Thursday 25 January 2007 

Martyn Ball Announces Retirement

Gloucestershire off-spinner Martyn Ball has announced his retirement from professional cricket today. Martyn has accepted a great opportunity to become sales director for UK & Europe with Real Estate Development Multinational, The Ginn Company.

The 36 year old played in 504 matches in all cricket for Gloucester, between 1988-2006, taking 704 wickets in total and scoring over 6,500 runs.

Ball said, “I have spent 19 fantastic years at Gloucestershire and have enjoyed becoming an integral part of a hugely successful one-day team. I would like to thank everyone involved along the way, from my first captain David Graveney through to the current captain Jon Lewis; the backroom staff and our fans who have provided fantastic support over the years.

Chief Executive Tom Richardson commented: “Obviously, we are all sad that Martyn Ball has decided to call time after 19 years of playing for Gloucestershire. He has been a terrific servant of the Club, a tremendous competitor and a great favourite with the fans.”

“We are all united in wanting to thank him for all his efforts for the Club where he has made a significant contribution over those 19 years but especially during the past 8 seasons when our team has collected 9 trophies. His efforts in these one day competitions cannot be under estimated although the statistics will not always show the depth of Martyn’s contribution. As a small example: we only have to look at his 3 terrific catches at slip in the 2003 C&G Final to demonstrate his impact on and value to the side. That said, he performed well in all forms of the game. Everyone at the Club was delighted when he was chosen to tour with England to India in 2001 and we really hoped that he would get a test berth. Alas, it was not to be.”

“We all wish him the best of luck in his new career and have absolutely no doubt that he will make a great success of that too.”