Essex in good hands after duo pen new deals

Wicketkeeper/batsmen, Adam Wheater and Will Buttleman have put pen to paper on new deals with Essex County Cricket Club.

Wheater joined Essex in 2016 from Hampshire having previously spent a loan spell with the county. The 31-year-old has since made more than 200 appearances for the club. During the last campaign, he was responsible for 51 dismissals while also scoring 891 runs.

Highly-rated Buttleman, the latest Academy graduate to commit to Essex, appeared in Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup. Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk, Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, enthused: “We are lucky to have three quality keepers in our ranks, which allows us to have healthy competition for places in each format.

“Adam is an important senior player in our squad and a good role model for Will and Michael Pepper to learn from. He’s been another one of our consistent performers this year and it’s great to have him with us for the next two years.

“Will enjoyed some time with the gloves whilst Adam was out injured this year and he performed well.

“White-ball cricket has presented us with opportunities to blood our youngsters in the first team. Will gained some valuable experience at the top of the order and next season will be another chance for him to impress us and challenge for a place in the side.”

Meanwhile, Chief Executive, John Stephenson, added: “Adam and Will are the latest players to commit their futures and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to secure so many new contracts through to the 2023 season.

“The new season will be demanding as ever with a busy schedule of domestic and international cricket, so it’s great to give Anthony McGrath, Tom Westley and Simon Harmer the options to bring us success in 2022.”

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Brian Jeeves

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