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Mark Pettini signs new Essex contract

Mark Pettini playing against Sussex Sharks
Pettini took over the Essex captaincy from Ronnie Irani

Essex batsman Mark Pettini has signed a deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2012 season.

The 26-year-old made his first-class debut in 2001 and has since made 252 appearances for the county in all formats of the game.

He became club captain in 2007 but gave up the role this season, with wicketkeeper James Foster taking over.

"I am obviously delighted to have signed an extension with the club," Pettini told the club's website.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with Essex and the success that we have all achieved.

"I look forward to the next two years, we have a very strong dressing room and we are confident that we can achieve even more success in the coming seasons."

The club takes these incidents extremely seriously and all the players have been severely reprimanded and fined

Essex chief executive David East after three players are disciplined by the club

Meanwhile Essex have revealed Tom Westley, Billy Godleman and Grant Flower have all been fined by the club for recent behaviour.

Batsmen Westley and Godleman, both 21, were disciplined for causing damage at Coggeshall Cricket Club after they had been given out during a second XI match last week.

Meanwhile Flower, 39, has been reprimanded after deliberately striking his stumps in frustration after he was given run-out in an FP t20 match at Hove against Sussex.

Essex chief executive David East said: "The club takes these incidents extremely seriously and all the players have been severely reprimanded and fined.

"In addition they have been warned regarding their future conduct and reminded of their responsibilities as ambassadors for Essex Cricket wherever they are playing."

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