Full name Wesley John Durston
Born October 6, 1980, Taunton, Somerset
Current age 36 years 199 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|
|Twenty20 debut||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|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|
|10, 1/20||Derbyshire||v Worcs||Derby||22 Jul 2016||T20|
|32, 1/37||Derbyshire||v Sri Lanka A||Derby||15 Jul 2016||LA|
|0/3, 51||Derbyshire||v Lancashire||Derby||13 Jul 2016||T20|
|2/17, 5||Derbyshire||v Yorkshire||Derby||10 Jul 2016||T20|
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.
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