RYAN ten Doeschate has signed a one year contact extension with Essex and will stay with the club until the end of the 2021 season.

The former club captain impressed again last season, averaging 51 in the Vitality Blast and 31.14 in the Bob Willis Trophy which Essex won.

And the 40-year-old, who has been with Essex since 2003, is thrilled to be staying put. 

“I’m delighted to extend my time at the club for another year," said ten Doeschate.

“I feel that I have sustained my ability to contribute to the team this year and my hunger and passion for the game and the club is at an all-time high.”

And head coach Anthony McGrath is also pleased to see ten Doeschate sign a new deal. 

“Ryan is a massive player for us, both on the field and within the dressing room, said ten Doeschate.

“He gives everything his all and you can’t buy his attitude and experience, which has helped us get over the line on plenty of occasions, like in the Bob Willis Trophy Final last Sunday.

“He’s also a fantastic leader and sets a great example for everyone in the changing room.

"For the younger players, being able to turn to him and ask him for advice is unbelievable and that will undoubtedly improve them as cricketers.”