Collymore moves from Sussex, will replace Collins at Middlesex

Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore has signed to switch from Sussex to Middlesex in the English County Competitions. The right-arm seamer will replace his former team-mate Pedro Collins. The two, who are neighbors in Boscobel village in the northern parish of St Peter in Barbados, played together for Barbados and West Indies between 1999 and 2006.

Collins, the 34-year-old left-arm pacer who has taken 478 wickets in his first-class career, is leaving as he no longer fits the criteria to qualify as a Kolpak player. This was outlined by Middlesex. This paved the way for Collymore to move to the London based county where he will play most of his cricket at Lord’s. The 32-year-old right-arm seamer who has been Sussex’s leading wicket-taker in the County Championship this year, with 57 wickets at an average of 19.87 each. Earlier this season he took the 400th wicket of his first-class career.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving Sussex but it is the best decision for me and my family. I’m fortunate to have played for a very successful club over the last few years. The atmosphere has been great. I’m hoping that the transition to Middlesex will be as smooth as when I moved from Barbados to Sussex,” Collymore said.

In his international career for West Indies, Collymore took 93 wickets in 30 Test matches and 83 wickets in 84 One-Day Internationals. Collins played 32 Tests between 1999 and 2006 and took 106 wickets. He also played 30 ODIs and took 39 wickets.