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“I am so proud to still be participating in for my house county who have given me the fantastic setting to fulfill all of my cricketing desires.” © Getty
Former England captain and club veteran Paul Collingwood confirmed a just one-calendar year extension with his county side Durham on Friday (Oct 6). The information comes as a shot in the arm at a time when the club has experienced to deal with the departures of Graham Onions – another club legend, Keaton Jennings and Paul Coughlin, although youthful batsman Jack Burnham was handed a just one-calendar year ban for a unsuccessful drug check.
“I am so proud to still be participating in for my house county who have given me the fantastic setting to fulfill all of my cricketing desires,” Collingwood mentioned on Friday (Oct 6). “I have established this year that I still have a lot to give and I really feel my part at Durham is still essential in serving to produce the future generation of Durham cricketers.”
In the 2017 year of County Championship, Collingwood was fifth on the batting charts, with 1,087 runs (3 100s and 5 50s) at an typical of 49.40. The all-rounder also smashed a century in the Natwest t20 Blast before sweeping the Player of the Yr, Players’ Player of the Yr and Batsman of the Yr titles in the conclude-of-year awards at the club.
Durham chairman Ian Botham was understandably chuffed with the most up-to-date progress that will take Collingwood into his 22nd calendar year with the side. “Paul epitomise the values of Durham CCC, the two on and off the discipline, as nicely as still being a fine player who sales opportunities from the entrance in the part of club captain. To maintain a player of Paul’s experience and ability at the club is a massive reward as we go on to attempt for advertising back again to the prime division.”
In spite of Collingwood’s superb quantities, Durham endured a hard year this calendar year, ending next-last in next division with 3 wins, 5 attracts and 6 losses in the 14 matches. The club captain, nevertheless, envisions the group to struggle really hard for advertising future calendar year, although also blooding in the house-developed players.
In addition to that, the 41-calendar year-outdated, who retired from international cricket in 2011, reckoned he still experienced a lot of vitality left in him to continue to be on the discipline and vowed to keep there till it was down to zero.
“I know that this club still has so substantially to give English cricket and inspite of a difficult year I still really feel we can contend for advertising back again to the first division in 2018. We will maintain fighting, which is the Durham spirit, we will maintain providing opportunities to house developed players and providing possibilities for them to enjoy first-course cricket.
“We have to struggle correct from the prime to the base of the club, Durham is a superb put to enjoy and they have given me every thing above the decades. I will attempt and enable them correct till I have zero vitality left, at the moment I still have a good deal.”