Exciting Essex trio pen new deals

Essex County Cricket Club have been handed a huge boost with the news that Academy graduates Ben Allison, Feroze Khushi and Josh Rymell have all put pen to paper on new contracts with the Club.

Twenty-year-old batsman, Rymell will remain with the club until 2023, most notably impression in the Royal London Cup where he scored 121 against Yorkshire Vikings and averaged 55.16.

Khushi’s progression with the second XI saw the 22-year-old provided with RLC opportunities. an impressive century on his debut against Durham at the Emirates Riverside paved the way for several other first-team opportunities, scoring 234 runs at an average of 46.80 from six games.

Right arm, fast-medium, Ben Allison made eleven appearances across first-class and A-list cricket, taking ten wickets in nine RLC matches, helping Essex to the semi-final stage of the competition.

Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.com, Head Coach, Anthony McGrath enthused: “The bedrock of this Club has always been built on the talented youngsters coming through the Academy, so to have three players of this calibre commit their futures is fantastic.

“I know it was a proud moment for Josh to make his Essex debut this year and to go on and score a maiden century made it even more memorable. This experience will prove invaluable next season where I hope he can make many more contributions with the bat.”

McGrath added; “Feroze found his red-ball opportunities hard to come by this year due to the depth of talent we have in this squad but I’m looking forward to him pushing hard for his spot in the starting XI next season. The Royal London Cup provided a great opportunity for our young players, so having Josh and Feroze come into the first team and hit big hundreds was great to see.

“Ben impressed us with his Championship performances before Peter Siddle joined us at the start of the season, especially his half-century against Durham which helped us to win the match. He will be an important option for us next season and I’m looking forward to watching him compete with Sam, Jamie and Shane for a place in the side.”

Meanwhile, Chief Executive, John Stephenson said: “It’s important that Essex Members and supporters can enjoy watching Academy graduates perform in the first team, so having three talented players like Josh, Feroze and Ben sign new contracts is great to see.

“I’m looking forward to the three of them continuing to develop and making their mark at Essex, but also provide a further exemplar to others currently working their way through the age groups.”

Brian Jeeves

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