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Masters prolongs Essex deal

Seam-bowling stalwart David Masters, Essex’s leading first-class wicket-taker for the last four seasons, has signed a one-year contract extension until end of the 2015 campaign.

Masters, 35, who has just completed a benefit year, played in all of Essex’s 16 LV= County Championship games this season, taking 51 wickets with an innings best of 6-41 versus Kent at Canterbury.

He said: "I am very happy to a have signed a new contract with Essex. Being 35 years old, this will take me up the age of 37 and I want to play for as long as I can. This is a great step for me to continue playing cricket for as long as I can continue to perform on the pitch.

"There is also a lot of responsibility for me now to help the younger players coming through at the club and pass on my experience of the game."

Essex head coach Paul Grayson added: "It is great news that David has signed with the club for two years.

“He is an incredible professional who has shown not only in this season, but in the past years that he puts everything into his performances on the field of play and is instrumental in leading our bowling attack.

“After ending the year as the club's leading first-class wicket-taker in 2013, I'm sure he will continue where he left off next season."

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