Derbyshire County Cricket Club has today released all-rounder Jonathan Clare, with immediate effect.
Born in Lancashire and starting his career in that county, the 29-year-old has played for the Derbyshire 2nd XI since 2005. His performances were good enough to earn him a first-class debut against local rivals Nottinghamshire in 2007, a match in which he took five wickets.
Having received his first cap for Derbyshire in 2012, Clare was an integral part of the side that won the Division Two title, taking a ten-wicket haul against Glamorgan that season. More recently, however, Clare has been sidelined by injury.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “Jonathan has worked extremely hard over the last two years to overcome a back injury which saw him return to the first-class game earlier this summer.
“He has shown a real determination to return to action but with the number of young players coming through, both Jonathan and we felt it was the right time for him to look for regular first team action elsewhere. We wish him all the best for the future.”
In all, Clare made 136 appearances for the Club in all formats. He made 57 first-class appearances for the county claiming 154 wickets, including career-best figures of 7/74, and scoring 1,725 runs, including two centuries.
He also featured in 41 List A matches and 37 Twenty20 fixtures for the Club, claiming 39 wickets and scoring over 500 runs across the two formats.
Clare added: “I would like to thank the Club and the Members for their support during my time at Derbyshire.
“It’s been a pleasure to represent the Club but it is now time for a new challenge and I’m looking forward to continuing my career.”