Northants Cricket can confirm that long serving batsman David Sales will retire at the end of the 2014 cricket season.
David made his debut for Northants in 1996 and has played 249 First Class games scoring 14,140 runs. He also played 267 one-day games scoring 7,406 runs. He began his First Class career in spectacular fashion when he scored 210 not out against Worcestershire in 1996 aged 18 - the youngest person to score a Championship double hundred.
David has had a long distinguished career and represented his country at England Lions level, the club would like to place on record its thanks for the loyalty to Northants Cricket. He can leave the club with his head held high and with a great deal of pride in his contribution towards Northants Cricket.
Head Coach David Ripley said, “Jumbles retirement signals the end of an era at Northants. An international class batsman, top slip fielder, astute cricket brain and humorous contributor to dressing room banter, he will be sadly missed. I was fortunate to be playing in his debut match, and have witnessed most of his match winning innings since then. I would like to thank him personally for his support and friendship and on behalf of everybody at Northants Cricket all the best in his future coaching career.”
David Sales said, “I have had a fantastic time in cricket, but unfortunately picking up this serious ankle injury and to retire in this way is not how I planned it".
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my career and the last 20 years at Northants Cricket, and whilst disappointed that I didn't play at the very highest level, I will look back with pride at my achievements">
"Many thanks to the many friends I have made, on and off the pitch, and all of the supporters who have been fantastic to me throughout my career. I wish Northants Cricket and all the lads every success moving forward.”
Chairman Gavin Warren said, ‘’Everyone at Northants Cricket would like to wish David all the very best for the future, it has been a pleasure to have him at the cricket club.’’