Sussex fast bowler James Anyon has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after having failed to recover from a persistent knee injury that saw him miss the entire 2015 domestic season.
Anyon joined Sussex in 2010, coming from Warwickshire and has gone on to take 199 first-class wickets for the team and has 311 wickets from 110 matches in the format including seven five-wicket hauls.
The 32-year-old also missed a larger part of the 2014 domestic season due to the knee injury and has thus decided not to renew his contract with Sussex and has announced his retirement.
Revealing that the past 18 months have been quite frustrating for him, Anyon said that he has taken the advice of the medical staff in making his decision.
“It’s been a frustrating 18 months having failed to recover from a knee injury,” Anyon said.
“On the advice of the club’s medical staff, I have decided not to pursue my first-class cricketing career.”
Anyon also went on to thank the club and the medical staff for all the support and further stated that he is hoping to contribute to Sussex as a coach in the future.
“I have had a fantastic time at the club since I joined in 2010 and I would like to thank everyone who has made me and my family so welcome here at Hove.
“I’m very fortunate to have played my best cricket at Sussex, and I’m very proud that I got to represent the county as often as I did.
“I’d like to make a special thank you to the medical staff and the PCA for all their help over the past twelve months, and I wish the club success going forward, as we have a lot of good people who are working hard to make the club successful both on and off the pitch.
“Over the winter, I’ve enjoyed coaching some of the promising young players from the Sussex Age Group Squads and I hope to be able to continue to contribute to the club in the future.”
Mark Davis, the Sussex head coach thanked Anyon for his services to the club over the last six years and added that he was a great person to have in the dressing room.
“Firstly, a big thank you to Jimmy for the outstanding service he has given to Sussex over the last six years,” said Davis.
“Jimmy was not only a top class cricketer, who at times could be super quick with the ball in hand, but was a great man to be around and an integral part of the dressing room.
“With a strong work ethic Jimmy, will be successful at whatever he decides to do in the future.
“We wish Jimmy, Anna and their impending arrival all the best for the future.”
Apart from 110 first class games, Anyon has played 43 List A matches and has 47 wickets while he also has 30 wickets from 26 Twenty20 matches.
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