Gareth Breese: Durham veteran shuns One-Day Cup 'swansong'

Gareth Breese
Breese, who is in his benefit year at Durham, played Test cricket for West Indies and captained Jamaica

Durham all-rounder Gareth Breese wants his farewell One-Day Cup final for Durham against Warwickshire to be remembered for the team's achievement.

Breese, 38, has been involved in the first team since 2004 and has become a favourite at Chester-le-Street, but will retire after the current season.

He was also part of Durham's 2007 Friends Provident Trophy winning team.

"People have been talking about my last game but I want to take the focus off me." Breese told BBC Newcastle.

"I've always been a team player and that's most important.

Ottis Gibson and Gareth Breese
Ottis Gibson and Gareth Breese (right) celebrate Durham's 2007 Friends Provident Trophy victory at Lord's.

"It's been a real team performance in this one-day competition - it hasn't always gone to plan but we've always put our hands up when needed.

"Forget what happens to me, if the team wins I'll have a great time and if we put on a good show I'll have a good time too.

"I just want to enjoy the day."

That 2007 success, also at Lord's, was the first major silverware installed at Chester-le-Street and proved a kickstart for the youngest first-class county to challenge for further success.

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The Championship followed in 2008 and 2009, and again in 2013 as Geoff Cook and now Jon Lewis established Durham as a force in all formats.

"I think it was the trophy that put Durham on the map, people talk about the County Championship because that's what everybody aims to win," said Breese.

"But to win a first piece of silverware - especially at Lord's - really put Durham in recognition from everyone.

"I think it'll mean the world if the team can really pull it off, to have another trophy to add to what we've done over the last seven years would be deserved for the team."

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