ESSEX have added Grant Roelofsen to their squad for the Royal London Cup.

The 26-year-old has been in stunning form for Billericay so far this season and has also made three appearances for Essex's second team.

But Roelofsen will now be making the step up for the Eagles and cannot wait to be involved.

“It has been a whirlwind 48 hours, but as soon as I found out there was a chance to represent Essex in the Royal London Cup I was desperate to grab that opportunity," said Roelofsen.

“Having played with a few of the guys in the second 11 in the past month I know they’re a great bunch and I hope that I can contribute towards a strong campaign.”

And head coach Anthony McGrath added: “Grant’s a player who has been on our radar for a while and his track record speaks for itself.

“Everyone is trying to manage depleted squads as best they can so to be able to add a player of his quality into the batting line-up is a massive coup for us.”

Roelofsen has an excellent record in all three formats of the game, averaging more than 40 in first-class cricket and 35.56 in T20, but it’s in List A cricket where he boasts his best record, averaging 42.94 in his 38 appearances with a best of 147 not out.

Since joining Billericay at the start of the 2022 season he has dominated, scoring 1553 runs in 17 games at an average of 103.53 with five 100s and eight 50s and is the leading run-scorer in the Essex League.


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