Michael Pepper signs two-year contract extension


Essex County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that top-order batter, Michael Pepper, has signed a two-year contract extension and will remain with the Club until at least the end of the 2023 season.

The 23-year-old had his most prolific season to date in 2021, featuring in 24 games across all formats. In red-ball cricket, he averaged 29.14, with his most important innings coming in the victory against Durham at Emirates Riverside, where he made his career-best first-class score of 92.

Pepper was the leading run-scorer for the Eagles in the Vitality Blast in 2021, with his highest score of 55* coming in the win against Somerset at The Cloudfm County Ground.

Upon signing his contract extension, Pepper said: “I’m really pleased to sign a new deal and commit two more years to this fantastic Club.

“I feel like 2021 was a big season for me. I managed to break into the First Team and play regular cricket, which was what I set out to do from a personal perspective.

“Next year I’ll be targeting more runs and more victories, which will hopefully lead to the side bringing some more silverware back to Chelmsford.”

Essex Cricket Chief Executive, John Stephenson, added: “Michael is a promising youngster who made a solid contribution during his first full season with the First Team.

“The coaching staff believe he has enormous potential and can be an Essex regular for years to come if he carries on developing the way he is.”