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4th September 2010

Neil Killeen announces his retirement

The 34 year old from Annfield Plain made his debut for Durham in 1995 aged 20 and since then has made 226 one day appearances for his county in addition to playing in over a hundred first class and 45 Twenty20 matches.

Killeen was part of the team that secured Durham CCC’s historic first piece of silverware, the Friends Provident Trophy, in 2007 when the Dynamos beat Hampshire Hawks in the final at Lord’s.

Having spent his career at Durham Neil will now focus on various coaching opportunities and will continue to be involved with the Club in this capacity as he looks to share his experience with the up and coming members of the dressing room.  

On his retirement Neil Killeen said, “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.

“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.  I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the players, staff and members for their support over the years.”

Head Coach Geoff Cook said, “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.  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.”

Durham CCC Chief Executive, David Harker, said, “Neil’s contribution to Durham CCC has been one of real dedication, on and off the field.  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.”