County news June 28, 2011

Steffan Jones announces retirement

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Steffan Jones, the Derbyshire bowler, will retire at the end of the season to take up a teaching position as head of cricket at a Somerset school.

Jones, 37, moved into the role of Derbyshire's bowling coach last month after the clear out of backroom staff at the club and has continued to be a regular presence in the team especially in one-day cricket.

Jones fits into the 'journeyman' category of county cricketer having also had stints with Northamptonshire, Somerset and Kent since making his professional debut in 1994. Derbyshire offered him a new deal for the 2012 season, but Jones has decided it is time to move on.

"I am very grateful for the offer made by Derbyshire and I know they did everything they could to persuade me to stay," he said. "But the opportunity of being head of cricket at a prestigious school and returning back to my family home is too good for me to miss."

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