Surrey opener Mark Stoneman has joined the Middlesex County Cricket Club, the club announced on Wednesday. The 34-year old has signed a three-year contract with the club after leaving Surrey.
He would be moving to Lord’s on loan for the remaining season before permanently switching the club. The left-handed batsman will be available for the Club’s final four County Championship matches of this season. He will start representing Middlesex in all formats of the game effective from next season.
The opening batsman joins Middlesex after spending five seasons with Surrey at the Kia Oval. He will now be representing his new club until at least the 2024 season.
Mark Stoneman has scored 24 centuries, 61 half-centuries, and a total of 11,759 runs in his 204 first-class matches to date at an average of 33.98. Furthermore, he has also accumulated close to 4,500 runs across 168 matches in List A and T20 cricket at 39.13. He has played over 150 white-ball games for two of his former county clubs. The batsman has represented England in 11 Test matches between 2017 and 2018, scoring five half-centuries. Moreover, Stoneman has aggregated 1342 runs in 77 T20s.
He has 31 career hundreds under his belt, scoring 24 of them in the first-class game and seven in List-A cricket. His seventh List-A cricket ton came in the Durham vs Surrey Royal London Cup semi-final at Emirates Riverside, during which he smashed 117 runs.
After he finishes this season on loan at Middlesex, Stoneman will travel to Australia. He will then rejoin his Middlesex teammates in pre-season, ahead of the start of the 2022 season.
Mark Stoneman excited to join Middlesex
Upon signing the contract with Middlesex, the left-hander said: “I am really excited to be joining Middlesex. Playing at Lord’s is always a wonderful privilege and I’m delighted that it will be my home for the next three years.
“We have an exciting young squad and I hope I can help us achieve silverware over the next few seasons.”
Middlesex head coach Stuart Law said: “Having signed Mark on a three-year term, we look forward to welcoming him into the Middlesex family.
“Mark brings a wealth of experience from the cricket side of things, and it will be great to use that experience to drive our young batsmen forward.
“A tough, no-nonsense bloke who will form an experienced opening partnership with Sam Robson at the top of the order. We look forward to working with him in the years to come.
“This is a significant signing for us as we build a squad for future success here at Middlesex, and it won’t be the last signing we make before next season. There’ll be more to come on this in the coming weeks.”
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