Wicket-keepers, Wheater & Buttleman sign new two-year deals


Essex County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that wicket-keeper batsmen, Adam Wheater and Will Buttleman have signed new contracts with the Club.

Wheater, 31, is enjoying his second spell at The Cloudfm County Ground after rejoining the Club in 2016, amassing 201 appearances across all formats.

He has had one of his most productive campaigns behind stumps with 51 dismissals, whilst also scoring 891 runs.

Chelmsford-born, Buttleman, becomes the fifth Academy graduate to commit his future to Essex this week. The 2021 season has given the 21-year-old valuable first team experience and saw him make his Eagles debut in the Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup.

Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, said: “We are lucky to have three quality keepers in our ranks, which allows us to have healthy competition for places in each format.”

“Adam is an important senior player in our squad and a good role model for Will and Michael Pepper to learn from. He’s been another one of our consistent performers this year and it’s great to have him with us for the next two years.

“Will enjoyed some time with the gloves whilst Adam was out injured this year and he performed well.

“White-ball cricket has presented us with opportunities to blood our youngsters in the first team. Will gained some valuable experience at the top of the order and next season will be another chance for him to impress us and challenge for a place in the side.”

Chief Executive, John Stephenson, added: “Adam and Will are the latest players to commit their futures and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to secure so many new contracts through to the 2023 season.

“The new season will be demanding as ever with a busy schedule of domestic and international cricket, so it’s great to give Anthony McGrath, Tom Westley and Simon Harmer the options to bring us success in 2022.”