County news May 9, 2007

McGarry offered second chance at Essex

Cricinfo staff

Andrew McGarry has a chance to resurrect his domestic career © Getty Images
Seam bowler Andrew McGarry has joined Essex until the end of the season as the county search for injury cover. It is his second stint at Chelmsford after he played 15 matches between 1999 and 2003.

McGarry was called into the Essex squad as a non-contracted player for the Championship against Glamorgan at the end of April. He went wicketless but did enough to encourage the club to sign him up.

"Once you play somewhere you don't expect to get a second chance, so to get another go is really good," he told the Essex website. "I've matured and have a bit more experience. Obviously I haven't played much on the first-class scene for three years but I've played a lot of minor counties cricket [for Suffolk] and have learnt a bit more about myself so will hopefully come back a better bowler."

David East, the chief executive, said: "Andrew has bowled well for us in our early season matches and demonstrated that he has matured as a cricketer. We have a number of injuries to our seam bowlers at present and Andrew's addition to the squad will give us further options over the next few months."

McGarry went straight into the Essex squad for their three-day match against Cambridge University.