Friday 15 August 2008 

Iain Sutcliffe Announces Retirement From Cricket

Day four of the drawn “Roses” Championship match at Old Trafford was the last time Lancashire batsman Iain Sutcliffe took to the field after announcing his retirement from first-class cricket with immediate effect.

Iain started his career at Leicestershire, where he was part of the Championship winning teams in 1996 and 1998 and he joined Lancashire in 2003 and became an integral part of a formidable top order.

Sutcliffe, 33, has been presented with some exciting options away from cricket and has decided that this is the right time to pursue these.

Sutcliffe explained, "It’s been a great honour to play for a tremendous club like Lancashire. I’ve had six fantastic seasons at Old Trafford and everyone at the club has been extremely supportive during this time.

"But I’ve been presented with some opportunities away from cricket, and I’m at a stage in my life where I need to explore these at the earliest opportunity."

Cricket Manager Mike Watkinson added: "Iain has been a great servant for the club and a model professional during his six seasons at Lancashire. He is a positive influence on the entire squad and an outstanding club man both on and off the field

"It’s a difficult decision to retire from a sport you love, but Iain knows he has the backing of everyone at the club and we wish him well with his future endeavours."

Sutcliffe managed three and four in the match which was drawn with bad weather blighting the fixture.