New Essex deal for Velani

PUBLISHED: 17:20 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:20 08 September 2015

Kishen Velani hits out for Essex as Surrey's Gary Wilson looks on (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Kishen Velani hits out for Essex as Surrey's Gary Wilson looks on (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Wanstead youngster lands two-year contract

Wanstead youngster Kishen Velani has signed a new two-year deal with Essex.

The 21-year-old will remain with the county side until the end of the 2017 season, having made good progress this summer.

Velani has played nine first-class matches so far and featured for the Eagles in limited-overs competition.

Known for his elegant batting, Velani also bowls off spin and was delighted to extend his stay at the County Ground.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m over the moon to have signed with the club for another two years.

“It’s an exciting time with a number of younger players coming through, along with the current experienced members of the squad we have at Essex.

“I’m looking forward to getting a lot more runs next season to push my opportunities in the first team across all formats.”

Velani has been lining up alongside Wanstead old boy James Foster, beneficiary Ravi Bopara (Hainault & Clayhall), Nick Browne (South Woodford), Jamie Porter (Fives & Heronians) and Aron Nijjar (Ilford) this season, as the county continue to blood local talent.

Chairman of Essex’s cricket committee Ronnie Irani said: “It’s fabulous news that Kishen has signed a contract for a further two years at Essex.

“He has shown over the last couple of seasons that he has the attributes to be a really exciting talent for our club in all forms of the game and he can now look to continue his hard work and development through to 2017.”

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