Craddock and Topley top up Essex stay
Essex have handed youngsters Tom Craddock and Reece Topley two-year contract extensions.
Left-arm seamer Topley, 19, made his debut for the county in 2010 having come through the academy system and has also featured for England at several age-group levels.
He and leg-spinner Craddock, who has claimed 37 wickets in 14 first-class matches, have penned new terms that will run until the end of the 2014 season.
Head coach Paul Grayson said: “Reece is one of the most exciting young bowlers in the country and had a great season in 2012, especially in the Friends Life t20 competition.
“He is a dedicated and hard-working player who will hopefully go on to take many wickets for the club in the years to come.”
Speaking about Craddock, Grayson added: “Tom is another young player coming from a crop of talent at the club and is improving all the time.
“Last summer was frustrating for him with the weather but, after a successful winter in Melbourne with Bryce McGain, I am hoping he has a good season ahead of him.”