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Richardson and Silverwood leave Middlesex

Cricinfo staff

September 15, 2009

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Middlesex have announced that seam bowlers Alan Richardson and Chris Silverwood will leave the county at the end of the season.

Richardson, 34, has signed a two-year contract with Worcestershire and Middlesex have not offered Silverwood, also 34, a new deal. The club offered Richardson a combined coaching-playing role but he has decided to prolong his playing career.

Richardson played 43 first-class matches since joining from Warwickshire in 2005 and Silverwood made 35 appearances after his move from Yorkshire in 2006.

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

Silverwood said that he was confident of continuing his career at a new county. "Naturally, I am sad to be moving on from Middlesex but I am keen to continue playing because I still feel I have plenty to offer the game. I wish Middlesex every success in the future."

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