It's the end of the road

MIDDLESEX have confirmed that they are releasing experienced pace duo Alan Richardson and Chris Silverwood. Richardson, 34, who spent five years with the county...

MIDDLESEX have confirmed that they are releasing experienced pace duo Alan Richardson and Chris Silverwood.

Richardson, 34, who spent five years with the county, has already agreed a contract with Worcestershire for 2010.

Meanwhile former England bowler Silverwood, also 34, is in discussion with other counties for next season after being informed that the Middlesex would not be renewing his contract.

Middlesex's managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: "Informing a cricketer and man of the quality of Chris that his services are no longer required by the club is tough.


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"Chris has been a model professional during his four years with Middlesex and remains a highly-respected figure. Throughout his time at the club Chris set a wonderful example to the younger cricketers on our staff.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him during the summer, and everyone at Middlesex will join me in wishing Chris well in the future. I am convinced another county will benefit from having him on their staff. He will always be welcome at Lord's."

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Silverwood joined Middlesex in 2005 and was hoping to rediscover the form that saw him win six Test caps for England, the last of which came in Australia in 2002.

However, injuries often sidelined him during that spell, although he still took over 100 wickets for the county and added some much needed experience to the side in recent seasons.

Silverwood said this week: "I'd like to thank everyone at Middlesex for the help, support and encouragement they have given me during four enjoyable years at Lord's. It has been great to play for Middlesex and a pleasure to make a contribution.

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