22 years at the Riverside
Durham County Cricket chief executive Tim Bostock has praised Jon Lewis’ “hard work, dedication and outstanding commitment” after it was announced that the head coach is to end his 22-year association with the club.
Lewis joined Durham from Essex in 1997 and was appointed captain in 2000, featuring in 146 first-class matches before retiring in 2006.
His haul of 7,854 first-class runs remains the third-highest for the county.
Upon retiring from playing, Lewis moved straight onto the coaching staff at the Riverside, and as second XI coach played a key role in the development of youth players including Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings.
He was installed as firstteam coach midway through the 2013 season and went on to steer Durham to their third County Championship title before being given the job on a permanent basis.
Lewis won the Royal London One-Day Cup a year later and led the Durham Jets to their first T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston in 2016.
But following a review of cricket operations at the Emirates ICG by new director of cricket Marcus North and CEO Bostock, Lewis has decided to leave the club to pursue a new challenge either in the UK or overseas.
“We wish Jon all the very best in the future and every success in his next career move,” said Bostock.
“I would like to thank him for his hard work, dedication and outstanding commitment to Durham.
“Jon will always be welcome back here at Emirates Riverside.”