Squad for 1999 Season
Club today announces its' squad for 1999 ……. a season in which the
Club is confident it youth policy will pay major dividends.
The 22 man squad will again be led by David Boon who will be
supported by new Vice-Captain Nick Speak after John Morris has stepped
down in order to give the younger player the opportunity in this
important role and also to allow him more time to concentrate on
his Testimonial Year.
The squad will be reinforced by the addition of five new players
…three of them under 21…. including the elevation to the first team
squad of Nicky Hatch and Marc Symington from the Durham Cricket
Academy. Durham Chief Executive Mike Candlish says: "Next summer
we intend to build on the progress we made this year. Our future
is with the young talent and we are looking forward to seeing how
Melvyn Betts and Stephen Harmison benefit from their England 'A'
tour. We also have Michael Gough gaining vital international experience
with England Under 19's."
The new players
Steve (27) has been playing periodically for the 2nd XI for five
years, whilst playing for Bishop Auckland Cricket Club as their
professional for the last 3 years. Prior to that, Steve was with
Crook Town Cricket Club. Originally a batsman, Steve developed his
spin bowling and following his Championship appearance and two AXA
League games in 1998 for the first team, was awarded a contract
Prior to joining Durham for the beginning of the 1999 season, Muazam
was on the Lord's Ground staff for two years. Essex born Muazam
also represented Essex at youth levels before being awarded the
accolade of 'Lord Taverners Cricketer of the Year' in 1996. He is
18 years old and a right-handed batsman.
Ryan,21, is a former member of the Yorkshire Cricket Academy who
played for the Durham 2nd XI on 4 occasions last season, finishing
with a batting average of 33.28, and taking 9 wickets at 22.33.
Ryan is more than an all-round cricketer, as he also plays football
for non-league Emley Town in his home town near Huddersfield.
Nick Hatch has signed for Durham on a summer contract, as he is
currently studying at Hull University. Nick, who was a member of
the Durham Academy in 1997, is 20 years old, and in his 2 games
for the 2nd XI in the Championship last season took 4 wickets in
24 overs. Nick also took 3 for 42 in the AON Trophy against Derbyshire
18 year old Marc was on the Durham Academy staff in 1998 but also
featured in the Second XI and First team. He played one Britannic
Assurance Championship game taking 3 for 87 and one AXA League game.
A highest score of 38 against Lancashire 2nd XI and best bowling
of 3 for 71 against Kent 2nd XI showed his pedigree as an all rounder.
Marc has been named in the provisional squad for the England U19
tour of New Zealand in 1999.
David Boon [Captain]
Nick Speak [vice-Captain]