Charlie Allison signs new deal


Essex Cricket is delighted to announce that promising batter Charlie Allison has signed a new rookie contract for the entirety of the 2024 season.

Colchester-born Allison, 18, made his competitive first-team debut against Lancashire in this season’s Metro Bank One Day Cup, and went on to score 254 runs at an average of 36.28 across the tournament’s eight matches.

He subsequently made his England Under-19 debut in a Youth Test against Australia following the 50-over competition, and top scored in the first innings of the match with 44.

Having put pen to paper, Allison said: “It’s great news. To get a summer contract, I was really happy with myself, but to perform and then get another, I’m over the moon.

“I just tried to take last year in my stride and play how I’ve always played, and I’m now really excited for the future.”

Head Coach, Anthony McGrath said: “Charlie is a superb young player, and we were really happy to see him translate that significant potential that he has into a solid return of runs this summer.

“Everyone in our dressing room speaks incredibly highly of him and the way he goes about his cricket, and we’re looking forward to him being part of the group again in 2024.”

John Stephenson, Essex Cricket Chief Executive Officer, added: “We pride ourselves at Essex on our ability to bring high-quality young players through the pathway system, and Charlie is the latest example of that.

“We are happy we’ve been able to secure his immediate future now, giving him the best possible grounding to flourish once again in 2024, and we are all excited to see what he can do next summer.”