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Stuart Poynter exits as five academy graduates sign rookie deals with Durham CCC

Stuart Poynter exits as five academy graduates sign rookie deals with Durham CCC
Stuart Poynter exits as five academy graduates sign rookie deals with Durham CCC
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Durham Cricket are delighted to announce that five young cricketers have signed rookie deals with the club ahead of the 2022 season.

Jonathan Bushnell, Harry Crawshaw, Luke Doneathy and Tom Mackintosh have all signed rookie deals for the first time, while Oliver Gibson has signed a one-year rookie contract extension.

All five of Durham’s 2022 rookie contracted players have progressed through the club’s youth set up before making their Academy and 2XI team debuts in recent years.

Crawshaw and Doneathy are two of the clubs Academy graduates to make their first team debuts in the 2021 season, with Doneathy featuring in both the Royal London Cup and Vitality Blast, while Crawshaw made his debut in the Vitality Blast against Northamptonshire.

Marcus North, Director of Cricket said: “This group of young players have had a successful journey through our pathway and Academy and deserve their opportunity to join our professional squad.

“Throughout the 2021 season they have broken into our Second XI and some debuting in our T20 Blast and RL50 teams. We are excited to see them develop further during the next 12 months working exclusively with the professional squad.”

Durham Cricket can announce that Stuart Poynter will leave the club following a seven-year career with Durham.

The former Ireland international played across all formats for Durham which included a spell as T20 captain in the 2019 season.

Poynter scored 1132 first-class runs for Durham which included a career best 170 against Derbyshire in 2018.

Director of Cricket, Marcus North said: “Stu will leave us this winter following 7 years with the club, he has been a popular and valuable member during this time, and we wish him all the success in his future endeavours.”