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Panesar 'delighted' to seal Northants return

Panesar says he's glad to be back at Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

Former England spinner Monty Panesar says he's "delighted" to have sealed a return to Northamptonshire.

The 33-year-old has been included in Northants' squad for this summer after offering to fund himself independently.

Panesar started his career at the county back in 2001.

Panesar poised to make Northants return

Monty Panesar Credit: Northampton CCC

Former England Spin bowler Monty Panesar is to return to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

The 33-year-old spinner was released by Essex at the end of last season after struggling for form.

He turned to Northamptonshire last year following surgery and asked for help in returning to fitness from long term friends, Barry Goudriaan, Head Physio and David Ripley, Head Coach.

It seemed unlikely that a contract was on the table as the player budget for 2016 was already confirmed.

However, Panesar has now organised his own funding and the chances of him playing for Northants are looking more likely.

Monty has worked hard at his fitness which is progressing. He joined us on our pre-season tour to Barbados where he fitted in well with the rest of the lads.

He will now have to prove himself for selection.

– David Ripley

I would be very excited to have Monty as part of the squad as his test pedigree and experience will be really helpful to the rest of the lads.

We've all had some honest conversations but he is fitting in really well. He still has to prove his worth and Graeme White is bowling very well at the moment so he still faces some challenges to get a place on a team.

– Alex Wakely, captain of NCCC

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Record-breaking Charlotte to lead team into World Cup semi final

Charlotte Edwards T20 career

Charlotte Edwards leads the England cricket team into the T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia tomorrow.

And the Cambridgeshire sportswoman does so as a record breaker.

She's become the first cricketer, male or female, to score 2,500 runs in international T-20 history.

She passed the milestone by scoring an unbeaten 77 in England's final group game against Pakistan over the Easter weekend.

That took Charlotte to 2,574 career runs, that's 400 runs more than New Zealand's Brendan McCullum who holds the record in the mens game.

Pakistan fast bowler Riaz joins Essex for T20 campaign

Wahab Riaz in action for Surrey in last year's T20 Blast. Credit: PA

Essex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz for their Natwest T20 Blast campaign this summer.

The 30-year-old will play the first seven games of the competition, before he's replaced by New Zealand international Adam Milne.

Riaz regularly bowls at speeds of 90mph and is likely to be part of Pakistan's squad to face England this summer.

"We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season.

He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

Essex all-rounder Westley agrees contract extension

Tom Westley is staying with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex all-rounder Tom Westley has signed a new contract with the club and has also been named as the new vice-captain.

The 26-year-old appeared for England Lions this winter and has played 99 First Class games for Essex.

Westley's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

“Tom has been exceptional for us over the past few seasons, and it seems the logical next step in his progression to take on the role of vice-captain.

We are delighted he has signed his new contract. He has an excellent cricket brain, and I believe he will enjoy the added responsibility."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

Essex sign New Zealand paceman Milne for T20 campaign

Adam Milne will join Essex in June. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Adam Milne for the second half of T20 Blast Group Stage campaign.

The 23-year-old has played 14 T20 internationals for his country and is known for his pace.

He will join up with the Eagles in June and will feature in seven games in total.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to join Essex and help contribute to a successful Natwest T20 Blast.

Essex is a club with such a fantastic history and I look forward to wearing the Eagles logo with pride and making an impact to help bring the T20 Blast silverware to Chelmsford."

– Adam Milne, Essex Eagles

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Essex star Bopara pens new two-year deal

Ravi Bopara has agreed a new two-year deal. Credit: PA

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.”

– Ravi Bopara, Essex

Ryan ten Doeschate extends stay with Essex

Ryan ten Doeschate Credit: PA

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.”

– Ryan ten Doeschate
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