Chris began his cricketing apprenticeship playing for Cambridge UCCE and spent 2005-06 playing domestic cricket for Tamil Union in Sri Lanka. He eventually signed for Essex at the end of 2007 and went on to play in the team that won the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lord's against Kent in 2008 and reached T20 finals day in 2010.
Chris was initially signed on loan by the Bears in 2011 and made a strong enough impression to be rewarded with a permanent contract.
With the new ball, Chris bowls with pace, persistence and skill which was proven with 62 Division One wickets as the Bears won the County Championship title in 2012.
He was also successful in the CB40 and, but for an injury sustained midway through the Lord's final, might have finished the season as the leading wicket-taker in the competition and as a double trophy winner.
His success won him a place in the England Performance Programme and established him in the pecking order as a potential international bowler, before a stress fracture that forced him to miss much of the 2013 season held him back.