January 31, 2003

Scott Brant to join Essex

Essex has today confirmed that left arm fast bowler Scott Brant will be joining the Club as its second overseas player for 2003. Brant, 20, was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and made his first class debut for Queensland in 2001 after he and his family emigrated to Australia.

Commenting on the signing, Essex Chief Executive David East said:

"We are delighted that Scott will be joining us this year. Although he has only played a limited amount of 1st class cricket for Queensland, there is no question that he has great natural ability and will undoubtedly strengthen the Essex bowling attack in Division I of both league competitions. He comes highly recommended by many senior figures in the game, and we wish him every success with the Club in 2003."

On confirming his appointment with the Club, Brant commented:

"I am thrilled to be joining Essex this year, and really look forward to the opportunity of playing in the intense programme of county cricket. The prospect of working with Graham Gooch and learning from players like Andy Flower and Ronnie Irani was a huge draw, and I'm sure I can make a significant contribution. I look forward to meeting up with the players on their pre-season tour in Cape Town in late March".