Muchall, who gained England Under-19 honours, initially established himself in 2004 when he topped Durham’s batting averages with 970 County Championship runs at 36.
He struggled to kick on in four-day cricket thereafter and was not involved as the north-east county claimed a maiden LV= County Championship crown in 2008.
However, he did make 11 starts as Durham retained their crown the following year, and by 2011 he had re-established himself as a regular in all forms of the game.
That season saw him collect 836 first-class runs, including a wonderful 175 against Worcestershire, yet it was his form in the Clydesdale Bank 40 that really caught the eye. Five fifties in nine appearances helped him to average 68.
Muchall was once again impressive in limited-overs cricket the following season, but endured a torrid time in first-class action, averaging a meagre 9.61 in seven games.