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Durham Announces Squad for 2002

Three Durham Academy players and Australian born Ashley Thorpe have been offered full contracts for next season as the club seeks to build on the success of gaining promotion to the Norwich Union League First Division. At the same time two of the club's most experienced professionals whose contracts have come to an end have been released.

Batsman and former captain Nick Speak and wicketkeeper Martin Speight have played more than 120 matches between them for Durham. Geoff Cook, Director of Cricket says: "Both Nick and Martin have played a very important part in the Club's transition into an experienced side, their help with the development of Durham's young side has been invaluable over the years."

The three academy players who will join the first team squad next season are Gordon Muchall, an 18 year old batsman from Newcastle, Phil Mustard, also 18, who is wicketkeeper and from Sunderland, and 20 year year old Christopher Mann from South Shields who is an all rounder.

Australian born Ashley Thorpe (26) who plays for Chester-le-Street in the North East Premier League has signed a professional contract for the County. Ashley scored 138 and 85 on debut for the County 2nd XI against Yorkshire.

The club is also hopeful that overseas player Martin Love, who was this season's top scorer with more than 1300 runs, will return for next season.

Confirmed Durham County Cricket Club Playing Staff 2002

  1. Jonathan Lewis, Captain (Isleworth, Middlesex, 21/05/70)
  2. Graeme Bridge (Sunderland, County Durham, 04/09/80)
  3. James Brinkley (Helensborough, Scotland, 13/03/74)
  4. Simon Brown (Cleadon, County Durham, 29/06/69)
  5. Paul Collingwood (Shotley Bridge, County Durham, 26/05/76)
  6. James Daley (Sunderland, County Durham, 24/09/73)
  7. Michael Gough (Hartlepool, County Durham, 18/12/79)
  8. Stephen Harmison (Ashington,Northumberland, 23/10/78)
  9. Nicholas Hatch (Darlington, County Durham, 21/04/79)
  10. Ian Hunter (Darlington, County Durham, 11/09/79)
  11. Neil Killeen (Shotley Bridge, County Durham, 17/10/75)
  12. Danny Law (London, 15/07/75)
  13. Christopher Mann (South Shields, County Durham, 14/04/81)
  14. Phillip Mustard (Sunderland, County Durham, 08/10/82)
  15. Gordon Muchall (Newcastle upon Tyne, 02/11/82)
  16. Nicky Peng (Newcastle upon Tyne, 18/08/82)
  17. Nicky Phillips (Pembury, Kent, 10/05/74)
  18. Andrew Pratt (Crook, County Durham, 04/03/75)
  19. Gary Pratt (Bishop Auckland, County Durham, 22/12/81)
  20. Marc Symington (Newcastle upon Tyne, 10/01/80)

Nick Speak 1997 - 2001

First Class - Durham C.C.C

Matches: 54
Innings: 93
Not Outs: 13
Highest Score: 124*
Runs: 2292
Average:28.65
50's: 13
100's: 3
Catches: 24

Martin Speight 1997 - 2001

First Class - Durham C.C.C

Matches: 70
Innings: 117
Not outs: 16
Highest Score: 97
Runs: 2411
Average: 23.87
50's 13
100's: 3
Catches: 192
Stumpings: 5

Full time contracts have been awarded to the following Durham Academy players:

Gordon James Muchall

Date of birth: 02/11/82
Place of birth: Newcastle upon Tyne
Right Hand Bat
Right Arm Medium

Philip Mustard

Date of birth: 08/10/82 (18)
Place of birth: Sunderland
Left Hand Bat
Wicket Keeper

Christopher Mann

Date of birth: 14/04/81 (20)
Place of birth: South Shields
Right Hand Bat
Right Arm Medium

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