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West Indies' Corey Collymore to leave Middlesex

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Sep 21, 2013 at 10:11pm IST

Former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore is to leave Middlesex after the Lord's-based county announced Saturday they would not be offering the 35-year-old a new contract.

Collymore has spent three season playing for Middlesex, helping the club win the Second Division County Championship title in 2011 and taking 86 wickets in 33 first-class appearances at an average of 29.03.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said Collymore, who played 30 Tests for the West Indies between 1999-2007 and has also had spells in county cricket with Warwickshire and Sussex, was being released to give the London club's young fast bowlers a chance of first-team cricket.

West Indies' Corey Collymore to leave Middlesex

Collymore is to leave Middlesex after the Lord's-based county announced they would not be offering the 35-year-old a new contract.

"It is not a coincidence that Corey's three years at Middlesex CCC came during a period when the club has made considerable progress," former England seamer Fraser said in a Middlesex statement.

"He is a wonderful pro and an exceptional man. He is proud, honest, hard-working and has set a wonderful example to our young and seasoned cricketers. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

"At Middlesex CCC we are fortunate enough to have a number of talented young fast bowlers who need to be pushing for 1st-class cricket. The challenge for them is to seamlessly fill the hole created by Corey's departure.

"Like Middlesex's previous Barbadian cricketers -- Wayne Daniel, Desmond Haynes, Roland Butcher and Pedro Collins -- Corey will always be welcome at Lord's," Fraser added.

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