Durham seamer Neil Killeen has announced his retirement from domestic cricket, and Durham's Clydesdale Bank 40 clash against Kent at Chester-le-Street will mark his final appearance for the county. Already a qualified coach, he will continue to be involved with the club as part of the coaching staff.
"It was a tough decision to call time on my career but I'm incredibly excited about the opportunities ahead of me especially those that will see me continue to work alongside some of the quality talent we have here at Durham," said Killeen. "I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the players, staff and members for their support over the years."
Killeen made his Durham debut in 1995, aged just 20, and has since made over one hundred first-class appearances for the county, as well as playing in 226 one-day games - taking over 300 wickets in the fomat - and 45 Twenty20s.
He came close to an England call-up in 2000 before suffering an ankle ligament injury and was part of the team that secured Durham's historic first piece of silverware, the Friends Provident Trophy, in 2007 when they beat Hampshire in the competition's final at Lord's.
"I've had a wonderful career at Durham and enjoyed every minute of it. My absolute highlight has to be winning the Friends Provident Trophy at Lord's, it was great seeing the hard work of so many people coming into fruition - it was a massive achievement for the team and that weekend is something I will always remember."
"I've enjoyed watching Neil play cricket throughout his career and for him to retire as the leading wicket taker for Durham in one day cricket is certainly an accolade that is much deserved," said Geoff Cook, Durham's head coach. "He has worked extremely hard to give his best to the team and the club over the last 16 years and I'd like to wish him all the best with his future projects."
"Neil's contribution to Durham CCC has been one of real dedication, on and off the field," added David Harker, the county's chief executive. "We have been lucky to have him in our set up and while it's sad to see him retiring we're pleased that he will maintain his links with the club."