Thursday 15 July 2010 

Robin Martin-Jenkins Set For Retirement

Robin Martin-Jenkins Set For Retirement
Robin Martin-Jenkins Set For Retirement
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After fifteen years and 458 matches, all-rounder Robin Martin-Jenkins will be available for Sussex for the final time on Monday evening, as the Sharks take on Worcestershire Royals in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at The County Ground, Hove.

Robin, who turns 35 in October, and is the son of the recently-elected MCC President and cricket journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins, is finishing to prepare for his new career as a Geography and Religious Studies teacher at Hurstpierpoint College, as the new term begins in September.

He made his first-class debut for Sussex against Yorkshire at Scarborough in September 1995, and has since made over 7000 runs averaging over 30, whilst taking nearly 400 wickets at again an average of around 30, statistics which show his consistent all-round capabilities. He has also notched around 2000 List A runs and nearly 250 wickets in the same format.

He played his final LV=County Championship match against Gloucestershire last week, with the game being played in the beautiful surroundings of Arundel. The all-rounder was able to bow out on a high too, as he hit 78 in the first innings to put Sussex well on the way to their eight-wicket victory.

“Personally, it was great to end my four-day career at Arundel with a contribution with the bat, and, more importantly, a win for the team” said Robin, speaking after the win last week.

“It’s great to leave knowing that the club is in a really good place, and I’m still very comfortable with the decision and looking forward to my future. I was a little bit emotional walking off the pitch at Arundel, but it will probably hit home more next week or the week after” he added.

Robin has been a key player in the Sussex Golden Decade with his all-round ability providing balance in the Sussex side as they won countless titles both in the one-day format and the longer form of the game.

Everyone at Sussex County Cricket Club wishes him well in his new career.