DURHAM cricketer Gordon Muchall will swap stumps for studies after being offered a teaching post at his old school.
Batsman Gordon, 33, is to leave Durham County Cricket Club this summer, after 14 years, to take up the position of Head of Boys Sport at Bow School, Quarryheads Lane.
And the move is particularly significant for Gordon as Bow is the preparatory school for Durham School, where he a spent five years as a pupil, prior to becoming a professional cricketer.
A right-handed batsman and right arm medium pace bowler, he played for Durham for his entire career, scoring just short of 8000 first-class runs in the process and awarded his country cap in 2005.
Now, he will bring his sporting experience to bear across Bow’s three departments; the Badger Nursery, for children aged up to four, the pre-preparatory department for those aged from four to seven and the preparatory department for seven to 11-year-olds.
“I’m very much looking forward to it,” said Gordon. “I feel ready for a new challenge and this opportunity will give me the chance to share my love of sport in general with a whole new generation.”
600-year-old Durham School has produced a string of first class county cricketers, including Mike Roseberry, Phil and Robin Weston, Gordon and his brother Paul Muchall.
Head of Durham School, Kieran McLaughlin, who oversaw Gordon’s appointment, said: “Gordon’s life has been so intertwined with the county and the school that we are delighted to be welcoming him back.
“Durham School has a proud sporting heritage and we are great believers in the importance of early years coaching in a variety of sports.
“Gordon’s considerable enthusiasm and experience will be great assets to the school – and we’re very much looking forward to seeing him step up to the crease.”