Essex one-day captain Ryan ten Doeschate has signed a new contract until the end of the 2016 season.
The 34-year-old all-rounder has been with the Chelmsford side since 2003 and led them to the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast and One-Day Cup in 2014.
With the bat, he averaged 88.75 in the T20 Blast and 52.50 in the One-Day Cup.
“He is still a key player for us in all formats, and his captaincy of the one-day team last season was excellent,” said Essex head coach Paul Grayson.
“Ryan has been a fantastic servant for Essex, and we are very pleased he has decided to extend his time here.”
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Sam Northeast made a century before Kent collapsed against Essex as 14 wickets fell on day one at Chelmsford.
The 24-year-old batsman made 117 and shared a 83-run sixth-wicket partnership with Sam Billings (51).
David Masters took three wickets for five runs from his first 5.2 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 198.
Essex’s reply faltered as Darren Stevens removed Jaik Mickleburgh to take his 250th first-class wicket and the hosts closed 97-4, 101 runs behind.
Kent’s decision to bat after winning the toss immediately looked a poor choice as Masters (3-44) and Jesse Ryder (2-54) reduced them to 14-4.
Northeast, who hit his third ton of the season to take him past 650 runs for the season, Billings and Stevens were the only three batsmen to make double figures as the other eight made a cumulative total of just 18 runs.
Wickets continued to tumble when Essex came out to bat – Tom Westley was removed by Mitch Claydon for a fifth-ball duck before Stevens (3-32) reduced Essex to 67-4 with his right-arm medium pacers.
Ryder (28 not out) and James Foster (5 not out) finished with an unbeaten 30-run fifth-wicket stand as they looked to shore up Essex’s innings.
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Tom Westley top-scored with 84 as Essex beat an under-strength Lancashire side by six wickets in the One-Day Cup.
Westley hit 10 fours in his 91-ball innings as the home side reached 249-4 in the 39th over.
Steven Croft (51) and Paul Horton (49) shared a stand of 63 for the Red Rose county, but Matt Salisbury took 4-55 as they were restricted to 247-7.
And after Westley fell to Arron Lilley (2-36), Jesse Ryder completed Essex’s victory with a belligerent unbeaten 71.
It was their second win in three group games so far, while Lancashire have lost all three they have played.
Having been put in, the visitors lost Usman Khawaja early and although Karl Brown grafted for 47 before Croft and Horton came together, there was no-one able to provide the kind of impetus so often supplied by England’s Jos Buttler, who is away on Test duty, although Jordan Clark (21 not out) hit the final ball of their innings for six.
With skipper Glen Chapple, Kabir Ali and Kyle Hogg either injured or not selected, Tom Bailey (1-65) made his first limited-overs appearance for Lancashire to share the new ball with Kyle Jarvis and won an lbw decision against Mark Pettini in his opening over, but was otherwise expensive.
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