Sussex all-rounder Robin Martin-Jenkins has announced that he is to retire in July, ending his cricket career before moving into teaching.
His last four-day match is likely to be the game against Worcestershire in July, after which he will take up a position as a geography and RS teacher at Hurstpierpoint College ready for the new term in September.
“I could have carried on, but I didn’t want to get to the stage where I was holding on too long and not performing," Martin-Jenkins said.
"I’m still enjoying it and I’m going out in a period when I’m still playing well, but I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity outside of cricket now and I intend to grab it with both hands. It’s a good time for the club too as there are some excellent young players coming through.
“It’s been amazing to play for the club in what has been probably their greatest decade ever, it’s been a great honour. Yes, there were some tough times when I first broke into the team but that made guys like me stronger cricketers, and we reaped the rewards with the countless trophies we went on to win."
Martin-Jenkins, 35, made his first-class debut for Sussex in September 1995 and went on to play during Sussex's period of success which included three County Championships, a C & G Trophy, two NatWest Pro40 titles and a Twenty20 Cup.
Paying tribute to Martin-Jenkins, Sussex CCC chairman Jim May said:
“Robin has been a fantastic servant to the club over the past fifteen years. He has played a vital role in our sustained success and has certainly been an unsung hero of our three County Championship winning sides.
“Not only is he an excellent allrounder, but he is also one of the genuinely nicest guys in the game. All of us here at Sussex are disappointed that Robin is leaving us whilst he is in the form of his life, but at the same time we are delighted that he has planned the next phase of his career, and we wish him well."
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