Veteran Richardson to play on at Worcestershire

Worcestershire’s veteran seamer Alan Richardson has committed himself to a third season at New Road by signing a new one-year contract.

The 36-year-old has been outstanding form since he joined Worcestershire from Middlesex at the end of the 2009 season has decided to extend his stay having taken nine wickets in the County Championship win over Hampshire at New Road last week.

Richardson played an important part in Worcestershire’s return to the top flight of the County Championship last season when he took 55 wickets.

He is the only member of the county’s ‘Dad’s Army’ attack that started the season still standing after Damien Wright returned to Australia two weeks ago with a calf strain and Matt Mason announced his retirement from first-class cricket over the weekend because of persistent shoulder problems.

Richardson looked like he might be considering retirement when he spent the winter working as a sports coach at Shrewsbury School alongside former Worcestershire seamer Paul Pridgeon.

But Richardson spent three years out of the first-class game between being released by Derbyshire, his first county, in 1995 and being signed by Warwickshire for 1999.

He spent those intervening three years playing Minor Counties cricket for Staffordshire and for Little Stoke in the North Staffordshire/South Cheshire League as well as working part-time as a landscape gardener.

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