Lawrence aiming at more glory with Essex
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.”