26-year-old batsman Mark Pettini has signed a contract extension with Essex that will see him remain an Eagles player until the end of the 2012 season.
Pettini made his debut for Essex in 2001 and captained the team from 2007 until earlier this year, when wicket-keeper James Foster took over.
"I am obviously delighted to have signed an extension with the club," Pettini told www.essexcricket.org.uk.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with Essex and the success that we have all achieved. I look forward to the next two years, we have a very strong dressing room and we are confident that we can achieve even more success in the coming seasons."
Pettini, a former England Under-19 international, was named in England's 30-man provisional squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 but was not named in the final 15-man squad.
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