Full name Wesley John Durston
Born October 6, 1980, Taunton, Somerset
Current age 39 years 8 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Somerset, Somerset Cricket Board, Unicorns
Nickname Ace, Pringles
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Millfield School, Glastonbury; University College, Worcester
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby, May 8-11, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Aug 1, 2016 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|11, 0/46||Wiltshire||v Herts||Hertford||14 May 2017||Other OD|
|0||Wiltshire||v Bedfordshire||Warminster||7 May 2017||Other OD|
|1/34, 2||Wiltshire||v Suffolk||Ipswich||30 Apr 2017||Other OD|
|2/36, 73||Wiltshire||v Bucks||Warminster||23 Apr 2017||Other OD|
|7, 0/39||Derby 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Leeds||2 Aug 2016||Other|
|30||Derbyshire||v Leics||Derby||1 Aug 2016||LA|
|7, 0/25||Derbyshire||v Northants||Northampton||31 Jul 2016||LA|
|0/27, 44||Derbyshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||29 Jul 2016||T20|
|9||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Derby||27 Jul 2016||LA|
|1/28, 6||Derbyshire||v Notts||Market Warsop||24 Jul 2016||LA|
Wes Durston's uncomplicated see-ball, hit-ball approach made him a favourite with Derbyshire supporters and probably testified to a late-developing career that did not evolve at Derbyshire until his thirties. He also skippered Derbyshire in limited-overs cricket.
Born in Taunton and educated at Millfield, Durston had become a regular part of Somerset's middle order by 2006. The previous year had been something of a breakthrough for Durston as he played several times in the Championship and was an ever-present in Somerset's victorious Twenty20 cup campaign.
He had shown his promise on debut in 2002 with a cavalier 45-ball 55 against West Indies A, but after eight seasons at the county Durston lost his contract in 2009.
He signed up with the Unicorns - the ECB's Recreational XI of the best un-contracted players in the country - and smashed 117 from just 68 deliveries to lead his team to a record run chase as they reached 326 to beat Sussex in a Clydesdale Bank 40 clash in May 2010.
That innings put Durston, a powerful hitter and a tidy off-spin bowler, on the radar once again, and he was duly signed by Derbyshire for their domestic Twenty20 campaign. After blazing a club record 111 off 59 deliveries against Nottinghamshire he was offered a full-time contract.
In the following two seasons he hit five first-class centuries as well as taking 60 wickets in all cricket. He passed 1,000 first-class runs in one season for the first time in 2011 and was Derbyshire's second highest Championship run-scorer with 801 in the 2012 season. He was unable to maintain those standards at a higher level, although he did console himself with some forceful innings in T20 and skippered Derbyshire in an unrewarding |T20 campaign in 2015.
He began to show his age in 2016, losing mobility, and with the new director of cricket, Kim Barnett, intent on a shake-up, his departure was no surprise.