Hampshire Legends Sign Off
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Hampshire Cricket have announced that two long-term stalwarts of the club are leaving.
Batsman Jimmy Adams will retire from professional cricket at the end of the 2018 season.
The 37-year-old made his Hampshire debut 16 years ago and having excelled both as a player and as Club captain in that time, he has made the decision to call time on his career following the conclusion of this year’s campaign.
Adams has totalled more than 450 matches for Hampshire, accumulating 19,601 runs across all formats so far, including 27 centuries and 108 fifties.
The left-hander has been an integral part of several one-day triumphs in recent years too, winning 50-over trophies in 2005, 2009 and 2012 whilst also contributing to two T20 titles in 2010 and 2012.
A four-day title as skipper also came in 2014 when Adams led a strong Hampshire side to the top of County Championship Division Two, securing promotion to the first-class top-tier, where they’ve remained for the past three seasons.
Jimmy Adams says it’s been a fantastic journey: “When I first grew up watching the game as a youngster, I had hopes and aspirations to play for Hampshire, but I never thought I would end up having the honour of representing this wonderful Club for the last 16 years.
“I have made great friendships and shared some fantastic experiences in that time and I’m immensely proud of what the Club has accomplished, but I feel the time is right to hang up my boots at the end of the year and allow others the opportunity for success.
“From everyone at the Club, to fans, friends and family, the support I’ve received throughout these 16 years has been incredible – I still have a few games in me to finish off this season and I’m looking forward to these next few weeks, where I’m sure I’ll have the opportunity to thank you all and look ahead with excitement to the next chapter.”
Director of Cricket, Giles White says Jimmy has been an integral part of the Club since he made his debut in 2002: “He’ll be greatly missed both professionally and personally. He has been a wholehearted and selfless cricketer who’s had a wide-ranging influence both on and off the field.
“It hasn’t just been about the runs and the trophies, it’s about the way he has gone about it. Jimmy is a genuine team player and that’s the reason he’s held in such high regard by fans, players and coaches. We would all like to thank him for the fantastic contributions he’s made throughout his career, both as player and captain.”
Also leaving is all-rounder Sean Ervine.
After making his Hampshire debut 13 years ago and featuring in 486 matches, the 35-year-old has elected to call time on his career with immediate effect.
Ervine is known for his excellent ability with both bat and ball, and has accumulated 15,400 runs across all formats including 20 centuries and 74 fifties, whilst also claiming 373 wickets with the ball.
The left-hander has been a crucial component to the side for more than a decade, particularly in white-ball cricket where he’s contributed to six List A and T20 trophies, highlighted no more so than his match-winning century against Warwickshire in 2005 which saw Hampshire claim the C&G Trophy.
He was also part of the County Championship Division Two title-winning side in 2014, and was awarded a benefit year in 2016.
Sean Ervine says he’s made the biggest decision of his life: “After 14 years playing county cricket I have decided to hang up my number 7 shirt. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rod & Hampshire for giving me the opportunity to advance my career, after having to retire from international cricket with Zimbabwe prematurely.
“I’ve been lucky to play alongside some wonderful people along the way and made some fantastic friends. To the fans who have supported me all these years, I salute you. I’m extremely proud of what I’ve achieved, and I feel honoured that I got to achieve it at Hampshire.
“I’ve always put the team first above everything else, and done it wholeheartedly. I’d finally like to thank my family for their phenomenal sacrifices and support over the years, of which my dream couldn’t be possible.”
Director of Cricket, Giles White said Sean has been an outstanding player for the Club over many years and will be greatly missed, not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room: “He made an immediate impact upon arrival at Hampshire and has gone on to play an important role in one of the most successful periods in the Clubs history, with 7 major trophies won across all formats.
“We would like to thank Sean for all the great service he has given to the Club and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
(Images: Dave Vokes Photography)