Northants Cricket can announce that seam bowler Lee Daggett will retire from professional first class cricket at the end of the season. After this season he will become a physiotherapist for Northampton Saints Rugby Club.
Lee has been an excellent servant for the club, both on and off the field. The 30-year-old made his first class debut for Durham MCCU against Nottinghamshire in 2003. Before joining Northants in 2009, he played for Warwickshire and Leicestershire but his glory years have undoubtedly been here at the County Ground.
He has taken 165 wickets in first class cricket, including best bowling figures of 8 for 94 against Durham for Durham MCCU. This year he played a vital role in the Steelbacks’ Friends Life t20 campaign, as his tight bowling and variety helped the Steelbacks bring a major trophy back to the County Ground for the first time in 21 years.
Daggett has also been a leading representative for the club in the community and he is the Northants Cricket’s ambassador for disability cricket. He is known for his charity work and helping those in need. An example of this is the charity ride he and James Middlebrook will be taking part in for the Professional Cricketers Association Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust in October.
Daggett said of his retirement, 'After giving it a huge amount of consideration over the last couple of months, I have decided to retire at the end of the season to take up an offer of employment from Northampton Saints Rugby Club. Some of you may know that I have been a physiotherapist for over a year now and spent some time working with Northampton Saints last winter, in which time they decided to offer me a full time position amongst their medical team. I have not taken this decision lightly and with all things considered I have decided it is time to move on to the next step of my career as a physio.
I would like to thank everybody at Northants Cricket for all of your support over my 5 years at the club. On a personal level my career only began to progress once I joined the club and it is no surprise to me that the club is now getting the success that it richly deserves. I hope to maintain my links with all at the club over the coming years.
I would also like to thank everybody else who has been involved in my career, players, coaches, physios, strength and conditioning coaches, ground and office staff. Not to mention my family, friends and wife for supporting me through what is a turbulent career path.
The success in t20 has been a great way to finish, and I hope that we can top this off with further success in the championship. Finally I'd like to wish everybody associated with the club the best of luck for the future, I'm very confident that more success is on its way!
Northants Head Coach, David Ripley said, “Lee is an outstanding professional and it has been a pleasure to work with him during his time at Northants. I am delighted he has found an opportunity outside of the game, something that has secured his long term future. His contribution to our one day success this season has been massive, both in the dressing room and his skills on the field.”
Northants Cricket would like to thank Lee for all the hard work he has put in for the club over the last 5 years and wish him the best of luck at Northampton Saints and all of his future endeavours.