County news August 25, 2006

Salisbury awarded benefit

Cricinfo staff

Surrey have awarded Ian Salisbury a benefit for 2007 to mark 10 years with the club. He arrived at Surrey from Sussex in 1997 and was awarded his cap the following year.

Salisbury, Surrey's leading wicket taker so far this season, has taken 833 wickets at an average of 32.44 in first-class cricket and has also scored 6401 runs at 20.64. He played 15 Tests and four one-day internationals for England between 1992 and 2000 and was part of team that won in Pakistan for the first time in 39 years.

Paul Sheldon, Surrey's chief executive, said: "Ian has been a huge asset to Surrey both on and off the field. He played a vital role in the success of the three-time Championship winning side and continues to perform for the club at the highest level. We all wish him the very best for a successful benefit year."

Salisbury added: "It's a huge honour to be awarded with a benefit in my tenth year with the club. Since I joined in 1997, I have been lucky to play with some extremely talented cricketers, so receiving this honour makes me feel very privileged. I am fortunate to have some great memories since I joined the club and hope that there will be many more to come."