Durham CCC have confirmed that Australian batsmen Michael Di Venuto has been forced to retire from county cricket with immediate effect due to persistent injury problems.
The 38 year-old left-hander said, “My body won't allow me to prepare and play the way I want. I set high standards for myself and if I was to continue playing then it would be below these standards. While I know I still have some quality short-form cricket in me, the day in day out nature of first-class cricket I physically can't do anymore.
“My time at Durham has been incredible. To play with a great bunch of blokes in some history-making teams is something that I will cherish and look back on fondly. My family and I have loved our time in the north east and have some wonderful memories to take home with us. I'd like to thank everyone involved with the club for making our time here so enjoyable. We will miss Durham CCC."
Durham CCC Head Coach Geoff Cook added, “Michael has been a prolific run scorer for the club during his time here and is a much respected player, who will be greatly missed. He has proved to be a real inspiration on the field and the knowledge and guidance he has shared with our squad, especially the batsmen, has encouraged growth within the side. Michael should be incredibly proud of his time here at Durham and we wish him all the very best with his future endeavours.”
Di Venuto began his county in 1999 for Sussex after playing the last of his nine One-Day Internationals for Australia, and then spent seven years at Derbyshire prior to moving to Durham in 2007. He was part of the side that won the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy, as well as their double Championship-winning team of later in the decade. Overall, he scored 6488 first-class runs for the club, including passing 1000 runs for the season on four consecutive occasions.
Other County News In Brief:
Durham bowler Liam Plunkett has received a reprimand following a level one breach of the ECB’s disciplinary code during their match against Nottinghamshire on 29th June.
The ECB have formally confirmed the start times for the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals as follows:
24th July at 1515 GMT, Somerset v Essex at Taunton
24th July at 1810, Sussex v Gloucestershire at Hove
25th July at 1515, Yorkshire v Worcestershire at Headingley
25th July at 1810, Nottinghamshire v Hampshire at Trent Bridge
Durham have handed an extended contract to all-rounder Johann Myburgh following his impressive form in the Friends Life t20.
Shaun Marsh has said that he is hopeful of a return to Glamorgan for next season’s Friends Life t20 competition. He averaged 52.25 in this year’s competition.
Northamptonshire have offered fast-bowler Ollie Stone a new two-year deal.
Somerset have offered teenage twins Jamie and Craig Overton new two-year contracts.
LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Durham at New Road
Durham have named their 13-man squad for their trip to Worcester as they hope to turn their disastrous Championship season around. Paul Collingwood will skipper the side, while new signing Johann Myburgh is also included.
Durham squad: Will Smith, Mark Stoneman, Ben Stokes, Dale Benkenstein, Paul Collingwood (captain), Gordon Muchall, Phil Mustard (wicket-keeper), Scott Borthwick, Callum Thorp, Chris Rushworth, Graham Onions, Mitchell Claydon, Michael Richardson (wicket-keeper).
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