Wednesday 17 October 2007 

Maurice Chambers Signs New Essex Deal

Fast bowler Maurice Chambers has signed a one-year contract extension with Essex, taking him up to the end of the 2009 season.

The 20-year-old, who was already contracted until 2008, is the latest squad member to commit himself to the Club for the foreseeable future.

Jamaican-born Chambers received his British Citizenship in July and is continuing his rehabilitation from a lumbar spine stress fracture which meant he was unable to feature in the first-team last season.

As a sign of his progress, the former Essex Academy player will be a part of the ECB’s fast-bowling skills set at the National Cricket Centre in Loughborough for the second winter running.

Chambers told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):

“Last season was really frustrating for me because of my injury but I’m already looking forward to next season. It’s going to be a crucial year for me because I will need to perform at my best.

“When I start the skills-set at Loughborough on Monday (October 22) I will be taking it gently but hope to be bowling flat out again by the time of Essex’s pre-season tour to Dubai in March.

“By the end of this new contract I aim to have done enough to be considered for the England ‘A’ team and also to get my county cap.”

Essex Chief Executive David East told the Essex CCC website:

“Maurice has had a frustrating season but we are sure that he is a player of great promise and talent. We fully expect him to be making a challenge for a regular first-team place in 2008 and, with his abilities, higher honours are a genuine possibility in the next year or so.”

© Essex CCC