Loyal Mason awarded testimonial by Worcestershire

Worcestershire have awarded their bowling coach and recently-retired seamer Matt Mason a testimonial year for 2012.

The 37-year-old former Western Australia player was forced to retire from first-class cricket in mid-season because of a shoulder injury but he took up a full-time coaching post with Worcestershire having previously worked in that capacity on a part-time basis.

“I am very grateful and proud to be offered a testimonial for 2012,” Mason said. “I was very fortunate to have a long and successful career as a player for Worcestershire.

“It is always nice to have your efforts and achievements recognised by your club and its supporters. I look forward to an enjoyable and successful 2012, and again wish to thank everyone at the club for supporting me.”

Mason joined Worcestershire in 2002 after he was spotted by the county’s then coach Tom Moody who saw him playing in Perth.

“Matt has been a very loyal and committed member of the club and is well respected by colleagues, members and supporters alike and fully deserves this testimonial,” said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale.

“I am sure he will continue to show the same dedication he displayed as a player in his new coaching role, and I am sure members and supporters will help Matt make his testimonial in 2012 a great success.”

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