Grant Flower Signs New Deal With Essex

Essex all-rounder Grant Flower has extended his contract with the County for another year, taking him up to the end of the 2009 campaign. The 37-year-old has been rewarded for a strong finish to the current season, during which he scored crucial half-centuries in four successive one-day matches. Within those were two match-winning innings against Kent Spitfires that helped secure the Eagles the Friends Provident Trophy Final at Lord’s and the NatWest Pro40 Division Two title in a decider at Canterbury. Flower told the Essex CCC website ( “Halfway through the season I thought that would probably be it [the end of my Essex career at the finish of the year] but I’m very happy to be staying at Essex. Sussex did speak to me but I always thought that if Essex offered me something I would stay. “They are a good bunch of guys at Essex and I’ve been here for four years so at this stage in my career I wouldn’t want to move on, ideally. “There is a good spirit and winning culture at Essex and I don’t see why we can’t get better. With the young guys coming through, and new signings, in theory we should be stronger with more competition for places.” © Essex CCC