Played first class cricket for Oxford University before joining Leicestershire in 1994.
Was made vice-captain of the county in 2002 but left Leicestershire to join Lancashire for the 2003 season.
A prolific batsman at county level, Sutcliffe heads a talented batting line-up at Lancashire.
Has scored a double hundred, against Glamorgan in 2001, and was named Leicestershire Player of the Year in 2002.
Featured in all but two of Lancashire's County Championship matches in 2005 as they won the Division Two title and was the second leading run-scorer with 1,007, including two hundreds and seven half-centuries.
An ever-present in the championship side the following season, he found first-team opportunities harder to come by in 2007, and joined Northamptonshire on a month's loan in August after playing just three championship games.