Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a new two-year deal with the county.
The England international has agreed a contract that will run until the end of the 2017 season.
Bopara made his debut for Essex way back in 2002.
“I am happy to have signed a new contract. The club is making some changes with Ronnie (Irani) on board. I’ve played a lot under Ronnie, I know him very well, and I’m trusting him to get things the way we all want here at Essex.
We’re a team that should be competing and performing at a higher level than we are. I think we can achieve that with a couple of new signings and I’m confident that the club will get that right.”
Ryan ten Doeschate has extended his stay with Essex County Cricket Club.
The limited overs captain will stay with the county until 2017. During his stay at the ECG he's led the side to four consecutive quarter finals.
"I am delighted to be staying at this wonderful club. Essex gave me my chance in County Cricket, and I want more than anything to keep repaying them for their faith with a trophy and promotion.
We’ve underachieved as a group this year and we will be working even harder to improve next year.”
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Essex bowler Reece Topley has been handed his first senior international call-up.
The 21-year-old has been named in England's T20 squad to take on New Zealand next week.
He's one of five uncapped players picked by the selectors for the one-off game at Old Trafford on June 23.
Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey has also been given the nod for the first time in the shortest form of the game.
"This match against New Zealand allows us another opportunity to look at players relatively new to international cricket as we look to build a squad for the World T20 in India this winter.
The squad is made up of players who have demonstrated their ability in domestic cricket and fully deserve a chance to continue their progress against a very good New Zealand side.
We have already seen our limited overs cricket begin to move in the right direction which is exciting but we are all aware that we have plenty more to do if we are going to challenge the very best sides in the world on a regular basis.”
England T20 squad to face New Zealand:
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Essex), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
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England's new leading test run scorer Alastair Cook has been signing autographs ahead of taking part in a star-studded benefit match for his Essex teammate Ravi Bopara tonight.
The match will see Essex Eagles take on Ravi’s All Stars who will be led by Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakkara.
Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Mahela Jayawardene will also feature at the County Ground, with the proceeds going towards five charities.
Bopara made his debut for Essex in 2002, and has played for the county ever since.
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Ryder is a player who's had his fair share of dramas on and off the field.
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Essex County Cricket Club have revealed their annual accounts.
The club made a small loss of £82,000 last year, but 2015 is looking more positive after tickets for the Australia tour match in July virtually sold out.
The T20 Blast tickets also selling well.
"In financial terms, 2014 turned out to be very similar to the previous year. This is despite the team reaching two Quarter-Finals and the sterling efforts of our highly efficient and highly regarded commercial team.
In the first season of the new format for County Cricket, net ticket and hospitality income was up compared to the previous year. Again T20 matches provided the lion's share and it remains to be seen whether the Royal London One-Day Cup played in the height of summer attracts more spectators in 2015.
With the same format as 2014 continuing and with four days against the Australians, the budget for 2015 looks a little healthier."