Friday 14 November 2008 

Maunders Signs One-Year Deal At Essex

Maunders Signs One-Year Deal At Essex
Maunders Signs One-Year Deal At Essex
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Batsman John Maunders has signed a one-year contract with Essex County Cricket Club for the 2009 season.

The 27-year-old opener spent the second half of the 2008 season on an extended trial with the County, impressing in the 2nd XI before earning a call-up to the first team in the final weeks of the campaign.

Maunders averaged 43.40 in three LV County Championship matches, including one half-century and a century on his home debut - against Warwickshire at The Ford County Ground in September.

The left-hander is now with his third county, having started at Middlesex before spending five years at Leicestershire between 2003 and 2007.

Essex First-Team Coach Paul Grayson told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):

"John brings with him a sound, solid game. He performed well at the end of the season, when he was playing for a contract, which shows he can perform under pressure.

"Everyone deserves another chance and we feel John is ready to grasp his after a year out of the county game [following his release from Leicester]. John has guaranteed me he will work hard over the winter to come back as fit as he can possibly be for next season."

"I’m very comfortable with our bowling for next year," Grayson added. "Danish Kaneria is due to come back [subject to permission from the Pakistan Cricket Board] and our back-up is strong – but we struggled for batting points last season.

"As a result we are delighted to have been able to add two good players in John Maunders and Matt Walker [from Kent] who are both ready for a fresh challenge. Their arrivals will increase the competition at the top of the order – which is what we want."

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