Paul Walter signs new two-year contract extension


Paul Walter has committed his future to Essex County Cricket Club by signing a new two-year contract extension.

The Billericay-born 28-year-old will remain at the Club until at least the 2025 season after enjoying a fantastic season with the bat.

His success this year started in the LV= Insurance County Championship by hitting his maiden first-class century with a score of 141 against Yorkshire in May.

Paul followed this with an impressive Vitality Blast campaign, which saw him lead the Eagles’ six-hitting tally with 24 maximums, as well as finishing the competition with the team’s highest average of 44.88.

His 404 runs across the competition earned Paul a chance to experience the 100-ball format where he further showcased his skills as an all-rounder. He reached the final with Manchester Originals and finished top of the competition’s wicket-taking chart after taking 14 wickets.

Paul Walter said: “It’s been a great season for me personally as I feel I’ve been able to contribute towards our success and continue progressing my game across multiple formats.

“The shoulder injury curtailed my season which was frustrating off the back of The Hundred but I’m now fully fit and looking forward to next year.

“It’s always a proud moment to pull on the Essex shirt and share success on the field alongside a great set of players and I’m looking forward to more memorable experiences over the course of the next three years.”

Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, added: “After forcing his way into the starting XI after three games into the season, Paul went on to produce some important innings for us.

“Scoring his first century for the county was a big moment for him after coming close on a number of occasions and then he followed it up with another great T20 campaign.

“Paul is back at 100% fitness for pre-season and I’m looking forward to seeing him hit the ground running for us in April.”