England’s Darren Stevens announces his retirement at the age of 46

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Darren Stevens Retirement News

English County-cricket all-rounder Darren Stevens announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 46.

After joining Leicestershire in 2005, Stevens has enjoyed some of his finest moments in recent years with both bat and ball.

His career-best score was 237, in the same game he took five wickets in an innings against Yorkshire in 2019. He took 29 wickets in the same season with a brilliant average of just over 15.5 in the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy.

Stevens was the part of Leicestershire winning team in 2004 and repeated again with Kent in 2007 and 2021. He has honoured with the Wisden Cricketer of the Year for his brilliant all-round show with the county last year.

He recently sustained a calf injury during the match against Glamorgan Royal London Cup and is unlikely to play again this season, having part of only 5 LV= Insurance County Championship matches in 2022.

“It’s bittersweet that my time at Kent has finally come to an end after such a long run and where I am so proud to have lived out my boyhood dream with such a phenomenal club. The memories will stay with me forever,” Stevens said.

“I have been fortunate to have played with some of the greats of the game and created lifelong friendships. I am so grateful for being able to do what I love for so long and during that time achieve so many success stories for both myself and the club.

“There are so many people to thank that contributed to my time here, David Fulton and Simon Willis for giving me the opportunity to represent the club back in 2005. Keysie (Rob Key) for giving me the new ball and beginning my bowling career. All my team-mates over the years, and the Kent employees that have helped me in all different ways.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter but looking back I am very proud of the one I’ve just completed.”

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