Friday 1 February 2008 

Phil Weston Announces Retirement

Derbyshire’s veteran opening batsman Phil Weston is to retire from First Class cricket with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old left hander joined the county in 2007 from Gloucestershire. Weston began his career with Worcestershire in 1989 and is a former captain of England Under 19’s. During a distinguished career he amassed over 12,500 first class runs, including 24 centuries and enjoyed his high point when he scored a match winning 110 not out in the 2004 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy final at Lord’s against his former county Worcestershire.

Over the winter Weston has been working with National Australia Bank under a scheme run by the Professional Cricketers Association. He has recently been offered a permanent position and subsequently called time on a 17 year career.

Weston said: "It has been a very difficult decision to finish my career, particularly after a disappointing season in 2007 – it is not the way I would ideally like to have ended my time in the game and with Derbyshire.

"As it is I have been offered an excellent opportunity through the work of the PCA and I have to look at my long term future. I would like to thank everyone involved at Derbyshire for their understanding and wish the Club well for the future."

Chief Executive Tom Sears said: "While we are naturally disappointed to lose a player of Phil’s qualities and experience we can understand the decision he has made. Although his time with us has been brief and, on the face of it not too successful in terms of runs, Phil has been a tremendous influence on and off the pitch, he has always been an exemplary professional throughout his career and I have no doubt these qualities will stand him in good stead for a successful career outside of the game.

"Looking ahead, we will be working with our Head if Cricket John Morris to assess how the additional funds that have been freed up by Phil’s departure can best be used to bolster our squad further."

© Derbyshire CCC