County news September 15, 2009

Richardson and Silverwood leave Middlesex

Cricinfo staff

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."