Essex tie Matt Critchley to two-year contract extension

WILLIAM COMISH: Since moving from Derbyshire, he has scored 1,436 runs and taken 42 wickets in the County Championship, including three hundreds


Matt Critchley has extended his stay at Essex by two years to remain at the club until at least 2027.

The allrounder played for Derbyshire for six years between 2015 and 2021 before moving to Essex in 2022.

Since that move, he has scored 1,436 runs and taken 42 wickets in the County Championship, including three hundreds. In the T20 Blast, he has scored 527 runs, making two fifties, and last season he took career-best T20 figures of 5 for 28 against Middlesex.

On signing his new contract, Critchley said: "I'm very pleased. I've enjoyed my first couple of years here and I very much wanted to stay.

"Obviously, we've had a couple of changes to the team this winter, but we've made some good additions, so I'm very much looking forward to this year and the next few years.

"I've felt like I've constantly been improving since I've been here, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to stay."


Matt Critchley has become a key part of Essex's side across formats (Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

"I'm delighted we've been able to extend Matt's contract," added Essex head coach Anthony McGrath. "His value to the team is huge, and that was on full display with his player of the year-winning performances last year.

"He's been working especially hard on his batting recently, and that has brought a lot of positive results. He's great to work with, and we’re looking forward to having him around for a long time yet."

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