County news June 24, 2011

Napier signs one-year Essex contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Graham Napier has signed a new one-year contract with Essex that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2012 season. After an explosive start to his season, Napier picked up a hamstring injury but hopeful for a comeback against Surrey at Chelmsford on Friday night.

"It is great that the Club offered me a new contract," said Napier. "After such a long lay-off with injury I am hoping to continue the form I had earlier in the season through the next year into 2012."

A stress fracture to his back prematurely ended Napier's 2010 season, but he made a mark immediately upon his return to the county game in 2011 by thrashing 196 against Surrey at Whitgift School - a knock which equalled Andrew Symonds' world record for the most sixes in a first-class innings with 16 towering blows.