website maker Essex County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that top-order batsman, Dan Lawrence, has signed a two-year contract extension and will remain at Chelmsford until at least the end of the 2023 season.
The Leytonstone-born batsman burst onto the scene in 2015 as a 17-year-old, scoring 161 against Surrey in only his second first-class game for the Club. At the time of doing so, he became just the third 17-year-old to score a century in the County Championship.
Since then, he’s made 175 appearances across all formats and scored 6,516 runs for Essex. His arrival in the First Team has coincided with the Club’s recent success and Lawrence has played a vital role in bringing silverware to The Cloudfm County Ground.
Lawrence made his England Test debut against Sri Lanka in early 2021 and has made eight appearances for the Three Lions so far, averaging 27.23. He’s made three half-centuries with his highest score of 81* coming against New Zealand in June.
Upon signing his extension, Lawrence said: “I’m really pleased to be staying at Chelmsford and to commit my future to this great Club.
“Since breaking into the First Team we’ve experienced so many triumphs. Although this year didn’t go our way, we have a phenomenal squad, and everybody in the dressing room is keen to get back to winning ways.
“Nobody was more disappointed with the season than us as we know what we can do when we play to our ability. We feel that we should be competing across all formats and that’s the aim going forward and hopefully we win some more trophies in 2022.”
Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, added: “Dan is an outstanding batsman and has contributed enormously since breaking into the First Team.
“He’s scored vital runs for us on plenty of occasions and has been a major factor in our recent success, and the exciting thing for Essex fans is that he’s only going to get better and better.
“Despite still only being 24 he’s a leader in the dressing room and has seven seasons under his belt. He’s a shining example to the younger lads coming through and I’ve got no doubt he’ll go on to achieve big things in the game.”