County Cricket 2012 September 15, 2012

Jon Batty announces retirement

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Jon Batty, the Gloucestershire and former Surrey wicketkeeper, has announced his retirement from professional cricket.

Batty, 38, played his last game against Leicestershire in the final round of the County Championship matches to end three years with Gloucestershire having played the majority of his career at Surrey. His final season was not overly productive with 256 runs in eight Championship matches at 28.44.

"It's with great sadness that the moment has come for me to call time on my career," Batty said. "I've had an amazing 18 years playing first-class cricket and living the dream. My mind is full of wonderful memories that will last forever.

"I'd like to thank Gloucestershire for the last three years. I hope I've been a positive influence and helped the side develop as they build towards a return to the top flight in the future. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me, both on and off the field, over the years."

Gloucestershire's director of cricket John Bracewell said: "Jon has been a model professional in his time with us. His positive attitude on and off the field has been tremendous and he can leave the game with his head held high. He is the consummate team player."

Batty made his first-class debut in 1994 and ends with 9673 runs at 31.50 including 20 hundreds along with 2992 runs in one-day cricket and 656 in Twenty20. With the gloves to claimed more than 650 dismissals in the first-class game.

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  • Andy on September 18, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Top player - top man! Really should've played ODI's for England.

  • Michael on September 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I was quite bemused when Surrey let him go, because he was so Surrey- like the guy no-one in his right mind would get rid of. I am still not sure whether it was wise given how some of Davies' form has been. Great servant for us and I wish him well.

  • Mark on September 17, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    After his first season I rather thought that this was the worst signing that Gloucestershire had ever made. His lack of any kind of form unbalanced the side and forced Gloucestershire to pick a young player who was struggling as an opener to take the gloves too. Since then he has really struggled to get regular cricket at all. That said, when England were casting around for a wicket-keeper in 2003, it is very odd that Jon Batty did not get get closer to the job: he could bat anywhere from 1-8 and was scoring a lot of runs and very effective in limited overs cricket. People close to the Surrey side then were puzzled too that he was never seriously considered as a reserve 'keeper on tour or in an ODI squad.

  • Edward on September 17, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Thanks for the runs, the memories and the trophies Jon, a smashing keeper and one of the doughtiest batsmen of your generation.

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