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Essex agree cricketers' contract extensions

Essex have agreed contract extensions with seven first-team players including veterans Graham Napier and Mark Pettini, along with seam bowler Maurice Chambers. Upcoming talents Tom Westley, Tymal Mills, Ben Foakes and Jaik Mickleburgh have also put pen to paper on new deals.

Essex chief executive David East said: "Successful teams flow in cycles and we now have an amazing crop of talented youngsters maturing together.