Phillips extends Essex stay

Essex stalwart Tim Phillips has signed a new one-year contract for next season.

The 32-year-old spinner has been a member of the Essex squad for 14 years since making his first-class debut in 1999.

The left-armer made 25 appearances last season, mainly in the limited-overs formats, and he is delighted to have extended his stay at Chelmsford for a further year.

Phillips said: "I am very pleased to have signed a new contract with the Club for a further year. I'm looking ahead to next year and having a good pre-season, which I can take into the new campaign."

Head coach, Paul Grayson added: "We are pleased that Tim has signed a new contract with the club.

"He has shown the last few seasons how important he is in one-day cricket for us and as our specialist spin bowler, so I hope he continues this form going in to the 2014 season."