working player who will hopefully go on to take many wickets for the club in the years to come.”

Leg-spin specialist bowler Craddock has also secured an extension with the club, who he joined in 2011.


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Craddock has so far played 23 matches for Essex and Grayson sees the 2013 season as an important year for the Yorkshire-born player.

Grayson said: “Tom is another young player coming from a crop of talent at the club and is improving all the time. Last summer was frustrating for him with the weather but after a successful winter in Melbourne with Bryce McGain, I am hoping he has a good season ahead of him.”

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The news comes just three days after the announcement that Essex have secured Australian fast-bowler Shaun Tait for this summer’s Friends Life t20 competition and that Adam Wheater has left the county to further his career as a wicket-keeper at Hampshire.

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