Published: 8th January, 2020
Stuart Meaker has left Surrey County Cricket Club to join Sussex on an initial two-year contract.
Meaker was originally contracted at The Kia Oval until the end of the 2020 season but Director of Cricket Alec Stewart has agreed to release the 30-year-old early in order to allow him to pursue first-team opportunities at Hove.
The seamer is a product of the Surrey Academy and Cranleigh School, making his senior debut for the Club back in 2008 and immediately becoming known for his express pace.
After cementing a place in the first eleven across all formats in 2010, his form earned him a call-up for England’s ODI series in India in October 2011 – playing two of the five matches.
He claimed a career-best 64 wickets in the 2012 domestic season and earned his Surrey cap before he was back in an England shirt that December as the Three Lions returned to India. Meaker dismissed Virat Kohli in both games as a two match T20 series ended 1-1.
He continued to be a pivotal member of Surrey’s attack in the years following but injuries and competition for places have limited his first team opportunities in the last two campaigns, making just eight appearances across all formats since the end of the 2017 season.
He leaves Surrey with 348 wickets and 1569 runs to his name. The bowler has also been a key figure in the dressing room, often representing the entire squad at PCA meetings.
Meaker was keen to thank the Club and its Members for the support he has received throughout his time at The Kia Oval, stating: “I am undoubtedly grateful to Surrey for the opportunities and memories I’ve had at the club since I was 13. I have been fortunate to have played alongside some of the greats of the game and in front of some of the best crowds the game has to offer.
“While I’ve loved being a part of the wider squad and their successes the last few seasons, I feel now is the time for me to seek opportunities to get more regular game time and get back to enjoying the game that I love. Thanks to everyone, staff and supporters, who have been part of my journey at this great Club.”
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said: “On behalf of everyone at Surrey I’d like to thank Stuart for the service and contribution he has given to the Club since he started as a 13-year-old in our age group system before progressing onto our professional staff in 2008.
“It’s always sad to see one of our own players leave especially someone like Stuart who has been a big part of the Club. We wish him all the best at Sussex and hope this move can give him the opportunity to kick start his career again.”