Lawrence aim­ing at more glory with Es­sex

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Joshua Peck

DAN Lawrence, surely des­tined for a suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional fu­ture, will con­tinue to ply his trade with the county cham­pi­ons af­ter sign­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion at Es­sex.

Lawrence, 20, will stay un­til at least the end of the 2019 sea­son af­ter es­tab­lish­ing him­self as one the game’s bright­est young­sters.

A suc­cess­ful sea­son in Di­vi­sion One, where the bats­man scored 761 runs at an av­er­age of 44, in­clud­ing a stun­ning 141 not out to save the open­ing game against Lan­cashire, earned him a place on the Eng­land Lions tour to Aus­tralia this win­ter.

Lawrence said: “I had no hes­i­ta­tion sign­ing an ex­ten­sion as it has been an un­be­liev­able sea­son from a per­sonal and team view­point.

“For my first taste of Di­vi­sion One cricket, I thought I had a good sea­son and to play a part in win­ning a first ti­tle in 25 years was in­cred­i­ble. To win the Cham­pi­onship with your close friends and guys you have grown up play­ing with is spe­cial, now we must work hard to repli­cate that.

“The Eng­land Lions callup and trip to Aus­tralia caps off a whirl­wind 2017, hope­fully 2018 can be just as good, if not bet­ter, and I can con­tinue to score loads of runs in the club’s suc­cess.”

Lawrence, who was named Young Player of the Year by the Cricket Writ­ers’ Club ear­lier this month, will be part of a 17-man Lions squad to tour Aus­tralia, play­ing one three-day game and three T20 matches.

He’s not the only one in Chelms­ford to have put pen to pa­per this win­ter though with all-rounder Paul Wal­ter, 23, and seam bowlers Sam Cook, 20, and Aaron Beard, 19, also agree­ing deals for the next two sea­sons. Bats­man Kishen Ve­lani, 23, has, how­ever, left fol­low­ing the ex­piry of his con­tract.

Es­sex head coach Chris Sil­ver­wood said: “Dan is an in­te­gral part of what we are try­ing to achieve at the club and has gone from strength to strength ever since he has been in the first team en­vi­ron­ment.

“He is an in­spi­ra­tion to our younger play­ers that if you work hard, op­por­tu­ni­ties will come in the first team, but he also un­der­lines the tal­ent we have at our dis­posal in the academy. I am de­lighted he has been se­lected for the Eng­land Lions and that will fur­ther de­velop him, both as a player and a man.”

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