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Harmer extends Essex deal

PUBLISHED: 15:37 30 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:37 30 April 2017

Simon Harmer in bowling action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Simon Harmer in bowling action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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South African spinner signs until end of 2019

Essex County Cricket Club have announced that South African International spinner Simon Harmer has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.

Having fitted into the club seamlessly both on and off the pitch since his arrival in March, both parties had no hesitation in extending the 28-year-old’s contract.

Impressing with both disciplines in the Specsavers County Championship, Harmer has taken nine wickets and helped saved two draws against Lancashire and Middlesex with the bat.

And head coach Chris Silverwood is thrilled to see Harmer extend his contract, saying: “Simon has fitted into the squad brilliantly both on and off the pitch. His capabilities with bat and ball are there for all to see and he has also been an excellent influence on our younger players passing on his experience.

“Hopefully as the pitches get harder and drier across the course of the summer, we will see Simon come to the fore and make match-winning contributions regularly.”

All-rounder Harmer did not have to think twice about signing a new contract and added: “Ever since I linked up with the squad in Dubai, everything has been great. Everyone at the club has made me feel welcome, so I had no hesitation in committing my future to Essex.

“I see my long-term future in England and I can’t envisage a better place to do it than here in Chelmsford.”

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