Godleman exits Essex
Billy Godleman’s stay at Chelmsford has come to an end after he was released by Essex.
The former Middlesex batsman, 23, equalled his highest first-class score on the opening day of the season when striking 130 against Gloucestershire.
However, he has featured in only one LV= County Championship fixture since May, with Tom Westley and Jaik Mickleburgh establishing themselves as Essex’s first-choice opening pair.
“I am sad and disappointed to be leaving Essex,” said Godleman. “However, I have loved playing for the county and have made some special friends amongst players, staff, members and supporters.
“I wish all the players well as they strive to make Essex the successful county cricket club it aspires to be, and look forward to the opportunity of establishing myself at a new club, where I hope to fulfil all of my ambitions, on and off the field of play.”
Essex have also released Colchester-born all-rounder Michael Comber, who made 13 appearances for the first team in all.
Head coach Paul Grayson said: “This is a time when we have to release players from the club and it is never an easy decision to make.
“The club and I would like to thank both players for their commitment and effort throughout their careers for the county. They are good lads and we wish them all the best for the future.”