Hampshire have decided not to renew the contract of fast bowler Billy Taylor, the former Sussex player leaving the club at the 2009 season.
Hampshire-born Taylor made his first-class debut in 1999 with Sussex, returning to Hampshire in 2004 and earning his county cap in 2006.
"I have had six fantastic years at Hampshire and would like to thank all the players and coaching staff for their support," Taylor said.
"I would really like to thank the fans, who have all been so supportive of me and I will miss them singing my name and giving me such a warm welcome on and off the field, it truly has meant so much to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club and will take away some great memories. I plan to stay involved in cricket and hope to be a regular visitor to The Rose Bowl in years to come."
Hampshire Chairman Rod Bransgrove added:
"On behalf of Hampshire Cricket and all our Members and spectators, I would like to thank Billy for his contribution to our Club. Billy has been a real crowd favourite and I know he will be missed by many. However, together with Giles White, we have decided that our bowling focus lies elsewhere and we have agreed with Billy that now is the right time to part ways. We all wish Billy every success in his future career and hope to see him on a regular basis visiting his many friends here at The Rose Bowl."
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