Thursday 24 May 2007 

McGarry Joins Injury List

Essex seamer Andrew McGarry is likely to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a hand injury on day one of the current LV County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The 25-year-old picked up the injury during his third over in the Nottinghamshire first innings when attempting to field a straight drive from batsman Mark Wagh.

Essex Physio Mark Thomas revealed today:

“Andrew McGarry sustained an impact injury to his right hand yesterday afternoon. An X-ray today has revealed a spiral displaced fracture of his 5th Metacarpal of his right-hand. This will likely require surgery and Andrew will hopefully have this performed in London in the next day or two. As a result he is unlikely to play again this season.”

McGarry rejoined Essex earlier this month on a one-season deal having previously played first-class cricket for the County from 1999-2003.

The Basildon-born cricketer was playing in his third Championship match of the season at Nottingham and his fourth first-class match of the campaign in total.

Essex announced earlier in the week that young fast bowlers Mervyn Westfield and Maurice Chambers have both suffered stress fractures that will prevent them from bowling for much of the remainder of the 2007 season.

However there is brighter news for other Essex bowlers with Darren Thomas (shoulder), Alex Tudor (abdominal strain), Jahid Ahmed (back) and Tony Palladino (abdominal strain) all expected to be pushing for first-team selection in the near future

Meanwhile, Mark Thomas issued the following update on the fitness of Essex Captain Ronnie Irani, who has missed the last two matches through injury.

Thomas said: “Ronnie is waiting for a surgeon’s report on his painful right knee.”


(Further Fitness Bulletins will appear on the Essex CCC website at www.essexcricket.org.uk when available).