Monday 1 October 2007 

Hutton And Johnson Retire From Middlesex

Middlesex CCC have announced that Ben Hutton and Richard Johnson are to retire from Middlesex cricket.

Middlesex CCC Chief Executive, Vinny Codrington commented: “Both Ben and Richard have been excellent players and great supporters of the club and very much wish to remain a part of the Middlesex family.

Ben took over the captaincy in July/August 2004 under difficult circumstances and did a fantastic job through to the end of the 2006 season.”

Ben Hutton confirmed: “It is with great regret that I decide to finish with the game. A lack of first team opportunity has made it a difficult season to enjoy and it seems sensible, at this point in my life, to pursue something more progressive and enhancing. It is important that Middlesex’s many talented young batters are given an opportunity and I do not want to stand in their way.

"Middlesex County Cricket Club has played a big part in my life and I would like to thank the many great friends I have made in the game, the Club, Committee and members for all they have done in making my career so enjoyable and fulfilling”.

On Richard Johnson, Middlesex Chief Executive Vinny Codrington stated: “Jono started his cricket with Middlesex at the age of 11 and although he disappeared to Somerset, all at Middlesex followed his progress carefully and were delighted when he was capped for England.”

Vinny concludes: “Both Ben and Jono provided much needed experience to, and were instrumental in the club capturing the Second XI Trophy this season and the club thank them both for their hard work and wish them both every success in the future. We hope to continue to see lots of them!”

© Middlesex CCC