Essex cut Maunders and Westfield
Essex have decided to trim their squad by releasing batsman John Maunders and fast bowler Mervyn Westfield.
Maunders, the former Leicestershire left-hander, suffered an injury-affected season and has been cut loose towards the end of his one-year contract.
The 29-year-old was unable to make a success of his early run in the side in the LV= County Championship, and though he made 70 against Hampshire and scored a century against Bangladesh, slipped mainly into the second XI in 2010.
Paul Grayson, Essex first-team coach, said: “It’s always a tough time of year. John has nearly reached the age of 30, he has unfortunately been injury prone this season and has been limited to a few county championship appearances.
“He needed to be scoring runs, and that has not been the case so it is time for us both to move on. John is currently looking at other avenues of employment.”
Westfield, 22, from Romford, signed a two-year deal in early 2009, but has been largely confined to the second XI and club cricket with Wanstead after failing to convince of his readiness.
Commenting on Westfield’s release, Grayson said: “It is a huge disappointment that it has come to this; for the past few years we had high hopes for Merv to become a big name in cricket.
“He has received a lot of guidance from our players and coaches and he has not progressed as we would have hoped.
“Mervyn is keen to stay in the game and we wish him every success in finding another county to play for.
“All of us at Essex would like to thank both players for their contribution and wish them well in their future careers.”