Gareth Breese

Gareth Breese

Shirt Number 70
Squad number: 70
Durham Representative No.: 82
Role: Right Arm Off-Spin, Right Hand Bat
Gareth Breese

Brief bio

Twitter - @GBreese70
Date of birth - 9 January 1976 Montego Bay, Jamaica
Durham First Class Debut - April 2004 v Derbyshire (away)

Along with his good friend Gordon Muchall, Gareth Breese has been awarded a benefit year for 2014.

The experienced West Indian is a hugely popular character at Emirates Durham ICG, and has proved to be a very shrewd signing since his arrival in the North East over a decade ago.

Limited to just three first class appearances last season, the diminutive off-spinner has been used as a limited overs specialist in recent years but remains a very useful four day player, with nearly 300 wickets and four centuries to his name.

"Breesy" is a big asset to the county, as he spends a lot of time coaching the young players at the club to help develop the next generation of Durham cricketers.

He played a solitary test for West Indies in 2002 against India, but perhaps his highlights in the game have been an unbeaten 165 in a dramatic one wicket win over Somerset in 2004, and a century that helped Durham to their maiden Championship title four years later.