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Durham Squad for 1999 Season

Durham Cricket 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 are:

Steve Chapman
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 for 1998.

Muazam Ali
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 Robinson
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
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 2nd XI.

Marc Symington
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.

1999 Retained Players List:

Muazam Ali
Melvyn Betts
David Boon [Captain]
Simon Brown
Steve Chapman
Paul Collingwood
Jimmy Daley
Michael Foster
Michael Gough
Stephen Harmison
Nicky Hatch
Neil Killeen
Jonathan Lewis
John Morris
Nicky Phillips
Andrew Pratt
Ryan Robinson
Mike Roseberry
Nick Speak [vice-Captain]
Martin Speight
Marc Symington
John Wood

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