Cricket: Bainbridge is captain

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The Independent Online
DURHAM have appointed the 35-year-old all-rounder, Phil Bainbridge, as their captain in succession to his former Gloucestershire team-mate, David Graveney, who will be vice-captain next season.

Their director of cricket, Geoff Cook, said: 'David has had the hardest task in cricket over the last two years. The fact that we have twice finished bottom has nothing to do with our decision. At 40 David is coming to the end of his career and we need someone to bring some continuity.'

Durham have also named Alan Wright, the BBC Radio Cleveland presenter, as chief executive. Nottinghamshire have released Mark Saxelby at his own request. Saxelby, feels his chances of a regular place as an opener are limited.