Thursday 10 September 2009 

Somerset Wicket-Keeper Gazzard Calls It A Day

Somerset Wicket-Keeper Gazzard Calls It A Day
Somerset Wicket-Keeper Gazzard Calls It A Day
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27-year-old Somerset wicket-keeper Carl Gazzard is to retire from first-class cricket to pursue a career in finance.

Gazzard, who first played for Somerset in 2002, has only played second team cricket this season following the emergence of Craig Kieswetter and only managed one appearance in 2008.

He did play a key role in Somerset's 2005 Twenty Cup victory at The Oval, being named man of the match in the semi-final, where they defeated Leicestershire.

He retires with a first-class average of 19.94 from 28 matches and 954 runs in One-Day cricket including a career best of 157.

"Carl has been a tremendous servant of Somerset cricket and we would like to wish him every success for the future," Somerset Director of Cricket told Somerset's homepage.

"He played a very important part in the 2005 Twenty20 Cup final win when he was man-of-the-match in the semi-final.

"He has been very unlucky because of the emergence of Craig Kieswetter as a very obvious talent. He was always going to struggle because of him."

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