Northamptonshire September 7, 2004

Toby Bailey released by Northants

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Toby Bailey: leaving Wantage Road © Getty Images

Toby Bailey has been released by Northamptonshire after ten years on the staff. And when he leaves at the end of the season, he plans to quit cricket entirely.

Bailey, 28, took over the gloves from David Ripley in 2001, but lost his place to Gerard Brophy, who is more competent as a batsman - although Bailey himself has a first-class hundred to his name.

"It is unlikely I will continue to play cricket," Bailey told Northamptonshire's official website. "This will give me an opportunity to try another career."

Adam Shantry is also set to leave Northants to join Warwickshire. Shantry, a 21-year-old seamer who took four wickets with successive balls during a second XI game against Warwickshire, has signed a two-year-contract.

"Adam has been given a brilliant opportunity," said Mark Tagg, Northamptoshire's chief executive. "We wish him all the best for the future."