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Taunton-born all-rounder Wes Durston joined Derbyshire in 2010 and quickly became an integral part of both the Club’s limited overs and four-day sides.
Durston began his career with hometown side Somerset and become a regular part of their middle order by 2006. The previous year had been something of a breakthrough year as he played in seven Championship games and was an ever-present in Somerset’s victorious Twenty20 cup campaign.
He had shown promise ever since his debut in 2002 with a brisk 45-ball 55 against West Indies A, but after eight seasons at the county Durston lost his contract in 2009.
He signed up with the Unicorns - the ECB's Recreational XI of the best un-contracted players in the country - and smashed 117 from just 68 deliveries to lead his team to a record run chase as they reached 326 to beat Sussex in a Clydesdale Bank 40 clash in May 2010.
That innings put Durston on the radar once again and he was duly signed by Derbyshire for their domestic Twenty20 campaign. After blazing a club record 111 off 59 deliveries against Nottinghamshire he was offered a full-time contract.
In the following two seasons he hit five first-class centuries as well as taking 60 wickets in all cricket. He passed 1,000 first-class runs in one season for the first time in 2011 and was Derbyshire's second highest Championship run-scorer with 801 in the promotion winning 2012 season.
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