Thursday 1 November 2007 

Westfield Pens New Deal With Essex

Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has signed a new two-year contract up to the end of the 2009 season.

The 19-year-old is continuing his rehabilitation after missing much of the 2007 campaign following surgery on a lumbar spine stress fracture.

Despite his injury, Westfield has been selected in the ECB Skills Set for fast bowlers at the National Cricket Centre in Loughborough over the winter.

After making his first-class debut in 2005, the England Under-19 international has so far made five first-class appearances with a best bowling of 4-72 against Somerset at Garon Park in 2006.

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

“With my injury I was worried that I might not get offered another contract so this has given me confidence in myself and shows that Essex have confidence in me.

“I’ve just started to bowl off a few steps at Loughborough so my main aim at the moment is to be bowling at full pace again by the time of our pre-season tour to Dubai (next March).

“From there I want to start making inroads into the first team at Essex so that by the end of this contract I will have earned my first team cap – that’s my big aim and would be a big achievement.”

Essex Chief Executive David East told the Essex CCC website:

“Mervyn has had a very difficult year and such a serious injury can put considerable doubts in a player’s mind. We are totally committed to Mervyn and are sure that this extension to his agreement will give him the confidence to move forward in his career. We have high hopes, as I know he does.”

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