Eight Essex players have signed new contracts including Ravi Bopara, Graham Napier and Mark Pettini.
Mark Pettini has signed a contract extension with Essex through to the end of the 2012 season.
James Foster has taken over as Essex captain following Mark Pettini's decision to stand down.
Mark Pettini has been granted a short rest by Essex after a difficult few months for the club captain.
James Foster will captain Essex for the remainder of the county's Friends Provident t20 campaign.
Essex captain Mark Pettini believes the rule changes imposed for this season's County Championship are for the better.
Essex took a huge step towards the NatWest Pro40 Second Division title with a comprehensive 130-run win over Glamorgan.
Mark Pettini believes Essex's victory in the Friends Provident Trophy final will be the first of many pieces of silverware he will enjoy as captain.
Kent won the first Twenty20 Cup semi-final against Essex by 14 runs at the Rose Bowl.
Andrew Strauss hit a century as Middlesex beat Surrey on the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Oval.
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