Harris To Retire And Benning To Leave Leicestershire

AJ Harris To Retire And Leave Leicestershire
Harris To Retire And Benning To Leave Leicestershire

Seam bowler AJ Harris has announced his retirement from first-class cricket and will leave Leicestershire at the end of the season, bringing to an end an 18-year career.

Also leaving the club at the end of the season is all-rounder James Benning, who joined from Surrey in late 2009.

Harris, 37,  was Leicestershire's leading Championship wicket-taker last season but lost his place following two early wins as Matthew Hoggard, Nathan Buck and Nadeem Malik kept him on the sidelines.

“I have been fortunate enough to have played for 18 seasons during which time I have played with and against some very special players and some of the finest cricketers to have ever graced our beautiful game," Harris said.

“I am honoured to be able to call many of them a friend and it will be strange not to be sharing a changing room with them again.
“I always received the most incredibly generous support from players, staff, the media and especially the members and supporters of all the teams I have played for and I cannot thank them all enough.
"But all good things must come to an end and now is the right time to move on and I look forward to my future with great enthusiasm. I hope people will feel that I always gave 100 per cent whenever I walked out for their team.”

Harris began his career with Derbyshire in 1993, switching to Nottinghamshire in 2000, winning the Championship in 2005 before moving to Leicestershire in 2009.

Benning featured just once in the Championship although played a bigger role in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and the Friends Provident t20 competitions.

“James is a talented cricketer who I'm sure will attract interest from other counties," senior coach Tim Boon said.

“He has made good contributions in one day cricket with bat and ball. James had limited four day opportunities but has the ability to change the course of the game through a positive approach.

“I personally wish James every success in the future.”

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