Corey Collymore, the former West Indian fast bowler, was signed by Middlesex CCC in 2011 to add consistency and quality to the team’s inexperienced bowling attack. Collymore, born in Barbados on 21 December 1977, was 33 when he joined the club but his ageing legs rarely prevented him from being available for selection. In his first season with Middlesex he took 49 wickets at an average of 26.3 and conceded just 2.8 runs pre over.
Collymore’s consistently challenging bowling was one of the principle reasons why Middlesex gained promotion to Division 1 by winning the Division 2 title. The control he gave to a side made him a captain’s dream. It wasn’t just on the field where he provided a good influence. Collymore played a positive role in the early development of Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones. In three seasons at the club he took 86 first-class wickets at an average of 29.