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24th November 2023 News

Graham Onions returns to Durham as Lead Bowling Coach

Durham Cricket is delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Onions as the club’s new Lead Bowling Coach as of January 2024.

Onions returns to Durham from Lancashire where he currently is Bowling Coach, a role he has held since 2021.

A Durham legend, Onions spent 14-years as a professional in the North East, taking a record 527 first-class wickets, becoming Durham’s all-time leading wicket taker in first-class cricket – a scalp eventually broken by Chris Rushworth in 2021.

His career at Durham, was one of huge success, encompassing three County Championship titles between 2008 and 2013 and playing his part in Durham’s One Day Cup Final win against Hampshire at Lord’s in 2014.

Onions’ 9/67 against Nottinghamshire remains his career best figures, which came during the 2012 season, en route to a season’s haul of 72 wickets.

The 41-year-old has been part of Lancashire’s coaching staff as full-time bowling coach for three years, following his retirement during the 2020 season after spending three years with Lancashire as a player. He has also acted as Head Coach of the 50 over side throughout Lancashire’s one-day cup campaigns over the last two years.

On joining Durham, Onions said: “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to come back to the county where it all started as a player.

“I am really looking forward to working with a talented group of players and also the opportunity to develop my own coaching with some exciting coaches. After an excellent season it’s very much building on the success. “

Director of Cricket, Marcus North added: “We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Onions as our Lead Bowling Coach.”

“Graham is a highly regarded coach within the game who brings an incredible amount of knowledge and skills.

“Undoubtingly, his 14-year playing career at Durham and understanding of our club’s culture and the North East cricketing landscape is a huge advantage in his arrival back to Durham.

“We have a very exciting group of bowlers at Durham, and we believe this appointment is key in the development and success of this group. Graham will also play a play a leading role with Nathan Rimmington in overseeing our pathway talent.”

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