Burgoyne, Moore and Johnson leave Derbyshire CCC

Three of Derbyshire CCC’s cricketers have departed the County Ground mid-season.

Batsman Stephen Moore has retired from cricket with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old, the leading runscorer for the county this season at the time of his departure, has cited employment opportunities and family commitments as reasons for calling time.

Meanwhile, after an extended period of absence, Peter Burgoyne’s contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.

The 20-year-old Academy graduate, who plays for Denby CC, signed his first professional contract in 2012, going on to play five first-class and 13 limited-overs matches for the county.

Recently, in a move supported by Derbyshire and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), Peter announced he was taking a break from professional cricket for stress-related issues.

The third departure is that of 25-year-old wicketkeeper Richard Johnson.

He has played 18 first-class matches, as well as a further 17 appearances in Limited Overs formats.

Johnson took time out earlier in the season and - having successfully applied to commence a degree course at university - has decided a release from his full-time professional contract would enable him to focus on his forthcoming studies.