Flower wants new deal
Grant Flower is hoping that his display in Essex's Friends Provident Trophy final victory against Kent can earn him a new contract.
Last Updated: 17/08/08 1:25pm
Grant Flower is hoping that a man-of-the-match display in Essex's Friends Provident Trophy final victory against Kent can earn him a new contract.
The 37-year-old hit an unbeaten 70 as Essex scored a five-wicket win at Lord's and although his long-term aim remains one of following older brother Andy into coaching - Flower Sr being England's batting coach - he hopes to land another playing deal for 2009.
"I am not sure how much longer I will play for, it depends on whether I get a new contract," said Flower, whose best hope appears to be a limited-overs deal. "I am getting onto the level four coaching course this winter, I am coming to the end of my career, so we will just see what happens."
The chances of a new contract will surely have improved given Flower's influence in Saturday's showpiece one-day final. Coming to the crease with Essex floundering on 93-4, his innings ultimately proved the bulwark as they successfully chased down Kent's modest total of 215.
Flower dominated a stand of 68 with England winter tour hopeful James Foster, of which the latter's share was just 18, and a further 57 came in an unbroken stand with Holland international Ryan ten Doeschate.
Explaining his contribution, Flower said: "I am not a big, strong hitter of the ball so I have to find other ways of manipulating it. It is a big part of my game, to rotate the strike and run as hard as I can, so hitting a few boundary balls was a bonus.
"As I got in I thought that if I stayed until the end we would have a good chance of winning."