Richard­son and Bears part af­ter dis­as­trous year

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

WAR­WICK­SHIRE are on the hunt for a new bowl­ing coach af­ter Alan Richard­son left the club by mu­tual con­sent.

Richard­son, 42, joined the Bears in Jan­uary 2014 at the end of a long and suc­cess­ful play­ing ca­reer which in­cluded spells with War­wick­shire and Mid­dle­sex be­fore ar­riv­ing at New Road, Worces­ter­shire.

Dur­ing his four sea­sons as bowl­ing coach at Edg­bas­ton, Richard­son has been part of a squad and coach­ing group that has en­joyed con­tin­ued suc­cess, in­clud­ing win­ning the T20 Blast in 2014 and lift­ing the One-Day Cup in 2016.

Richard­son said: “I would like to thank all the play­ers, staff and mem­bers for their sup­port dur­ing my time back at the club. It has been an ex­pe­ri­ence I’ll never for­get and to have reached two Lord’s fi­nals and three T20 fi­nals days in four sea­sons makes it all the more mem­o­rable. I wish ev­ery­one in­volved with War­wick­shire all the best for the fu­ture.”

For all of War­wick­shire’s suc­cess with the white ball, they were rel­e­gated from Di­vi­sion One of the County Cham­pi­onship by 61 points this year, los­ing nine of their 14 Cham­pi­onship matches, five of them by an in­nings. They also picked up just 32 bowl­ing points, the low­est in the top tier.

Ash­ley Giles, sport di­rec­tor at War­wick­shire added: “We would like to thank Ri­cho for his con­tri­bu­tion to the club over the last four years. He is an ex­tremely pop­u­lar mem­ber of staff and has been part of a coach­ing team that has en­joyed suc­cess in the T20 Blast in 2014 and One-Day Cup in 2016 and we wish him the very best as he moves on to his next chal­lenge.”

Richard­son ar­rived at Edg­bas­ton in 1999 from Mi­nor Coun­ties cricket, where he played for Stafford­shire.

He then spent five years with Mid­dle­sex from 2005 be­fore mov­ing to Worces­ter­shire in 2010 where he took 254 wick­ets in four sea­sons.

Richard­son was voted as one of Wis­den’s five crick­eters of the year in 2012, when he took 73 County Cham­pi­onship wick­ets at the age of 36 to help keep the Pears in Di­vi­sion One.

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