Pepper pens new Essex deal

Essex County Cricket Club have been handed a huge boost with the news that Michael Pepper has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The top-order batter will now remain at Chelmsford at least until the conclusion of the 2023 season having produced notable performances in all forms of the game.

The 23-year-old hit a first-class career-best 92 for Essex during their County Championship victory over Durham at Emirates Riverside and averaged 29.14 in the red-ball game.

A Vitality Blast victory over Somerset at the Cloudfm County Ground saw him score an unbeaten 55. Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk, Pepper enthused: “I’m really pleased to sign a new deal and commit two more years to this fantastic Club.

“I feel like 2021 was a big season for me. I managed to break into the First Team and play regular cricket, which was what I set out to do from a personal perspective.

“Next year I’ll be targeting more runs and more victories, which will hopefully lead to the side bringing some more silverware back to Chelmsford.”

Meanwhile, Essex Cricket Chief Executive, John Stephenson, added: “Michael is a promising youngster who made a solid contribution during his first full season with the First Team.

“The coaching staff believe he has enormous potential and can be an Essex regular for years to come if he carries on developing the way he is.”

Brian Jeeves

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