Monday 8 September 2008 

Matt Nicholson Leaves Surrey

Australian fast bowler Matthew Nicholson has left Surrey by mutual consent, bringing to an end a two-year spell as overseas player at The Brit Oval.

Surrey planned to replace him with Pakistani Shoaib Akhtar but a mix-up with visas and the ill-health of Shoaib's mother has delayed his arrival although he hopes to play for the final two matches of the season.

In 2007, he was named as the 'Graham Kersey Player Of The Year' and he took 93 wickets in all competitions for Surrey as well as hitting 925 runs.

Surrey Cricket Manager Alan Butcher said: "Unfortunately, Matt’s season this year has been blighted by illness which has affected his performance. However, he has never given anything less than 100% and leaves behind many friends in the Surrey dressing room who will miss his positive attitude."

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