ESSEX Cricket Club youngsters Reece Topley and Tom Craddock have signed two-year contract extensions with the club.

The new deals will keep the pair at Chelmsford until the end of the 2014 season.

Essex head coach Paul Grayson is delighted that the pair will continue at the County Ground for two more campaigns.

"Reece is one of the most exciting young bowlers in the country and had a great season in 2012, especially in the Friends Life t20 competition," said Grayson.

"Tom is another player coming from a crop of talent at the club and is improving all the time."

Nineteen-year-old Topley has come through the academy ranks at Essex and made his first team debut in 2010.

His progress has seen him progress through the England development programme and into the England Lions squad.

Yorkshire-born Craddock has played 23 matches for Essex and specialises in leg-spin bowling.

He has spent the winter in Melbourne with Bryce McGain.