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Moore leaving New Road

Batsman departs Worcestershire to further his England ambitions

Last Updated: 07/10/09 3:08pm

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Moore: On his way

Moore: On his way

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Worcestershire opener Stephen Moore has announced he will be activating the release clause in his contract with immediate effect.

The South Africa-born batsman has been at New Road since 2003 and signed a new three-year deal last year, but things haven't worked out with Moore averaging just over 27 in 14 championship matches, scoring one century.

Despite his disappointing season the 28-year-old remains on the fringes of the England set-up, playing against Australia twice during the summer for the Lions team, scoring 120 in the first match.

"Stephen has considered his position very carefully and has made the decision to move to another county," said Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton.

"Whilst we are very sorry to see him go, we wish him well and thank him for his contribution to Worcestershire Cricket.

"We are delighted the county has helped him to the fringe of full international honours and hope that he achieves his ultimate ambition in the years ahead."

While Moore was linked with Essex and Sussex at the end of the last season, there has been little interest in the player so far this time around.

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