Wednesday 22 August 2007 

Middlebrook Pens New Deal At Essex

All-rounder James Middlebrook has signed a two-year contract extension with Essex to keep him at the Club until the end of the 2009 season.

The 30-year-old remains an integral member of the side at both one-day and Championship level.

His most notable achievement so far this season has been his highest first-class score of 127, made against Middlesex in the LV County Championship match at Lord’s in June.

Middlebrook has scored over 3000 first-class runs and taken 220 first-class wickets since joining Essex from Yorkshire in 2002. In addition, the off-spinner has claimed over 100 one-day victims for the Essex Eagles with his off-spin.

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

“I’m delighted to have signed a new two-year deal at Essex. I’ve already had six happy and successful years at the Club and now we are entering a new era with a new Captain and new Coach. I feel I am at the peak of my career, playing good cricket, so Essex have rewarded me with a two-year contract. Hopefully we can win some more one-day trophies and get promotion in that time.

“Over the last few years I’ve had my sights on making the (England) one-day side. People like Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara (of Essex) have already made their one-day mark for England so I need to continue to put in the hard work for Essex. I feel that I have put in the performances as a spin-bowler and have also been given a few opportunities as a pinch-hitter recently. If I can get more runs then I feel I can make myself into an all-rounder for England.”

Essex Chief Executive David East told the Essex CCC website:

“James is the last of our capped players to have confirmed their commitment to the Club. We are about to embark on a new era with a new Captain and coaching support regime and there was a very clear message coming from them that James was a very important part of the planning for the future. We are delighted that we have been able to secure his services for the next two years and I’m sure he’ll do very well for us in that time.”

© Essex CCC