Bowling coach Barnes exits County Ground to join Lewis at Surrey
GLOUCESTERSHIRE have lost a second valuable member of the County Ground staff to Surrey in the space of a year after bowling coach Stuart Barnes elected to move to The Oval.
A highly-rated coach, Barnes, pictured, has left Nevil Road to team up with former Gloucestershire captain and seam bowler Jon Lewis at Division One outfit Surrey.
Responsible for developing many of Gloucestershire's outstanding bowlers during the past decade, he will be a hard act to follow.
A Gloucestershire player between 1989 and 1991, Barnes returned to the county in 1997 as a recreational cricket coach and then worked as academy director and second XI coach. He was later promoted to director of cricket with John Bracewell's first-team staff, since when he has been responsible for nurturing talented young bowlers such as Jamaal Hussain, David Payne, Ian Saxelby and Liam Norburn.
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It is not yet clear whether cash-strapped Gloucestershire will be able to fund a replacement, but Bracewell admitted: "It is with regret and sadness that we see the departure of Stuart.
"He has been at the club for a long time, serving as a player then community coach and latterly as my assistant and bowling coach.
"It is as a bowling coach that Stuart has really shone, guiding many of our young pace bowlers through to becoming formidable first-class cricketers.
"This has undoubtedly been our strength in the last seven to eight years and Stuart will be missed."
Barnes further enhanced his reputation when working on a six-week sabbatical with the Bangladesh national squad towards the end of last season, after which Surrey made their move.
Barnes said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed working as fast bowling coach for Gloucestershire and the flexibility shown by the club in allowing me to gain experience coaching in Bangladesh and with England Lions has proved invaluable.
"I would like to thank John Bracewell, in particular, for supporting my work requests outside of the club and also the entire coaching staff for their support.
"I am very much looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead, working with Surrey. There are understandably very high expectations at The Oval and working with (director of cricket) Chris Adams, all the coaches and the players is something that excites me a lot."