Masters and Napier pen new Essex deals

David Masters

David Masters - Credit: Su Anderson

David Masters and Graham Napier have signed new one-year contracts with Essex, extending their stays until the end of the 2016 season.

Masters signed for Essex in 2008, and has since gone on to become the leader of the bowling attack.

Up to the end of 2014, he had taken 376 First-Class wickets for the county, at an average of 21.27.

Napier has spent his entire career with his home county, and forged a reputation as an excellent lower-order batsman and opening bowler.

He has a top score of 196, and has taken 397 wickets for the county.

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Head Coach Paul Grayson commented, “I am delighted that both Dave and Graham have signed new deals. Both are top class professionals, who give their all for this Club.”

“They are excellent role models on and off the pitch for our young players, and I am looking forward to working with the pair of them for at least another two years.”

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Napier commented, “I am delighted to have signed for another year, having spent my entire career with the Club. It gives me great pride every time I play for the County. I want to continue to contribute to the side, and hopefully help us to success over the coming years.”

Masters said, “I’m over the moon to be doing another year at my age! I still feel I’ve got plenty to offer, both on the pitch and helping the youngsters. I feel I’m still contributing in all formats, and hopefully we can win some trophies to end my career on a high.”

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