Essex: Kishen Velani signs new two-year contract

Essex batsman Kishen Velani
Former England Under-19 international Kishen Velani also bowls occasional off spin

Essex have rewarded young batsman Kishen Velani with a new two-year deal that will keep him at Chelmsford until the end of the 2017 season.

The former England Under-19 player, who made his county debut in last year's T20 Blast, has now made played nine first-class appearances.

Velani, 21, has made 310 runs at an average of 23.84 and made his maiden fifty against Gloucestershire in May.

"I'm over the moon to have signed with the club for two more years," he said.

"It's an exciting time with a number of younger players coming through. I'm looking forward to getting a lot more runs next season."

Essex cricket committee chairman Ronnie Irani added: "Kishen has shown over the last couple of seasons he has the attributes to be a really exciting talent in all forms of the game."

Young seamer Jamie Porter agreed a new three-year contract on Monday.

Essex, sixth in Division Two in the County Championship, are finishing the season with Chris Silverwood in temporary charge following the departure of head coach Paul Grayson on 2 September.