22 years at the River­side

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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.”

Jon Lewis.

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