A Durham legend and giant of the domestic game, Chris bowls right-arm fast-medium. He made his debut in county cricket for Northumberland against Suffolk in 2004 in the Minor Counties Championship before being given his Durham debut in a 50-over match against Sri Lanka A in the same season. He was released by Durham in 2006 but never lost the belief that he could play first-class cricket. Fast forward to 2013 and Chris stood before his fellow professionals as the PCA Player of the Year, the top wicket-taker in Division One of the Championship. His rise helped Durham win the Championship in 2013 and nothing compared to his performance against Northamptonshire as the season drew to a close – his match figures of 15 for 95 from 20 overs, including nine in the first innings – achieved within a single day. Chris took the Durham record for most wickets in a match.
Consistency has followed season after season- highlights including another devastating haul in 2018 against Sussex where he took 8 for 51. In August 2020, he reached the significant milestone of 500 first class wickets – a fitting milestone for this north east legend.
Chris loves spending time with his family – with two kids and three dogs, a lot of time is spent on outdoor adventures. Chris has recently started a course to become financial advisor with NextGen Planners and is hoping to be qualified before playing times comes to an end. Giving back to the community, Chris holds ambassador roles for two charities, ‘The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust’, and ‘The Great North Children’s Hospital’ and he is always looking for new challenges to support these charities.