Trio sign contract extensions


Essex County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that Ben Allison, Will Buttleman and Aron Nijjar have all signed contract extensions with the Club.

Allison has featured heavily for the Second XI over the last few years and made his T20 debut towards the end of the 2020 campaign. The 20-year-old pace bowler has penned a two-year extension that will see him stay with the Club until the end of the 2022 campaign.

After making several First Team appearances last year, 20-year-old Buttleman was rewarded with his first professional contract, and the wicket-keeper has now put pen to paper on an extension lasting until the end of the 2021 season.

Following on from his Finals Day heroics last year, left-arm spinner Nijjar featured in 9 of the 10 Vitality Blast games in 2020. The 26-year-old was one of the Eagles’ standout bowlers, taking 8 wickets and recording new best figures of 3/22. He’s also signed an extension running until the end of the 2021 campaign.

Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, is delighted that the players have committed their future to the Club, and said: “All these lads have talent, and you can never have too many talented players in your side.

“Ben has been in and around the First Team for a few years now and is a real prospect for the future. He’s a confident young man and always wants the ball in his hand, and everybody at the Club is excited about his potential.

“Will has First Team experience and has always impressed behind the stumps. His skill set has come on a lot over the last 12 months and like with Ben, the coaches and I are keen to see how he develops over the coming years.

“Aron is a skilled and trustworthy bowler and was one of the notable players during our Vitality Blast campaign this year. He hasn’t always found game time easy to come by, but he’s always performed well when called upon, and hopefully he can push on and play more games in 2021.”