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MIDDLESEX TO RELEASE NATHAN SOWTER AT END OF CONTRACT

MIDDLESEX CRICKET TO RELEASE NATHAN SOWTER AT THE END OF THE SEASON

Middlesex Cricket can today announce that leg-spinner Nathan Sowter will leave the Club at the end of the season, upon expiry of his existing contract.

Sowter, 29, is currently on loan at the Riverside Ground until 16th July, representing Durham for the remainder of this season’s Vitality Blast campaign and is also available for selection in red-ball cricket.

Sowter has made 106 appearances for Middlesex - 13 in First-Class cricket and 93 in the two white-ball formats, taking 127 wickets in all.

This season he has yet to feature for Middlesex’s first eleven in either the County Championship or the Vitality Blast, with others in the squad preferred for selection ahead of him.

Speaking of Sowter being released from the Club, Head of Men’s Performance Cricket, Alan Coleman, commented:

“Sometimes in professional sport you are faced with making tough decisions, and letting Nathan leave the Club is certainly one of those times.

“He has been an outstanding servant for Middlesex since making his debut at Lord's back in 2015 and has always been a popular member within the dressing room, however as a Club we need to look forwards at the squad we are trying to build.

“We are in the process of building for the future and are extremely fortunate to have several very talented young players within the squad who are in the early stages of their careers. With the right tutelage and coaching, these players will develop into fine cricketers who can go on to represent this Club for many years to come, helping us to build a successful future for Middlesex on the field.

“For these youngsters to flourish and develop to their full potential they need game-time and match experience, and that can only be gained by selecting them ahead of others and giving them the opportunities they need.

“No one likes to see good cricketers leave the Club, and Nathan undoubtedly is, however we need to make decisions based on the future of Middlesex and on the side we are trying to build here, and that sadly has an impact on others in the squad.

“Releasing Nathan is not a decision we have made lightly. He is a fine cricketer, and we hope he continues to have a successful playing career in the game. We wish him every success for the future and thank him for all he has achieved for Middlesex Cricket."

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