Clarke to leave the Bears at end of season

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has announced that all-rounder Rikki Clarke will leave Edgbaston when his contract finishes at the end of the current season, to join Surrey on a two-year deal.

The 35-year-old joined the club from Derbyshire in the 2008 season and has won all domestic competitions with the club. During this time, he made 131 First Class, 93 List A and 98 T20 appearances for the Bears.

"Rikki has been a great servant for the club and has enjoyed the most successful years of his career at Edgbaston, winning four domestic trophies across all formats."

Ashley Giles

Ashley Giles, Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Rikki has been a great servant for the club and has enjoyed the most successful years of his career at Edgbaston, winning four domestic trophies across all formats.

“We thank him for his contribution to Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears over the last nine seasons and everyone at the club wishes him the very best in the remainder of his playing career with Surrey.

“We are very much in a transition period as we look to rebuild the squad to challenge across all formats. With Rikki’s contract due to end, it provides a fantastic opportunity for our talented, young players to step up to the senior ranks and cement a place in the team, which we have seen recently in the NatWest T20 Blast. It also allows for further player recruitment in the near future.”

Speaking today, Rikki Clarke said: “I’ve had nine very good years at Warwickshire and would like to thank everyone there – but I’m really excited to be coming home to Surrey.

“I would like to wish everyone at Edgbaston the very best for the future as I begin this next chapter in my career.”