Wednesday 12 September 2007 

Darren Thomas Announces Retirement

Essex’s Darren Thomas has announced his decision to retire from first-class cricket due to injury with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old picked up an injury to his shoulder at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai in February that never recovered sufficiently to allow him to bowl for the County’s 1st XI. The fast-medium bowler, who joined Essex from Glamorgan on a one-year contract last December, was able to play for the 2nd XI as a batsman and, latterly, as captain.

Essex Physio Mark Thomas explained: “Darren developed a tear to the cartilage in his right shoulder prior to the start of this season. Vigorous rehab along with therapeutic injections has failed to resolve this issue, preventing him from bowling. It is expected he will have surgery at the end of the season.”

David East told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk): “It’s been a very frustrating year for Darren Thomas. He came to us with high hopes but unfortunately the shoulder injury he picked up pre-season in Chennai has meant that he has missed the whole season. The Club wish him well in his future career.”

Darren Thomas told the Essex CCC website:

“I would like to thank Essex County Cricket Club for the opportunity they gave me to play for them. I had massive ambitions to continue playing for another three to four years when I arrived but injury has unfortunately put an end to my career.

“I would particularly like to thank David East, the Essex members and the coaching staff (Paul Grayson, John Childs and Graham Gooch) for their support. My time with the 2nd XI has been really enjoyable and I hope I have been able to pass on my experience to the youngsters.

“Essex has a great crop of young players coming through and I wish the Club every success in the future.”

Thomas ends his career on 169 first-class appearances, in which he scored 3977 runs @ 20.93 and took 504 wickets @ 31.79. In addition, Thomas also excelled in one-day cricket, taking 171 wickets @ 27.29 in ‘List A’ matches. The Morriston-born cricketer played his part in Glamorgan winning the County Championship in 1997 and the National League in both 2002 and 2004.

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