Wednesday 22 October 2008 

New Essex Contract For Mark Pettini

Essex captain Mark Pettini has signed a two-year contract extension, taking him up to the end of the 2011 season.

The 25-year-old, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of the 2009 campaign, is delighted to have secured his long-term future with the County.

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

"I’m very pleased to finally put pen to paper on a new contract. I’ve been trying to sort this out most of the season but it was a busy summer so I’m delighted to have now secured my future with Essex.

"This contract puts a cap on a successful and very enjoyable year."

The right-handed batsman led Essex to the Friends Provident Trophy and the NatWest Pro40 Division Two title in his first full season in charge.

From a personal point of view there was steady progress with the bat, with which he was able to make a solid contribution in all forms of the game.

Pettini said: "My runs tally was better [than in 2007] so I was fairly pleased with that – particularly at the start of both the NatWest Pro40 and the Friends Provident Trophy. It’s important to look at how many games you help to win and I definitely had an effect in more games."

Pettini leaves for Australia at the end of the October, where he will divide his time between Darwin and Perth, before returning to England in the middle of January to continue his preparations for next season.

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