Essex exit for duo
Former England under 19 pair John Maunders and Mervyn Westfield have been released by Essex.
Last Updated: 24/08/10 9:16am
Essex have released batsman John Maunders and fast bowler Mervyn Westfield.
Maunders, 29, joined the county in 2008 from Shropshire looking to revive a first-class career that stalled after he left Leicestershire a year earlier.
But the former England under 19 left-hander suffered with injuries during his two-and-a-half seasons at Chelmsford, the highlight of which was a knock of 150 against his former employers Leicestershire in 2009.
Westfield, another to have represented his country at under 19 level, took 11 wickets in seven first-class matches for Essex.
But the 22-year-old has not featured in the four-day format for over a year and is currently on bail after being arrested, along with Essex team-mate Danish Kaneria, and questioned under caution on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud. Neither player has been charged with any offence.
His arrest came as a result of an ongoing police investigation into alleged spot-fixing in Essex's Pro40 match against Durham last September.
"John (Maunders) has nearly reached the age of 30, he has unfortunately been injury prone this season and has been limited to a few county championship appearances," Essex first-team coach Paul Grayson told the county's official website.
"He needed to be scoring runs, and that has not been the case so it is time for us both to move on. John is currently looking at other avenues of employment."
On Westfield, Grayson added: "It is a huge disappointment that it has come to this; for the past few years we had high hopes for Merv to become a big name in cricket.
"He has received a lot of guidance from our players and coaches and he has not progressed as we would have hoped. Mervyn is keen to stay in the game and we wish him every success in finding another county to play for.
"All of us at Essex Cricket would like to thank both players for their contribution and wish them well in their future careers."