Published: 30th July, 2020
Surrey County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that veteran all-rounder Rikki Clarke has been granted a testimonial year in 2021.
Clarke, 38, is currently in his second spell for the Club having initially signed as a young player in 2002.
In all formats he has so far taken 319 wickets and scored 7,761 runs. He was part of the Club’s County Championship winning sides in both 2002 and 2018 and also lifted the Twenty20 Cup in 2003. He served as Club vice captain earlier in his career and is currently preparing to lead Surrey into action in the Bob Willis Trophy.
On top of a stellar domestic career, Clarke has also played two Tests and 20 One Day Internationals for England. He is the latest recipient of a Surrey testimonial after recent awards were made to Gareth Batty (2017) and Jade Dernbach (2019).
Speaking this week, Rikki Clarke said: “I’m really honoured that Surrey have given me this recognition. It’s a historic Club and one I have always felt proud to be a part of.
“Starting my career here under Adam Hollioake was an amazing experience and when I returned in 2017 it really felt like I was coming back to my cricketing home.
“I’d like to thank all the Members of Surrey for the support they’ve shown me over the years as well as my incredible family and all my team mates and coaches over the years.
“Particular thanks for the award of this testimonial should go to our Director of Cricket Alec Stewart and Chairman Richard Thompson, both of whom I have worked alongside for a long while.
“My focus is currently on trying to get the most out of the 2020 season and winning both the Bob Willis Trophy and the Vitality Blast. However, after that I look forward to working with my committee to plan and execute a great year of events – I hope to see as many Surrey fans as possible there!”
Richard Thompson, Chairman of Surrey CCC, added: “Rikki is one of the most popular and respected players at the Club and a very well-deserved recipient of this award. Having ‘come home’, the impact Rikki made in our Championship winning year in 2018 won’t be forgotten.
“I hope we can all enjoy a full year of events, supporting one of Surrey’s finest modern all-rounders.”