38-year-old former Zimbabwean international Grant Flower has been handed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Essex until the end of the 2010 season.
Flower, who joined Essex in 2005, played a key role in Essex's successful season in 2008, when they won both the Friends Provident Trophy and the NatWest Pro40 Division Two.
Speaking to Essex's website (www.essexcricket.org.uk), Flower said:
"It is a real pleasure to be extending my stay with Essex for another season. There is still plenty of cricket left to play this season and we need to get back to winning ways”.
Coach Paul Grayson added: “I am delighted that Grant is staying with us for another season. He consistently offers us so much in one-day cricket and also with the Second XI.
“Grant is one of the best professionals I have worked with at Essex and is a highly respected member of the squad”.
Flower played in 67 Tests and 219 One-Day Internationsl for Zimbabwe during his international career.
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